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.
Message from Rev. Herb Taylor
Hello from Herb,
Harvard-Epworth actively cultivates a culture of call within our ministry. We have always
been about helping people reflect on purpose and meaning in their lives. This is obviously
especially the case for the many university students and young adults who through the years have
viewed their experiences at Harvard-Epworth as an important formational time of discernment.
But, now, with the exciting support from a grant from Boston University School of Theology and
the Lilly Foundation we will even more intentionally focus our ministry on equipping and enabling
people to discern, affirm and answer their calling.
When people hear the word “calling” it is often limited to those who are thinking about
ordained ministry or the mission field, but the idea of calling is much fuller and more inclusive than this. Every person yearns for purpose and meaning in their life, and our church’s ministry
will always be focused on helping people on this journey to fulfill this sense of calling. It is also the case that this focus on calling is not just for young adults. For all of us beyond young adulthood, it is valuable for each of us to define, listen, and act on calling in our lives.
As we described in our application for the grant we received, “we envision a church that
accelerates individuals into lives of calling. We want to equip our congregation with the ability to discern their call, as well as the skills to help others to discern theirs. We will develop
programming to help individuals think about call in various contexts, build a mentoring network to help people navigate their call, and cultivate an overall shift in the culture of call at Harvard-
This vision will be realized over time in a variety of ways. For instance, over the next three
Sundays in worship, we will have a specific focus on defining, listening to, struggling with, and
acting on our call. A number of people will be sharing in church, and we hope that everyone
listening will be inspired to reflect on their own understanding of calling. Also, we have already begun a Dinner and Discussion series on the third Sunday of the month at 6:30 (next one is October 20th) that invites people into a fuller discussion of calling and hope that you can attend these. In the future there will be book studies, small groups, email newsletter articles, worship focus, and more as we recognize this as essential to our church’s journey in the future. I look forward with great excitement to this path we are on, and to you being a part of the adventure.
See you in church.
Grace and peace,
Rev. Herb Taylor
1555 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
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