Sunday, February 21st

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We continue our Lenten journey, and our journey through Mark, with a reading from the 10th chapter. Jesus asks James and John if they are willing to drink from the same cup. Little do they know…

After worship, Pastor Gary will introduce the Fourth Phoenix Affirmation: Christian love of God includes expressing our love in worship that is as sincere, vibrant, and artful as it is scriptural.

This Sunday: February 14th

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A sad young man, an overloaded camel, and abandoned families! This week we continue our journey through the Gospel According to Mark, focusing on the portions of the 10th chapter. Join us at 11:00am as we seek real life wisdom in our ancient sacred text…

This Sunday: February 7th

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But he was just born!

This week we are already at the first Passion prediction and the Transfiguration. It is the first Sunday of the month, so we will gather at Christ’s Open Table in celebration. We’ll also collect non-perishable goods, particularly those with protein, for the Sayville Food Pantry, as well as monetary donations for the Deacons’ Fund, used to provide confidential assistance to members in need.

This Sunday: January 31st

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Heads will roll! This week we find Jesus teaching in his hometown, and also hear the final chapter in the story of John the Baptizer. The disciples get the instruction to “shake off the dust” and move on. What does that mean for us as church?

After worship, members and friends will gather to discuss the 3rd Phoenix Affirmation: Christian love of God includes celebrating the God whose Spirit pervades and whose glory is reflected in all of God’s Creation, including the earth and its ecosystems, the sacred and secular, the Christian and non-Christian, the human and non-human.

This Sunday: January 24th

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This Sunday, we will worship in our Fellowship Hall, immediately behind the church, as the Victorian Tea fund raising event continues in the church proper.

We will continue our journey through the Gospel of Mark, with stories of healing and resurrection. Please join us.

This Sunday: January 17th

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This Sunday, we continue our journey through the Gospel According to Mark. Our text includes a number of kingdom teachings, including the lamp and the bushel basket, as well as the mustard seed. We’ll hear a video teaching from the former Archbishop of Canterbury, and Pastor Gary will speak with the children about teaching stories. Join us at 11am as we worship and celebrate.

This Sunday: January 10th

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We continue our journey through the Gospel According to Mark. This week, Jesus is in two houses, his own and that of Levi, the tax-collector. A hole is torn in a roof, and Jesus discusses who needs healing, distancing himself from the “righteous.”

After worship, Pastor Gary will briefly present on the 3rd of the Phoenix Affirmations:

“Christian Love of God includes celebrating the God whose Spirit pervades and whose glory is reflected in all of God’s Creation, including the earth and its ecosystems, the sacred and secular, the Christian and non-Christian, the human and non-human.”

 

This Sunday: January 3rd

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This Sunday we continue our study of the Gospel According to Mark, with special attention to Jesus as Healer. We will also celebrate communion and accept monetary offerings for the Deacons’ Fund and non-perishable food offerings for the Sayville Food Pantry. They especially appreciate food items that contain protein.

Church Bells and Christmas Eve

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THIS BELL IS
DEDICATED TO GOD’S SERVICE,
AND TO THE USE OF THE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH,
BY THE
YOUNG PEOPLE’S SOCIETY OF CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR.
DECEMBER 25. 1890.

So reads the inscription on the bell in our church tower. The same bell that peels out at the beginning and end of each Sunday worship service or to celebrate a wedding, or which tolls mournfully as we remember those members of our church family that we have lost in the past year.
But who were the members of the Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor? When was their group founded? And, just how old were these ‘young people’? How did they raise the funds to have the bell cast? Did the bell first ring forth through the crisp midnight air at the end of a Christmas eve candlelight service in the then new church? Alas, the answers are shrouded in the mists of time. But we can imagine the work of these young congregants, holding bake sales, doing additional chores to raise money or canvassing the community for donations inspired by the great oak timbers of the tower which were rising heavenward from the skilled hands of Robert Nunns and his builders. They did ultimately raise the $300. cost of the bell. What a thrill it must have been for them to see the massive bell finally hoisted to its lofty perch and to hear its sweet sound roll through the streets and over the rooftops of 1890 Sayville.

Listen for it Christmas Eve and every Sunday morning.. Better yet, come join us Christmas eve at 5:00 for the ‘Family Service’ and/or 9:00 for the Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols. Or, any Sunday at 11:00 am for our regular Sunday worship.

Call the Church office at 589-1519 for more information.

This Sunday: December 20th

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This Sunday, our Narrative Lectionary readings are truly in Advent, with the birth of John the Baptizer. The pastor will reflect on that story, the role of John, and our human agency during his sermon. After worship, we will gather for coffee and hospitality, then those interested will join briefly in the Sanctuary for a lay lead discussion of the 2nd Phoenix Affirmation:

CHRISTIAN LOVE OF GOD INCLUDES: Listening for God’s Word, which comes through daily prayer and meditation, studying the ancient testimonies which we call Scripture, and attending to God’s present activity in the world.

This Sunday: December 13th

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This Sunday we turn to the Book of Ezra and the reconstruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. The pastor’s sermon is titled “Start with the Cornerstone,” and will connect the message to our witness on gun violence, as we participate in the National Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath, as well as the gospel message of Christ.

After worship, we’ll continue our congregational meeting, started last week, as we plan for important work and transitions in 2016.