Weekly Email from Pastor Terry

 

WEEKLY EMAIL

First Congregational Church of Hanover, Massachusetts

From Pastor Terry

johnterry@fcchanover.org

May 24, 2020

Seventh Sunday of Easter

Join us this Sunday at the virtual coffee hour Sunday 10:30

Call to Worship from Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35

Let God rise up, let his enemies be scattered; let those who hate him flee before him.  As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; as wax melts before the fire, let the wicked perish before God.  But let the righteous be joyful; let them exult before God; let them be jubilant with joy. 

Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds--his name is the LORD-- be exultant before him.  5 Father of orphans and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.  God gives the desolate a home to live in; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious live in a parched land. 

O God, when you went out before your people, when you marched through the wilderness, the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain at the presence of God, the God of Sinai, at the presence of God, the God of Israel.  9 Rain in abundance, O God, you showered abroad; you restored your heritage when it languished; your flock found a dwelling in it; in your goodness, O God, you provided for the needy. 

Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth; sing praises to the Lord, O rider in the heavens, the ancient heavens; listen, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice.  Ascribe power to God, whose majesty is over Israel; and whose power is in the skies.  Awesome is God in his sanctuary, the God of Israel; he gives power and strength to his people.  Blessed be God! 

Invocation

Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven that he might rule over all things as Lord.  Keep the church in the unity of the Spirit and in the bond of peace; bring all creation to worship at his feet, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. 

Gospel: John 17:1-11

Sermon: DO WE HAVE A PRAYER?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Rev. Dr. John A. Terry’s email has been hacked again.  Never respond to any request from anyone asking you to send gift cards - never.   

The SEARCH COMMITTEE meets Wednesday evening – remotely and safely.  They will soon be sending out a whole church communication asking for your input on the question of: Who is my neighbor? 

GET YOURSELF ON YOUTUBE.  As we continue with remote worship, we are looking for folks who are willing to help remotely by doing the Call to Worship and the Scripture Reading from home.  If you are interested please let me know. 

BIBLE STUDY continues via ZOOM on Monday night.  Since this coming Monday is a holiday, let’s plan on meeting next on Monday, June 1.  Please be ready to discuss a book selection that you would like to explore.  Contact Dennis Falcione to join in the discussion.  (C: 781 413 7150; Email: dkfalcione@gmail.com)

Dennis will host a WEDNESDAY HOUR OF FELLOWSHIP this next Wednesday (May 27th) @ 2:00 pm. This will be an open forum for church related inquiries, fellowship, and general matters.  Go to https://zoom.us/j/92015892843?pwd=NzBMTGVDMEpMVFV5Z3luTmpuaVh5Zz09 for Zoom Meeting ID:  920 1589 2843; Password:  182219                                                     

CELEBRATIONS AND CONCERNS

  • Prayers for all that are publically serving during these times whether physicians or story clerks, first responders or mail carriers 
  • For Jim Hoyes at the passing of his cousin Rick and Rick’s surviving spouse Mary, and for Jim and his family unable to be present with them at this time
  • And a celebration with Andrew Talbot who has found healing on his leg wound for the first time since 2015
  • For Margaret Powers who on Valentine’s Day became a Great Grandmother.  Her name is Olivia Rose and her son Mark and his wife Mary are the Grandparents.  Kate and Dave Barton are Olivia's parents and they live in Portland, Maine.
  • Prayer for Carolyn Frattalone and for her cousin Judy Lynch and her family at the passing of her husband Frank Lynch
  • The Bunar family at the passing of Nancy Bunar, mother of Michael Bunar
  • Continued prayers for Patricia Higgins as she continues to recover in the hospital
  • For Larry as he fights covid 19
  • For Deidre as she recovers from health problems
  • For baby Isaac born with respiratory problems and is on a ventilator
  • For a nurse , Anne, as she struggles with her experiences taking care of corvid patients
  • Linda Harkins, Karen Tripp’s sister, a pediatric nurse, at home in quarantine. 

The best way to send me the request for announcements, celebration or concern is my email: johnterry@fcchanover.org

From the Rev. Derek White

To the First Congregational Church of Hanover:

I received word today that my full time order with the military will end sometime this fall.  As a Guardsmen I have done 4 ½ years of mobilizations, beyond the 1095 day rule set by Congress.  As a result I will need to either go Active Duty or return to Parish Ministry. 

I am highly desired as a candidate for the Active Duty but it would require moving to a base that could be anywhere in the world.  This is something the family would prefer not doing.  The other option would be to apply for a full time ministry position with a church in the area to stay local.  It is a big decision. 

I will be happy to take a break from the specific mission I have done for the last several years.  It is one of the more difficult assignments out there.  Over the next couple weeks the family will be in prayer of what the next step will look like.  As my family church I wanted to share the news with you and ask you keep us in prayer. 

Rev. Derek White

Chaplain Capt. Derek White

COFFEE HOUR

Don't forget to come to our virtual Coffee Hour on Sunday at 10:30. Here's the link.

Please consider the following options in lieu of your weekly offering:

1) Making an online donation to FCC Hanover on our website https://www.fcchanover.org/give-gift/

2) Mailing your check to FCC Hanover, 17 Silver Street, Hanover, MA 02339

3) Setting up an auto- bill pay through your bank

4) If you’ve yet to make your annual pledge for 2020, it’s not too late. It’s also not too early to make your next pledge or change your amount.

BONUS FOR ALL WHO READ THIS FAR

A friend of mine, Dr. Bruce Epperly, pastor of South Church in Centerville, is also an author and professor.  He regularly teaches classes at his church.  He sent me a link so that anyone interested can join in.  This is the information.  

Mystic Mondays - 1 p.m.

An exploration of mystical experience in this time of pandemic - upcoming weeks include -

May 25 - Pierre de Caussade: The Sacrament of the Present Moment

June 1 - Benedict of Nursia: Everyday Mysticism

June 8 - Howard Thurman: Contemplation and Action

June 15 - Julian of Norwich: All Shall be Well

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