Seymour Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
July 6, 2014
Worship Service 10:00am
Please join us after service for coffee hour.
“Celebrating Our 225th Anniversary”
Did you miss our worship service on June 29th?
Click on the image below to view the video.
Friends – enclosed is Spirited Wednesday, an online devotional from the Connecticut Conference of the UCC.
Will It and Do It
A reflection by the Rev. Dr. Maritza Angulo de Gonzalez
Scripture: Romans 7:15-25a (GW)
I don’t realize what I’m doing. I don’t do what I want to do. Instead, I do what I hate. I don’t do what I want to do, but I agree that God’s standards are good. So I am no longer the one who is doing the things I hate, but sin that lives in me is doing them. I know that nothing good lives in me; that is, nothing good lives in my corrupt nature. Although I have the desire to do what is right, I don’t do it. I don’t do the good I want to do. Instead, I do the evil that I don’t want to do. Now, when I do what I don’t want to do, I am no longer the one who is doing it. Sin that lives in me is doing it. So I’ve discovered this truth: Evil is present with me even when I want to do what God’s standards say is good. I take pleasure in God’s standards in my inner being. However, I see a different standard at work throughout my body. It is at war with the standards my mind sets and tries to take me captive to sin’s standards which still exist throughout my body. What a miserable person I am! Who will rescue me from my dying body? I thank God that our Lord Jesus Christ rescues me!
In the Mexican TV culture there is a character called “El Chapulin Colorado” who does exactly that, the things that others find bad, evil, sinful. But at the same time he means good. He is always surprised when others are unable to understand why he does the things he does. He is always amazed at the fact that others misunderstand his motives, and he concludes by saying “And now who can defend me?”
Isn’t this the same question that many ask when misunderstood, when wanting to do the right thing, the proper thing, yet are unable to? This is a dialectical dilemma, one individual with two potential decisions pulling against each other! What a spiritual disaccord? What a spiritual struggle?
As a Christian who is also in the field of psychology, I always debate whether to address this issue as a religious/spiritual leader or in a psychological manner. I have noticed that individuals are always seeking balance from our spiritual selves and our frail humanity. I have concluded in my personal life that I am comprised of both, and I want to be integrated into a true self, not either or; I am both and it is OK! My goal as a leader is not to guide, lead, or coerce individuals to decide one or the other. This pulling between one or the other, which is a dialectic, can, if we allow it, create a balance in our lives. A life that is not tossing or pulling, is stable in the fact that we already know who we are, what our struggle is. If this is so, then let The One that can orchestrate a change in our inner self, in our mind and our body, do what He does best – defend us from ourselves!
Let’s create a balance in our lives! One think I have learned throughout the years is that El Chapulin Colorado is our own unconscious mind forcing us to look at the ways we treat and engage ourselves in doing what is good, what is honest, what is pure, what is holy, what is godly, despite our own struggles and confusions. The Bible says “love […] like you love yourself.” In those moments of struggles and questions, those moments when we say, “What a miserable person I am! Who will rescue me?” Let our Lord Jesus Christ rescue us from ourselves and thank God that He rescues me!”
God of those who like me sin, thank you for rescuing me from myself. You are the balance of my life. I know I can count on you, always! And when you rescue me, please give me the will to do what gives me life and strength, to serve others and worship you. Amen.
The Rev. Dr. Maritza Angulo de Gonzalez is Pastor of Manantial de Gracia “Spring of Grace”, UCC in New Britain, Connecticut.
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Called to Care Lay caregivers dedicated this past Sunday
The Church dedicated the “called to care Lay care givers” during worship this past Sunday. The Called to Care Caregivers are members of the Seymour Church who have undertaken the ministry of visiting to members of the Seymour Congregational Church community who may be in need of a visit. These may include the hospitalized, shut is or members recovering from an illness. These visits may also include phone contacts, e-mails or personal letters.
The members who are involved in the training for this program are Sandy Barber, Michelle Mann, Bob Peck, Lynn Traverse and Craig Michael Mann.
The procedure for accessing this ministry goes as follows. If you or a loved one is in need of a visit, you or they should call the office and speak to Connie, the office administrator or to Rev. Ed directly.
You may also e-mail the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Rev Ed at email@example.com .
They will then contact a visiting person or team. Please do not contact them directly as that will interrupt the timeliness of this program.
It is summer reading time, so we have a “sometime funny” quirky book to read.
Too Close to the Falls by Catherine Gildiner is an interesting novel set in the 50s –so the older ladies (hmmmm) can relate to the naiveté and vivid social descriptions.
If you have time and want to read this book, talk to Mandy Hicks about joining us on July 18th.
Office hours this week:
Our church secretary will be on vacation this coming week.
Rev Ed will be in the office Tues., Wed., and Thurs. from 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM.
He will be out visiting in the afternoons.
During July and August, while our Adult Choir takes a well deserved vacation, we will have soloists. Many thanks to Peggy Frazine for sharing her talent with us today!
Monday, June 30 4:00 PM Weight Watchers
Thursday, July 3 7:00 PM AA
The Food Bank is very low on the following items:
1 lb. boxes of spaghetti.
Jello, pudding, spam, jam, jelly, canned fruit, instant potatoes, canned white potatoes.