March 24, 2016

News from First Congregational Church
an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ 


33 South High Street, Bridgton, Maine

Reading for tonight: John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

Tonight we remember how Jesus chose to spend his last hours with his dearest friends. How do you sum up a life spent together? How do you tell them what it all means? Jesus shows us how. He picked up a towel, washed their feet, and loved them to the end.

A prayer from Henri Nouwen:
I am looking at you, Lord. You have said so many loving words. Your heart has spoken so clearly. Now you want to show me even more clearly how much you love me. Knowing that your Father has put everything in your hands, that you have come from God and are returning to God, you remove your outer garments and, taking a towel, you wrap it around your waist, pour water into a basin and begin to wash my feet, and then wipe them with the towel you are wearing…

You look at me with utter tenderness saying, “I want you to be with me. I want you to have a full share in my life. I want you to belong to me as I belong to God…”

O Lord, how can I ever go anywhere else but to you to find the love I so desire!

March 24 – Maundy Thursday

  • The Service of Tenebrae is still on for 7 pm. 
  • Please use your best judgment and stay home if travel appears to be dangerous.

March 27 – Easter!

  • Family worship at 10 am.
  • The nursery will be available, but no Christian Education classes. The Junior Choir will be singing

Linda  will be out of the office from March 29 through April 1.  She will be back in the office on April 4.  Patty Edwards will be here to answer phones, pick up and distribute the mail, open the building and greet everyone cheerfully. 

Spiritual Growth

The Tuesday afternoon
Study and Prayer Group
1:30 p.m.

Devotional or inspirational reading and prayer for our church family.

We are studying The Book of Awakening, Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the
Life You Have
 by Mark Nepo.

Thursdays 8:15-9:30
Bible Journeys
Lively, curious reading and conversation about what’s in the Bible, what’s not, and what it all means for the world today.

We have started reading Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi by Amy Jill Levine. â€œThis is probably the best book on parables available today: brief, informative, witty, and very interesting.” says Mark Allan Powell, editor of the HarperCollins Bible Dictionary.

All Are Welcome!

We Hold One Another
in Love  and in Prayer

Prayers of Comfort for. . .
The family of Shirley Barnes who died on Sunday, March 12…Price Hutchins and family who are grieving Ann’s death on February 6th.

Prayers of Healing and Support for…
Deantha Warner who will now be traveling to Boston every other week for treatments following a bone marrow transplant…Al and Terry Curns…Sarah Nadeau, and her parents Jeanine & Jason Nadeau, as they recover from Sarah’s life-threatening bout of bacterial meningitis … Ken Rollins…Donna Coombs…Judy Ottley’s daughter Sherry Saucerman…Marion Farabee…Dick and Barbara Mayo…Jo Faust…Jayne Hamaty’s sister-in-law, Becky Bean, who is claiming life after treatment for cancer.

Prayers of Courage and Support
for our friends on active duty in the Armed Forces, and their families…

Jordan Vigna…Russell Sanborn…Jimmy DeAngelo…Richard L. Gyure II…Steven Milton, Aaron Lewis, the son-in-law of Mary Stinchfield and Brian Cushing, who is serving in Afghanistan.

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