Hancock United Church of Christ, Congregational

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Waiting for the Season

Waiting for the Season

By Andrew Harris The past couple years I’ve felt like the Advent season has passed me by. I frantically tried to hold together finals, church events, worship services, shopping and parties, and then it was Christmas Eve. And as we were singing “Silent Night” at midnight I finally felt the spirit of the season. This...
Blue Christmas

Blue Christmas

By Ashley Davis Advent is a time of anticipation.  We wait and prepare for Christmas Day when we can—as the Christmas carol proclaims—go tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born. We know this good news is coming.  The excitement is palpable. Advent is also a time of longing.  The days get longer...
Light

Light

By David C. Clark A neighborhood across the street from my childhood church had a white-light ordinance forbidding any color Christmas lights outside except white ones. There was a certain picture-perfect quality the little cluster of upper-middle homes had, all in matching lights, surrounded by snow and dark. Their problem was that all the homes...
What Joy Looks Like

What Joy Looks Like

By Andrew Harris This is what we think joy looks like. And, don’t get me wrong, what you see in this video is true, unbridled joy. In all our Christmas movies and Christmas commercials, we’re shown that joy is this screaming, giggling, bubbling, bursting explosion that immediately follows the sounds of ripping wrapping paper. And...
Christmas Music

Christmas Music

By Mark Morgan, Director of Music People ask me all the time about Christmas music–something different from their usual playlist. Even in the age of Pandora and Spotify, it can be difficult to find good Christmas music that’s outside of your particular box. So here’s some suggestions–go out and explore! Not sure if all of...
Living Water

Living Water

By Emelia Attridge   When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the Lord will answer them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them.   I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I...

Rev. Paul Shupe’s November 2016 Sermon for Temple Isaiah

HANCOCK UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Rev. Paul Shupe Sermon for Temple Isaiah  November 18, 2016  My friends of Temple Isaiah, it is such a joy to be with you in worship tonight.  I know that I speak for everyone from Hancock Church who is also here, along with those who are not, when I say...
Spiritual Practices for Busy Lives

Spiritual Practices for Busy Lives

By Emelia Attridge The feeling of Advent is like trying to fall asleep on Christmas Eve. Even as an adult, I still get excited and have trouble sleeping the night before Christmas. The season of Advent is like that—it is marked by anticipation, waiting, and longing for what is to come. And yet, the month...
Going Around in Circles

Going Around in Circles

By Nancy Rottman I recently saw a movie that examined our human concept of time as chronological and linear.  I won’t tell what movie because I don’t want to give anything away, but when the characters came up against the idea of time as circular, repeating, overlapping, let’s just say their eyes were opened! We...
Celtic Christmas Sunday, December 18

Celtic Christmas Sunday, December 18

The Well, a congregation of Hancock Church, will celebrate a Celtic Christmas on Sunday, December 18th at noon. Joining the resident River Rock Band will be Celtic musicians Shannon and Matt Heaton. Together they will play traditional Celtic songs and carols with Celtic twists. The Heatons have been regular guest musicians at the church fro...