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Advent Blog: The Peace of Not Being Able to Control Everything

Advent Blog: The Peace of Not Being Able to Control Everything

“The Peace of Not Being Able to Control Everything” Wednesday, December 13 Rev. Barbara Callaghan, Minister  And the peace of God, that surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 I’m afraid I cannot say this without saying it bluntly. Increasingly I believe that our ability to find a deeper, abiding peace, is directly proportional to how well we can come to terms with the fact that we will die, and that we have no idea how, when or...
Christmas Eve Service Times

Christmas Eve Service Times

Christmas Eve Service Times 10:00 AM Christmas Eve – 4th Sunday in Advent – Morning Worship in the Sanctuary 5:00 PM Christmas Eve – Join us at 5:00 PM on Christmas Eve for a worship service suitable for all ages. Even your littlest ones are invited to don one of our simple sheep, shepherd, or angel head pieces as we sing familiar songs, hear the story of Christ’s birth, and lift our lit candles high to welcome the good news of Christmas morning. 8:00 PM...
Advent Blog: December Blessing

Advent Blog: December Blessing

“December Blessing” Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Emelia Attridge, Congregational Care Coordinator    John O’Donahue has a “Blessing for the Senses” in his book Anam Cara. In the spirit of Celtic Christmas this Sunday, Dec. 17 at 5:00 pm in Clark Hall, I’ve decided to write my own blessing inspired by O’Donahue’s writing. You can read the original “Blessing for the Senses” below.   “December Blessing” Bless the humming, the stirring, the watching. Bless our Advent journeys as they wander, entwine, and encircle. This blessing is for cold, crisp air that...
Advent Blog: All Along the Watchtower

Advent Blog: All Along the Watchtower

“All Along the Watchtower” December 11, 2017 Rev. Dr. Paul Shupe, Senior Minister  On Saturday after Thanksgiving, a lovely autumn day in Massachusetts, I had occasion to be in one of the lovely spots on earth: Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge. Thanks to a tip from my son Sam, we climbed to the spiral stairs to the top of the granite Washington Tower. When you emerge from the dark staircase, the whole city of Boston is available for your eyes. One can see the Bunker...
Advent Blog: Unconditional Love

Advent Blog: Unconditional Love

“Unconditional Love” Friday, December 8 Marilyn Becker, Associate Director of Music & Organist  In August my family traveled to Houston to await the birth of our first grandchild. We came to witness and support the formation of a new family, full of love for this baby that no one had met. There were months of preparation, physical and mental; waiting, watching, wondering, worrying. The baby arrived amid floods, winds, and tornadoes. Not in the cozy birth center, but in a big hospital, delivered by strangers. But...
Advent at Hancock, 2017-2018

Advent at Hancock, 2017-2018

Download our Advent brochure to stay informed about everything happening at Hancock this Advent season. A limited number of printed copies are also available in the lobby and narthex.
Sunday Bulletin: December 10, 2017 / Second Sunday of Advent

Sunday Bulletin: December 10, 2017 / Second Sunday of Advent

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Advent blog: Christmas Joy

Advent blog: Christmas Joy

“Christmas Joy” Thursday, December 7  Andrew Harris, Student Minister  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1i39efTMKw This is what we think joy looks like. And, don’t get me wrong, what you see in that 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 sometimes it is. But there is another kind of joy that doesn’t translate so well to a 30-second spot that airs during halftime....
Advent Blog: Blending

Advent Blog: Blending

“Blending” Wednesday, December 6 David Clarke, Student Minister One the gifts of being married is the wonderful blending of lives that is taking place. I was told that in marriage two lives become one, and until I actually got married I could only see that in a logistical way: two incomes becoming one budget, two schedules becoming a master calendar, two different decoration styles becoming one mishmash. This is Adam and my first Christmas together as a married couple. Unlike years in the past, we’ve gone...
Advent Blog: Hope

Advent Blog: Hope

“Hope” Tuesday, December 5 Rev. Barbara Callaghan, Minister  “Advent is like the hush in a theater just before the curtain rises. It is like the hazy ring around the winter moon that means the coming of snow which will turn the night to silver. Soon.” Frederick Buechner, from The Hungering Dark It can be difficult to sustain this moment of anticipation. Which is why most churches focus on all the Bible passages that teach about keeping watch, staying awake, and hanging on to hope in...