Informal Communion 9 A.M. Traditional Worship Service 11 A.M.
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Informal Communion 9 A.M.
Traditional Worship Service 11 A.M.
We have just published Splendid Epworth, a history of our congregation.
The book is written by longtime Harvard- Epworth member Lane Lambert and published by Lexington Press.
It traces our history from its founding in 1868 as the North Avenue Methodist Society to the church's current role as a leading New England Methodist voice for LGBTQ inclusion.
The book also tells the story of a church member who went to China in 1875 as one of New England's first female Methodist missionaries, the arrival of an Alabama minister who was threatened by the Ku Klux Klan, and the civil-rights era Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee office that operated in the church basement.
Splendid Epworth is now available for purchase for $25 per copy. To order copies, click here. For both types of orders, please note Church History on the memo line.
Message from Rev. Herb Taylor
Hello from Herb,
Christmas is coming and our society encourages us to be ready – to buy our presents, to put up
our decorations, to prepare for our parties, and more. Of course, there can be joy in all this, but it can
also be tempting to get so caught up in all this busy-ness of the season that we miss its power for our
lives. Advent is a time of preparation and expectation, which in contrast to our society and perhaps our
human nature encourages us to a desire for instant gratification. Advent is a time when we are to ask
ourselves, are we ready, not just for Christmas but for God’s love alive in our lives.
The scriptures we share in church during Advent (like Mark 13:32-37), encourages us to keep
awake and alert. So, this is not a passive waiting that we are called to during this time of year. We are
encouraged to awaken our slumbering spirits and re-focus ourselves through prayer, reading, reflection,
meditation, service and any other way we connect to the Divine alive within us.
Of course, all of this is not just a seasonal activity but a life long journey. Advent is simply a
special reminder of our call to live our lives with the expectation that God’s love will come alive in all
we do. This sort of living cannot be done quickly, but with patience and purpose. As someone said once,
“let us approach Christmas with an expectant hush, rather than a last-minute rush.” Easier said then
done, but so important in all the days of our lives.
So, as we move through this season of Advent, lighting the candles of Hope, Love, Joy and Peace,
feel these lights shining within you. And join with our church family in the journey of Advent. As you
put together your “to do” list or your “gift” list, add to them a gift for yourself of taking time to worship,
study, connect, and serve so that you awaken to the Christmas that is in you, and to the ways God’s love
comes alive in each of our days.
See you in church.
Grace and Peace,
1555 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
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