E-Bridge 10/5/2014

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October 5, 2014

Worship Service 10:00am

Please join us after church in Fellowship Hall for Coffee Hour.

It is being hosted by the Diaconate. 

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“Celebrating Our 225th Anniversary”

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Welcome to this weeks – e-bridge!

Get dressed up for this Sunday’s service as we play to take a group photo of all present. We will use this photo for some of the upcoming publicity. This is also a warning for those who are camera shy to come also but you may wish to remain seated while the body comes forward.

Come hungry as we celebrate communion – remember this is “World communion Sunday”

Below is Rev. Spencer’s reflection of Exodus 20 a text familiar to us from the past weeks readings. 


Delight

Spirited Wednesday

Today’s reflection written by the Rev. Jocelyn B. Gardner Spencer

Exodus 20:8-11

Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God; you shall not do any work – you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.

Reflection:

“For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth…” You remember that story, don’t you?

It starts with, “Let there be light,” and it progresses through sky and earth, sun and moon, plants and animals. All blessed, all good, so very good. And then, on the seventh day, God rested.

Here’s what I want to know: What did God do while he rested? How did God spend her day off?

Did God sit around all day in her pajamas, gorging on Netflix and Ben & Jerry’s straight from the tub? Had God been so busy working all week long that he had to spend that seventh day doing laundry, running errands, catching up on email, paying bills? Did God feel guilty about taking time off because there was so much work still to be done?

Of course, we can’t know exactly what God did on that seventh day. But the rabbinic tradition gives us a wonderful way to think about it. The rabbis have interpreted this story to mean that there was, in fact, something yet to be created on that seventh day, something without which the universe would be incomplete. That something is called, in Hebrew, menuha. We often translate this word as “rest,” but its meaning runs deeper than that. Menuha is not just the absence of work – it is the presence of delight.

Can you imagine God on that seventh day, strolling through a field of wildflowers, taking a dip in the ocean, savoring the sweetness of a strawberry, playing fetch with a golden retriever, listening to a child laugh, sitting down to dinner at a candlelit table?

What God created on that seventh day was rest, to be sure, but it was an active, appreciative, relational rest, a rest characterized by delight – a rest that is both a gift and a commandment.

What would it be like if we approached our sabbath days with that kind of eagerness, that kind of joy? And how might that spirit of sabbath delight spill over into the rest of our days?


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ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Flu and Pneumonia Vaccine:  THIS Sunday, October 5th, Stephanie and the UCONN Pharmacy students will be running their annual Flu Shot clinic.  Stephanie will also have the Pneumonia and Shingles shots available.   To sign up please see Teresa Kregling or email kreg5@comcast.net, phone 203-881-2027.

22nd Annual Polish Dinner:  Saturday, November 1st, 5 to 7 pm.  We would love to have you join us again this year.  We will need many hands to make this another successful year.  Any donations are welcome. Contact Teresa Kregling during coffee hour or at 203-881-2027 or kreg5@comcast.net.

Snowflake Fair Update:  There will be a Committee Meeting next Saturday, October 11th at 9:30 AM in the Nursery.  Next Sunday will be the deadline for donations to the Positively Pink basket.  A sign-up sheet to volunteer to work the day of the fair will be on the back table during coffee hour.


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OFFICE HOURS THIS WEEK

 

Reverend: Tuesday- Thursday 9:30 AM-4:00 PM

Administrative Asst: Tuesday – Thursday 9:30 AM-1:30 PM

 

Rev. Ed is here Tuesday-Thursday from 9:30 AM – 4 PM.  He would like to meet members of the congregation, and puts morning hours aside for that.  Please call first if you plan to come in the afternoon as Rev. Ed goes out to visit at that time.

 

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E Bridge – Week of 7/13/2014

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“Celebrating Our 225th Anniversary”

 

Worship Service 10:00AM


Some rambling thoughts about gardening

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

The text this week the sower gets us thinking about weeds and seeds – what do you do with the weeds in your garden. When harvest time arrives what will you harvest?

I had a client who recently told me that he was moving to a clean and sober house. He said that it did not matter which one, he just needed to get away from his current environment and into a clean place.  I suggested to him that it did matter, it matters a lot. I suggested that he be in a house where all the residences were committed to being clean and sober.

When considering the garden you choose to hang out in in matters a lot. It is not just about the good seed – it is also about the weeds. If you swim in a dirty pool you will mostly get sick. If you cannot change the water, change pools.

I have a friend who runs a clean and sober house for 38 people and they do a good job but not perfect as they would freely share. It is difficult to help people sort out their lives and find some stability and hope for the future. Especially when the environment is polluted. 

WE can relate to the parable of the sower, because we throw a lot of seeds and not all find good soil.”  Some find themselves near a dirty pool.

More than that what do we do after we toss out that good seed.  What do we do to nurture it and protect it? Who is untimely responsible for the pool water.  Or do just scatter it around and see what will develop.

 

 


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The Spirit Calendar
A Weekly Devotional from the Connecticut Conference
United Church of Christ

 

This week’s author is the Rev. Kent J. Siladi, Conference Minister of the Connecticut Conference.

Isaiah 55:10-13 (The Message)

Just as rain and snow descend from the skies
and don’t go back until they’ve watered the earth,
Doing their work of making things grow and blossom,
producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry,
So will the words that come out of my mouth
not come back empty-handed.
They’ll do the work I sent them to do,
they’ll complete the assignment I gave them.
So you’ll go out in joy,
you’ll be led into a whole and complete life.
The mountains and hills will lead the parade,
bursting with song.
All the trees of the forest will join the procession,
exuberant with applause.
No more thistles, but giant sequoias,
no more thorn bushes, but stately pines –
Monuments to me, to GOD,
living and lasting evidence of GOD.

Reflection: Closer to Earth

It is summer. Do you remember watching the snow falling outside your window and yearning for these lazy, hazy days? Do you remember thinking, “I can’t wait to plant my garden, go to the beach, play golf, take a hike, go on VACATION!”

Well it has arrived. We give thanks for the rhythm of the seasons and for the changes we see taking place here in the beautiful state of Connecticut.

Our youngest daughter Katrina is a gardener and an aspiring farmer. She works at the Edible Schoolyard program in New York City where she is the Head Garden Educator teaching urban children where their food comes from. She lives close to the earth and always has. She has taught me so much about caring for the earth and how interdependence is part and parcel of the fragile ecosystem that we are called to honor and protect.

The people of Isaiah’s day lived a lot closer to the land than most of us do in our time. This vision and image of the natural world joining together in praising God is a bit startling to those of us who are enamored by technology and machines and buildings.

I love the way this passage intertwines the relationship between humankind and the created order. Our responsibility as stewards of God’s Creation is clear and it is a high and holy calling. We don’t own the earth. The earth is God’s. We are part and parcel of a created order, and we are called to walk gently and to work for wholeness on behalf of the planet that we are a part of. In order to live the “whole and complete life” that Isaiah speaks of we must recognize our interdependence with the ecosystem that we inhabit and share with plants and animals, with oceans and birds, with sequoias and tomatoes.

Prayer:

Thank you God for this reminder that we are a part of the Earth and that as human creatures we are called to live in harmony with your Creation. As we enjoy this summer season open our eyes to the beauty that surrounds us and remind us of our responsibility to be good stewards of your Amazing Creation. For all good gifts around us, we give you thanks and praise. Amen.

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THIS WEEK at Seymour Congregational Church

 

Sunday, July 13 11:30am Called to Care
Monday, July 14 4:00pm Weight Watchers
 Thursday, July 17  7:00  AA

 


OFFICE HOURS THIS WEEK

Reverend – Tues., Wed.  & Thurs. – 9:30 AM-1:30 PM

Administrative Asst. – 9:30 – 1:30 Tues, Wed. & Thursday

 


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.