Sunday Mornings at 10 am
• Coffee hour after each worship.
• Communion the first Sunday of the month.
By God's Grace, West Parish Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, is committed to nurturing and celebrating God's love in our lives, in the Church family, the community and in the world.
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES:
4 P.M. ~ BELL CHOIR WILL PLAY WHILE CONGREGATION SINGS "ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH" AND OTHER FAVORITES
7 P.M. ~ CHOIR, CANDLELIGHT ~ TRULY A TIME OF SPIRIT, SONG, LIGHT!
Jonathan is forming a Christmas choir for anyone who likes to sing ~ Practice times are:
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THERE IS A PLACE IN THE CHAPEL TO LEAVE ITEMS FOR WINTER WARMTH SUCH AS MITTENS, GLOVES, HATS FOR ROBERT ROSS'S MINISTRY TO THE HOMELESS IN PORTLAND.
JANUARY 10, 2015: 11 a.m. ~ Barbara Douglas Memorial; 5 p.m. ~ Eagle Scout Ceremony
IT'S ADVENT SEASON!
Advent is the season when we await the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ made new again. For the four Sundays preceding Christmas we light a candle in the Advent wreath representing:
HOPE ~ PEACE ~ LOVE ~ JOY
In first-century Christianity, Paul wrote to the church in Corinth:
God has been given to us in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched by Christ's Spirit, in speech and knowledge of every kind ~ just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you ~ you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.
On this first Sunday of Advent, may the light of the HOPE candle remind us: GOD IS HOPE!
PEACE Sunday: John the Baptizer appeared in the wilderness proclaiming, "The one who is more powerful than I am is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
John prepared the way in the wilderness. We prepare the way in our hearts. May we be reminded that God's HOPE and PEACE can never be extinguised.
LOVE message: When Mary realized the truth of Gabriel's words....Mary sang....Mary danced......Mary praised God for the gift of the Holy Spirit blooming within her. God is HOPE, God is PEACE, God is LOVE.
JOY: Elizabeth bore a son, John, who was sent by God as a witness to testify to the light ~ John was not the light, but came to testify to the light. The fourth candle is called JOY which testifies to the light of Christ!
Church Office Hours:
Thurs. & Fri., 9:30 - 4:30
Summer Hours: Thurs. 9:30 - 3:30
We are a church dedicated to extending Jesus' welcome to every person. Our mood is hopeful, our spirit is uplifting. As we gather to sing hymns from our rich heritage, to pray for healing of people and the earth, and to hear an inspiring message from our pastor, we are thankful for our legacy and for Christ's call to lovingly serve God and neighbor. In response to that call, we cheerfully support both global and local outreach to people in need.
West Parish Congregational Church was organized in 1796, and is the oldest continuing institution in the Town of Bethel, after the town itself. The current historic meetinghouse building on Church Street was originally built in 1847.
Interim Minister ~ Reverend Richard L. Bennett
207-824-2688 Pastor's Office
Associate Pastor of Outreach ~ Rev. Robert Ross Ph.D., M.Div.
Grace-Street Ministry, Portland, Maine
207-824-2689 Church Office