Virtual Worship Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020

2020 Advent Theme: “Lift Up the Light”

First Sunday of Advent:  Hope
“Waiting in the Dark”

Even in the time of Isaiah, 500 years before Jesus, people found it hard to believe in a God who seemed to only appear in ancient history and work miracles in the distant biblical past. The prophet compares waiting for God to waiting for a fire to be kindled and then the pot to come to a boil. It requires great patience. And yet, he says God “works for those who wait.”

The Apostle Paul tells the Corinthian church -- also going through challenging and divisive times -- that God’s grace would “enrich” them with knowledge and strengthen them to the end, because “God is faithful.”

How do we claim the riches of our faith heritage and learn to wait patiently for God? How can we hear our call into community as an opportunity to listen for the Spirit and to grow?


Because of rising Covid-19 infection rates

in our area, Indoor Prayer Meeting has been

CANCELED until further notice.


Sunday Morning Worship

 


Note from Stewardship Committee

We may not be meeting together these days, but your church is still here, hoping to meet people’s needs, whatever they are.  We are still the church – looking for ways to be God’s hands and feet in the world around us, even when we are not together on Sunday mornings!  SO….

  • Utilities + office supplies = YOUR CHURCH
  • Payroll + Sunday School supplies = YOUR CHURCH
  • Committees + building repair = YOUR CHURCH
  • Supporting needs around us + uplifting music = YOUR CHURCH
  • Choirs + internet and phone service = YOUR CHURCH

Please continue to give to our special church in whatever way you were used to giving before, if you are able, so that your church will be there for you, throughout this crisis, and beyond!

Your Pastors are Here for You!

Pastoral Care Appointments

Both Pastor Bryn and Pastor Jen are also available for individual pastoral care appointments as well either via phone or Zoom.  In fact, their cell phones and the Church Zoom have gotten a lot of mileage this way since our time of quarantine began!  If you have something that you would like to address or speak with one of the pastors about, please feel free to reach out individually to Pastor Bryn (External link opens in new tab or windowbryn@uccb.org or 510-847-4235 cell #) or Pastor Jen (External link opens in new tab or windowjennifer@uccb.org or 203-510-4760 cell #) to set up a time to talk and pray together. Note: Your pastors are trying to take their days off, with "electronic sabbaths," on Wednesday (Bryn) and Friday (Jennifer), so you may not receive an immediate response if you send an email on one of those days.

 

Worship Opportunities

Friday Morning Meditation

Join Pastor Bryn on Friday from 7-7:30am on Zoom to spend some time in centering prayer and meditation.  This 30 minute virtual opportunity is a great way to start your day with some scripture, meditation and reflection.  Please email Pastor Bryn at External link opens in new tab or windowbryn@uccb.org if you would like to join, and the link will be sent to you via email.

Labyrinth & Children's Garden:

One of our confirmands recently cleaned over at our Labyrinth - making sure the path is clearly outlined and instructions for use of the labyrinth are posted at the beginning.  We encourage people to stop over to the church and use the labyrinth during this nice weather (while maintaining physical distancing practices).  (Note: Our Labyrinth and the story of how it came to be were recently published in a book of New England Labyrinths, so we are excited to share that with people in our area and beyond.)  Work will also begin soon on our Children's Garden, a garden that will be planted in raised beds around our Labyrinth, where kids will be able to remember loved ones and go to play and pray at our church.
Keep an eye on your email, the Congregational Church of Brookfield Facebook Page, or our website on Sunday morning for the links to join us (and please feel free to share the links with family and friends). Afterward, if you are willing to share a photo of you or your family worshipping with us online that may be used on our CCB Facebook page or website, please send it to External link opens in new tab or windowuccbsocialmedia@gmail.com.   If you have missed any of our online worship services you can find them linked below, and you can subscribe to our YouTube channel External link opens in new tab or windowuccbvideo, where our worship services are archived.

 In response to our Governor's orders and in the interest of public safety, our church campus is closed until further notice.
Our ministries continue, however, through our electronic connections.

Know that "No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here!"

 

  You can still reach us by phone at 203-775-1259. (Messages are forwarded via email to the Pastors, who are working from home.)

 

 

 At Home Electronic Worship Options

 

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