Hancock United Church of Christ, Congregational

1912 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington MA 02421

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Sign up now for this year's service trip to Panama!

Sign up now for this year’s service trip to Panama!

Join Sustainable Harvest International and other Hancock Church members for a hands-on, educational service trip in Panama. Live and work with local families who are learning how to use organic and sustainable farming techniques to improve their lives and restore tropical forests. Learn how farmers have improved family nutrition and are hoping to increase household income from increased crop variety and yield. Join Sustainable Harvest International and other Hancock Church members for a hands-on, educational service trip in Panama The Trip: Travel to Tranquilla, Panama...
Hancock PRIDE!  Make sure you join the march on Saturday June 8th!

Hancock PRIDE! Make sure you join the march on Saturday June 8th!

36th Annual Pride Interfaith Service Saturday June 8th, 2013, 10am Old South Church Copley Square, 645 Boylston Street, Boston ALL ARE WELCOME!  Help us share the message that churches still care about the disenfranchised–that Jesus’ vision for our world is one that is open and affirming of all people.  Hancock will be demonstrating our commitment as an Open and Affirming congregation.  This is who we say we are: Here at Hancock, we figure that if Jesus welcomed everyone, who are we to exclude?  So in...
2013 Boston Pride Parade and Interfaith Coallition

2013 Boston Pride Parade and Interfaith Coallition

Join Hancock in demonstrating our spirit of acceptance! 36th Annual Pride Interfaith Service Saturday June 8th, 2013, 10am Old South Church Copley Square, 645 Boylston Street, Boston In 1977, LGBTQ people of faith realized that something important was missing from the Boston Pride Festival. While the community gathered to celebrate its social and political accomplishments, it wasn’t gathering to honor the faith and spirituality that was growing in its heart. Each year that heart continues to grow! The Pride Interfaith Coalition is honored to announce...
O, Mercy, Mercy, Me

O, Mercy, Mercy, Me

Hancock Church Sermon – Rev. Paul Shupe – May 12, 2013 – Isaiah 55:6-13 Romans 12:3-5 http://youtu.be/b8UFbsMxgG0   Isaiah 55:6-13     The prophet Isaiah exhorts the people to turn once more toward God, and to seek God’s mercy.  God’s purposes are not thwarted, and God seeks partners to join in the work that God has begun. Seek the Lord while he may be found,
call upon him while he is near; 
let the wicked forsake their way,
 and the unrighteous their thoughts;
let them return to the Lord, that he...
Yearning to Be Somewhere You're Not

Yearning to Be Somewhere You’re Not

Hancock Church Sermon – Rev. Sarah Drummond – May 5, 2013 – Acts 16:9-15 http://youtu.be/8yNrG1z3kGg  
Open and Affirming

Open and Affirming

Hancock Church Sermon – Rev. Paul Shupe – April 28, 2013 – Acts 11:1-18 http://youtu.be/el5v_p4yofk   April 28, 2013   Fifth Sunday of Easter   Acts 11:1-18     Listen, as Peter and the early church wrestle with a question concerning membership in the early community: can Gentiles be included as well as Jews?  Peter is given a vision that opens the doors to an open church. Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God....
Youth Sermons from our Youth Group Seniors

Youth Sermons from our Youth Group Seniors

Hancock Church Youth Sunday Sermon  – Russell Gens April 21, 2013 http://youtu.be/qIl4lIz-1Us   Shared Perspectives   What is perspective? Messrs Meriam and Webster define it as “the capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance.” Sounds pretty important. I think we could all benefit from some true relations and relative importance. Unfortunately, speaking as a someone who has lived his whole life in the little blue and gold bubble that is Lexington, I feel perspective is one thing I have an acute lack...
Gun Rights, April 19th Rally on the Battlegreen, and LICA's Response

Gun Rights, April 19th Rally on the Battlegreen, and LICA’s Response

Update as of April 17th: Concerned for public safety in the wake of the horrifying events at the Boston Marathon, the Board of Selectmen of Lexington have imposed a moratorium on all public rallies on the Green between now and May 1.  The Gun Rights Across America rally planned for this Friday, April 19, will not take place.  Honoring our town leaders, all the community groups, including the Lexington Interfaith Clergy Association and LexCommonSense that had scheduled events for that day, have all postponed them....
It's Not the End, but You Can See It From Here

It’s Not the End, but You Can See It From Here

Hancock Church Easter Sunday Sermon  http://youtu.be/mxkn1PHC9Co Rev. Paul Shupe April 14, 2013 Genesis 1:31-2:3     This passage concludes the first of the great creation narratives from Genesis, and depicts God at rest on the seventh day of creation, fixing the Sabbath as a day of rest for both creator and the creatures. God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and...
Two Study Group offerings this Eastertide with Hancock Seminarians

Two Study Group offerings this Eastertide with Hancock Seminarians

Contemplative Practice within our Christian Tradition Becca Lockwood, Hancock Seminarian This study group will meet Tuesday Evenings at 7:00pm starting April 23rd–Will meet 4/23 in the Wilson Room, and 4/30, 5/2, 5/9, and 5/16 in the Pearson Room Join others as we focus on contemplative practices within our Christian tradition.  We will explore the meanings and experience of three specific practices: centering prayer/meditation, lectio divina, and finding our inner spiritual artist. This group will seek to discover which contemplative practice we as individuals gravitate towards....