First Congregational Church
164 Deer Hill Ave.
Danbury, CT 06810
Phone:(203) 744-6177

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From Pastor Pat Kriss: Waiting for God

The qualities of mercy, forgiveness and- practicing patience.

(Posted September 16, 2017)

There’s a contemporary Gospel song by Monica Cole Pollard that touches so well on the things we’re feeling today in a chaotic, seemingly apocalyptic world. It addresses our searching for God in the midst of the chaos, our wondering when all those prayers will be answered. And our response must be – Hallelujah anyway. The song goes like this:

So much is going on,
What's takin’ God so long.
Your back is up against the wall…
You got to trust him,
Be patient,
He's working behind the scenes.
 
Praise him till your blessings come down
Praise him till your situation turns around
You gotta lift up your voice and say: hallelujah anyway! Hallelujah anyway.
Praise him till your blessings come down
Praise him till your situation turns around
You gotta to lift up your voice and say: hallelujah anyway! Hallelujah anyway….

 
Waiting for God to get back to us when everything is falling apart is consummately difficult for us 21st century pilgrims. We are people who expect everything instantaneously, from our media to our frozen vegetables. But so often we are dealing with a slow cooker God who doesn’t provide microwave answers. We want to know NOW that God is in the corner of our storm-tossed boat, not weeks from now. But believing and listening for the divine answer requires the faith of a hallelujah while the flood waters slowly recede. This Jazz Sunday we will be visiting the qualities of mercy, forgiveness and- yes- practicing patience, even though God is the one we’re waiting for. 
Come join us for joy and praise! --- Pastor Pat Kriss

Vintage Clothes, Cars and Carwash

Join us on September 23, 2017

(September 16, 2017)

"What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun." - Ecclesiastes 1:9

Calling all hipsters and retrophiles!

Please join us at the First Congregational Church of Danbury for Antique Saturday on September 23, 2017 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Vintage clothing and costumes will be on sale at our thrift shop (just in time for Halloween!), and classic cars will be on display. There will be a benefit car wash during the event, weather permitting.  

From Pastor Pat: How to See Our Own Blessings

What God has in store for them will surprise and shame them for their disbelief.

(Posted September 22, 2017)

One of the ways that the Bible speaks to us is that human nature hasn’t really changed all that much since its stories were first written down. Humanity has developed into a fine art a few dubious traits, and complaining is one of them.
 
This Sunday finds us first with the Israelites, out in the Sinai desert. God has delivered them from slavery under Pharaoh, but their freedom has come at a price. They are thirsty and, above all, hungry. They are doubting that God is with them (even though there IS that big pillar of flame leading them through the wilderness.) So what do they do? They begin to grumble. LOUDLY. Moses is confronted with a surly group of people who owe their freedom to his leadership. And yet they have the gall to loudly proclaim that they would be better off back in Egypt, where at least they could be sure of a portion of Pharaoh’s bread. What God has in store for them will surprise and shame them for their disbelief.
 
Similarly this Sunday we encounter that same human trait in the parable Jesus tells the disciples about the Vineyard owner, who hires laborers for an agreed upon daily wage. As there is more work to do, the owner decides late in the day to hire even more laborers, who receive the same full day’s pay as the men who’ve been working all day. There is a major blowup among the people who feel somehow devalued. Mass grumbling and resentment erupts toward the Vineyard owner. It is he that points out that it is his prerogative to be generous with the late comers as he chooses, and that really none of the laborers are less blessed just because others have received as much as they have. In God’s Vineyard, Jesus points out, there are blessings for all, even the late comers, and he reminds us that, in the Kingdom, “The last shall be first, and the first, last.”
 
I invite you this Sunday to hear “the rest of the story” about learning how to see our own blessings despite what the other guy may seem to have received from God.  – Pastor Pat Kriss

Information

First Congregational Church
164 Deer Hill Ave.
Danbury, CT 06810
Est. 1696

Phone: (203) 744-6177
Email: fcdanbury@att.net

Office Hours:
Monday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Thrift Shop Hours:
Friday 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Sunday Worship:
Sunday    10 a.m.–11 a.m.

 

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