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Informal Communion Service at 9 A.M.
Traditional Worship at 11 A.M.
Message from Rev Herb Taylor
Hello from Herb,
At our church we are blessed by community and connections that build relationships and help us grow as people of God. This happens in informal ways like through coffee hour or volunteering at Friday Café or the nursing home hymn sing and in organized ways like the women’s retreat or youth group or the new young adult group. The journey of faith calls each of us to be about reaching out to others and helping community to be built and connections to be made. This is so important in a society that often feels isolating and disconnected.
This call to make connections and build community is why I have been asking people to come with Sarah and I to “Messy Church” on Friday at Connexion United Methodist Church in Somerville (149 Broadway). This unique dinner and worship experience will not only be fun and a fresh expression of faith (and yes, a little different than perhaps what some of us are used to), but will support the new ministry at this storefront church.
The Tables of 8 dinners that will happen next week are also an example of encouraging each other to simply get to know each other better by sharing a meal with a small group. The Mission Project experiences, volunteering in the children and youth ministry, going to Disciple Bible Study, and more all lead to us to grow together as well as individually. And every Sunday at Coffee Hour we literally get the opportunity to reach out to someone we don’t know and introduce ourselves and literally break down walls and in a simply gesture take a stance against the isolation that plagues our society.
“What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale. One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul.”
Also, as United Methodists, we are by definition a connectional church. This is not always easy, and in fact can be very difficult, when there are very different viewpoints. But, one way our connection really works amazingly is through our response to crisis and disasters. For instance, through our church you can give directly to the United Methodist Committee on Relief to help those impacted by Hurricane Florence click here and for those impacted by the gas explosions in the Merrimac Valley click here. Because our church and every other UM church helps to support UMCOR, when you write a check to Harvard-Epworth and designate it to help in either of these efforts or any other disaster, you can know that 100% of your gift goes directly to help the people impacted.
So, keep making connections and building community (and see all the ways Harvard-Epworth can help you do just that). See you in church.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Herb Taylor
1555 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
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