Sunday, September 1, 2019
This Sunday: Communion
Next Sunday: Homecoming Sunday – Blessing of the Backpacks
From Reverend Pat Kriss
All God's angels come to us disguised. --- James Russell Lowell, 19th century poet
I’m not surprised, actually, that we humans are fascinated by angels. Even for the most faithful of us trudging through life, there are days that are so dark that we feel as if this trip through life is a solo affair. And that’s exactly why we need to encounter angels. It’s always refreshing when something happens that makes us understand that, while God’s presence may be hidden from our eyes, we are definitely not alone.
Take, for instance the story that occurred just a few years ago in Spanish Fork, Utah – a small town near Provo. A car had overturned into an icy Utah river, and four police officers from the Spanish Fork Police Department rushed to rescue the driver. When they arrived, they found the mid-sized car overturned, mostly submerged in 40 degree water. But as they rushed down the river bank, they all clearly heard a female voice coming from the car, pleading “Help!” Again and again the voice called out. When they righted the car, they found the driver, Jenny Groesbeck, dead upon impact behind the wheel. But next to her, suspended upside down from her car seat above the water and unconscious, was Jenny’s 18 month-old daughter, Lily. There was no one else in the car. At least, no one else visible to the police officers who could have called out to them for help. Lily survived her ordeal, and at the same time life was never the same for these burly and gruff policemen, most of whom who previously would have laughed about the idea of a voice of divine intervention. But not now.
Now, not all of our encounters when we feel God stepping into our lives are quite so dramatic and worthy of a Hallmark movie as this story. But it’s important that we remain sensitive to the times that God does intervene in our own lives, most often in human form, so that we stay humble enough to be able to hear that voice, that lesson emanating from the least likely people we meet. In this Sunday’s readings in the Hebrew Bible and in the Gospel, Jesus reminds us how our own overdeveloped sense of importance can make us deaf to what God is trying to tell us, to discount that voice as inconsequential. He also instructs us how to be open to what other people are going through in their lives so that WE may be the special instruments of God’s peace that can make a difference in people’s lives. Most of all, we learn that at moments when we least expect it, we may “entertain angels unaware” as we journey through the week. Join us this Sunday for look at unexpected help from on high. --- Pastor Pat Kriss
A special blessing for our kids: On Sunday, September 8, (Homecoming Sunday) we encourage our youth of all ages to bring their school backpacks with them into the Church Sanctuary, so that I can offer God’s blessing of safety and health on the packs and the youngsters who will be toting them with them. We will place a small reminder token of our love in each pack.
From Jim Moriarty, Music Director
"There are just some songs that you could listen to again and again.”
And there are some hymns that you don’t mind singing again and again. I try and keep a record of the hymns that are sung over a 10 month period which also includes those sung during Jazz Sunday’s. I try not to repeat hymns within that 10 month stretch of time, although there are times when the same tune is used with different words, or certain hymn works best for a certain theme. This September 1st begins the record keeping once again. So if it’s been a while since you haven’t heard your favorite, be patient.
May your favorite tune make you dance or put a smile on your face! Jim Moriarty
First Church Knitters Group
We plan on meeting to knit and crochet at 5:30 p.m. in the Parlor. Everyone is welcome. Seasoned knitters and crocheters as well as people who want to learn to knit or crochet. Fellowship and friends meet to relax. Call Heidi at 203-798-0476 or 203-826-6827 for more info.
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Deer Hill Thrift Shop
Great merchandise, low prices, very friendly staff.
Please consider volunteering – contact Pat Moriarty or Terry Hansen.
We will be closed starting August 22 and reopen September 6.
Next Session tba. Even if you did not come before, please come and join us (call the church office before the next session so you can be sent the bible passage for that week). Open to all!
“Faith and Foam”
Next session tba.
Held at Three Brothers Diner in Danbury, starting at 6 p.m. (242 White Street). If you haven’t heard of these kinds of meet-ups, they have become very popular for churches to run in communities all over the country. The intention behind the meet-ups is this: For many people because of work or other commitments, going to a house of worship on the weekend just doesn’t fit with the way their lives unfold. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t have a spiritual life, or, for that matter, that they don’t have questions or opinions they’d like to share about faith and religion. It’s the informal kind of discussion that lends itself to a brew or a drink among friends after work.
BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS – NEXT SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8