Worshipful Thoughts

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Worshipful Thoughts is a weekly newsletter written by Rev. Joel Huntington in which he shares Biblical themes and church concerns. The newsletter also contains information about upcoming meetings and events at South Congregational Church.

Worshipful Thoughts for Sunday, July 3

by Erin Murphy

This Sunday we remember and celebrate the 4th of July holiday through our hymns and prayers. We’ll sing “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies” by Katherine Bates. This is a grand, tender hymn. Katherine wrote this while on Pike’s Peak in Colorado, amazed at the wonder and beauty of this land—and all the promise it held. […]

Worshipful Thoughts for Sunday, June 12 — Children’s Sunday 

by Erin Murphy

This Sunday we will celebrate the ministry of our Church School as we focus on the generosity of God and the call that comes to us to be generous and self-giving in response. Our young ones will be readers, ushers, will share their own brief reflections on the gifts of this past year, and they […]

Worshipful Thoughts — Trinity Sunday, May 22, 2016

by Erin Murphy

This Sunday is traditionally known as Trinity Sunday since it follows Pentecost Sunday with its focus on the coming of the Spirit. To help us reflect on the meaning of the three-in-one nature of God we have a reading from the Gospel of John (16:12-15) where Jesus tells the disciples that the Spirit of Truth […]

Worshipful Thoughts — Pentecost, Sunday, May 15, 2016

by Erin Murphy

This Sunday is Pentecost, 50 days after Easter and the Jewish festival of spring harvest. It is also known as the birthday of the Church when the early disciples were filled with the Sprit and empowered for ministry in the world in the name of Jesus. Our children will process in with bright streamers and […]

Worshipful Thoughts — May 8, 2016, Mother’s Day

by Erin Murphy

On this Sunday as we remember our moms and the gift of family, we will read passages that at first seem quite unrelated to this holiday.  In John 17:20-26 we listen in as Jesus offers his final prayer for his disciples and for humans of all time — that we may be one, with lives […]

Worshipful Thoughts — May 1, 2016

by Erin Murphy

In this season of Easter we are seeking to open ourselves to the Risen Christ in our midst. This Sunday as we share in Communion and explore two intriguing Scripture passages we are invited to let our lives become more sacramental. In Acts 16: 9-15 we read about Paul as he and his companions spread […]

Worshipful Thoughts — April 24, 2016

by Erin Murphy

Earth Day is this Friday, a day to remember the goodness of Creation and our need to care for this world that is such a gift from the hand of God. Our two readings will help us in this regard. From the Book of Revelation we will hear described the great vision of ‘a new […]

Worshipful Thoughts — April 17, 2016

by Erin Murphy

This Sunday is known as Good Shepherd Sunday as we read Psalm 23 and John 10:22-30. The Psalm uses evocative images that describe the care of God as the work of a shepherd who tends a flock. In the Gospel Jesus speaks of his disciples as those who hear the voice of the shepherd and are guided by […]

Worshipful Thoughts — April 10, 2016

by Erin Murphy

This Sunday we have the joy of sharing in the sacrament of Baptism. We will be baptizing Nowell Wesley, son of Genesis Wesley and Jonathan Villaneuva—one of our new families who have been coming in recent months. Nowell is 8. His big sister, Osheanna, is 10. I’m hoping she will help me with a part of the ceremony. […]

Worshipful Thoughts — Maundy Thursday, March 25, 2016

by Erin Murphy

Tonight we share in our Maundy Thursday service at 7:30pm. with solemn hymns, anthems, and music. We will share in Communion and enact the betrayal of the disciples as we read the story of the betrayal, arrest, trial, and condemnation of Jesus. Please come and share in this heartfelt spiritual experience that will conclude in silence by 8:30pm. […]