Hancock United Church of Christ, Congregational

1912 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington MA 02421

781-862-4220 | office@hancockchurch.org

An Open and Affirming Church!

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Lower Front Entrance Blocked. Please use the rear entrance.

Lower Front Entrance Blocked. Please use the rear entrance.

Tuesday, July 16, 2014 Building Entrance Update: Temporary walls are up, blocking off the lower front entrance. All building access will have to be through the back door, or the handicapped side entrance. Also, don’t be surprised by the large dumpster near the back door! It will only be there for the summer as the construction crew needs it close-by for heavy disposal. On Sundays, the Sanctuary doors and the handicapped side entrance will be open for morning worship. We will do our best to...
We build what is good and lasting.

We build what is good and lasting.

I just returned from the closing ceremony of The Fuller Legacy Build here in Atlantic City where I had time to reflect on all that has happened this week. This was a truly inspiring experience. The fellowship amongst our team was something to treasure. Working with our house captains, Tim and Charlie, two genuine, caring, and funny guys, was one of the major highlights of the week. When you learn that these two have traveled the world as volunteers to build decent housing for those...

Finding the Beloved Community

It started in my basement.  I was matching socks.  Stewart said, “We should go to church.”  We found a church.  I was expecting baptism and organ music and Christmas, even the familiar smell of the hymnals and the cadence of the doxology.  I was expecting all that.  I was not expecting the church to find me back.  To give a name to the glyph appearing through the tapestry of my life, formed over and over, sometimes partially, through some deep and baffling instinct.  Formed sometimes...
We work together to change the world we live in.

We work together to change the world we live in.

   Modern Miracles: When a small group of Hancock members got together 3 years ago to discuss what Hancock could do about the growing problem of hunger in our world, we had no idea how we could accomplish what was felt at the time to be a very ambitious goal of feeding 5,000 people.  At the end of three years, we had found a way to feed 100,000 people and experienced our own version of the miracle of the loaves and fishes. Another small group...
We explore faith, seek justice, and pursue the Common Good.

We explore faith, seek justice, and pursue the Common Good.

My Spiritual Compass… Hancock is where I truly feel welcomed and accepted for who I am: a learner, a believer and a seeker.  My community of faith is a blessing, a joy, and an anchor in my life.    When my spiritual compass is upside down and backward, I know, through service, conversation, and prayer, I will be guided to what is right, what is possible, and what is just.  I am lucky to worship  with many whom I consider to be inspiring role models, many...
We believe that God is still speaking.

We believe that God is still speaking.

My Faith Journey:  I’m not sure my faith would have been much of a journey to speak of at this point in my life without Hancock.  I grew up going to Sunday service next to my parents, sister, and grandparents in the same pew every week.  I chose to be confirmed here because of the Covenant of Welcome, and the promise of support in exploring one’s beliefs, not just blindly following what the people “in charge” said was the right thing to believe.  In high...
We affirm the worth of all persons.

We affirm the worth of all persons.

I clearly remember the moment and the circumstances when I first felt the grace and presence of God.  Of course, I would not have used such lofty words then–I was eleven years old and emerging into the rubble and dust after an air attack on our little town in Bavaria. During the years of war before then, the thought that God is by my side and ready to take my hand had already been the most powerful and perhaps the only belief that helped me...
We are thoughtful about faith and faithful in our thinking.

We are thoughtful about faith and faithful in our thinking.

Reflection on God:  What is God?  How do we know that God is real?  What about the Bible too?  Should we just believe in our religion and faith?  Does God still love you if you don’t believe in God’s power and existence?  What is the point of life?  People have lots of different answers.  Which one is right?  How do we know that there was such a person called Jesus if we didn’t see him?  Why was it in the past that Jesus came down...
We celebrate lifelong learning and friendships.

We celebrate lifelong learning and friendships.

I feel blessed by our years at Hancock.  Beginning with our introduction to the church as Nursery School parents to our current ’empty nest’ state, I have worshiped, studied, and worked with an ever-increasing circle of faithful people.  Our children thrived and matured in the work and play of the Hancock Youth Group.  My faith gained substance and breadth through Lenten study groups, classes, and discussion groups led by our clergy and seminarians.  The opportunity to work and pray with communities in Honduras opened my...
Our music inspires every heart and every mind.

Our music inspires every heart and every mind.

Music fills my soul.  I have always sung, and was raised in a house of musicians.  But as an adult, I have finally begun to make the connection between the glory of music and the glory of God.  I can’t always find the words I need to pray, whether in gratitude or supplication.  But almost always I can sing praises through the texts of psalms, prophecies, and the New Testament.  Music fills my soul.  God’s love fills my soul. –A Faith Story