Our Puritan ancestors were a real bundle of fun. Learn about a “Puritan Christmas” in this Sunday’s sermon, titled “Peace and Pilgrims.”
During the four Sundays of Advent, we welcome diverse groups of families and friends to light the Advent candles. You need at least two people, one to read and one to light, though larger groups are welcome! We especially encourage newer members and friends in our community. If you are willing to share in this [...]
This Sunday, our worship is lead by members of the Vitality Team, the group charged with helping us adapt the practices of thriving congregations to our own context. Ed Hupton will be back to lead our musical praise.
This week we will focus on forgiveness and salvation, drawing on the 12th chapter of Isaiah. The choir will lead us in musical praise, and AJ will share U2′s classic rendition of the 40th Psalm.
This Sunday the choir is performing excerpts from Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem.” This majestic piece was completed in January 1962, and first performed at the dedication of the new Coventry Cathedral, replacing a 14th century structure destroyed by Nazi bombers during the Second World War. Britten combines the traditional requiem format, exemplified by last week’s [...]
This Sunday we will celebrate our veterans. Our scripture comes from the 51st Psalm, and the choir will perform excerpts from Benjamin Britten’s moving War Requiem. Rather than wrestle with the concept of just war, this year’s Veterans’ Day sermon will focus on moral injury, a category recently recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs, [...]
This Sunday we will honor the saints, with a special remembrance of those we have lost during the past year. The choir will perform pieces from Mozart’s Requiem. We will also come to the Lord’s Table, receive financial pledges for 2014, as well as contributions for the Deacons’ Fund and non-perishable food items for the [...]
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D minor was incomplete at the time of the composer’s death in 1791. It follows the traditional form of a requiem, a Mass for the Dead, often but not exclusively used for funerals. The term requiem comes from the Latin Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, which translates as “Grant [...]
This Sunday we consider Luke 18:9-14, and Pastor Gary will preach about our core UCC belief in continuing testament, with references to the films of Danny Boyle and his smash hit “Slumdog Millionaire.”
In the several years since I joined Sayville Congregational UCC there have been many changes; changes in people, spaces and relationships. Some big, some small, some good, and some…..Well we all have different ideas about change and what is good, helpful, constructive, and what is less so. Which brings me to today’s topic Communication or [...]
If we have mostly rejected the idea of a puppet-master God who blesses some and crushes others, then what do we accomplish in prayer? Is it simply an act of self-delusion? Or is something really going on? Pastor Gary’s teaching will address “The Prayer Problem,” and suggest that prayer still has power, even in our [...]
- That many have stopped celebrating Columbus Day, instead opting for “Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” a celebration and acknowledgment that all fifty states were populated before the arrival of European settlers? – That the United Church of Christ, at its 29th General Synod this summer, voted to repudiate the idea that Europeans “discovered” the Americas? – [...]
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