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Make Your Lenten Season More Meaningful

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          February 20, 2020

Dear Friends

As I have walked these last few weeks of February, I’m finding my eyes looking forward to March and my thoughts beginning to look past the cold of winter toward the promise of sunshine and the coming spring: growing warmth, budding flowers, new life springing all around us. It is no mistake the celebration of Easter comes at the very height of this spectacular season. Easter is, after all, the celebration of new life. Yet, before we can run out […]

Introductions and Upcoming Confirmation Opportunities

by Linda Hartley, Assoc. Minister (Designated Term)          –          February 6, 2020

I’ve had the opportunity to meet many of you after worship this past week, however briefly that may have been. I’m looking forward to getting to know more of you and having longer conversations as the weeks progress. As some of you already know, I am a member of the Rhode Island Association of the United Church of Christ and was approved for ordination pending call by our Association in June of […]

When will we learn more about our pastoral changes?

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          January 9, 2020

When will we learn more about our pastoral changes?

I’m glad you asked! If you read below you will learn all you can right now.

As all of you hopefully know, Brendan has accepted a call to Forest Grove United Church of Christ in Forest Grove, OR. His last day in worship with us will be January 26th. He will then be taking some well needed weeks of vacation in order to get married, pack up the house, move across the country, […]

Waiting for the revolution

by Rev. Brendan Curran, Associate Minister          –          December 16, 2019

Can you feel it?  I can.  The whole Earth seems to be rumbling, preparing to cast off all that which degrades, destroys, and oppresses life.  The human heart rumbles and convulses with her against all that is insulting the heart’s longing for grace.  We know we need change.  We know it’s time for change.  We know it’s time for revolution and for the birth of something new and greater. The waiting and the preparation feel uncomfortable at […]

We Are Preparing a Sacred Place

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          November 25, 2019

This Advent season, we are having a little fun and doing a little good…
and we need your help!

In case you don’t know, Advent is a season in the Christian year consisting of up to four weeks covering the four Sundays leading to Christmas. Advent derives its name from the Latin adventus, which means “coming.” The season proclaims the comings of the Christ–whose birth we prepare to celebrate once again, who comes continually in Word and Spirit, and whose return in […]

If we want to be the change then we cannot be neutral

by Rev. Brendan Curran, Associate Minister          –          November 14, 2019

And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables.” – John 2:15

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and love and faith. It is these you ought to have practiced without neglecting the others.” – Matthew 23:23

I observe a societal trend taking root.  […]

Be the Change…

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          October 31, 2019

You’ve been hearing it for a while now:

Be the change..

This, of course, is a truncated version of Mahatma Gandhi’s famous quote, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” By saying this, Gandhi was challenging us to not wait around for the world to change, but rather to be the change agent that transforms the world. After all, every significant change begins with one person.

Although you were introduced to this quote through our stewardship campaign, it will soon […]

Living Water! Be the Change!

by Rev. Brendan Curran, Assoc. Minister         –          October 15, 2019

I have exciting news! I recently received a “Make a Difference Grant” from the Genesis Fund of the United Church of Christ to support a program I developed to be offered this year for our church as well as the broader community. For your information, “The Genesis Fund, established in 1996 from funds raised through the Make a Difference Campaign, provides seed money for faith-based projects that are innovative or experimental, and/or represent a […]

Why do you worship?

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          October 1, 2019

What a fascinating question that is.

Why do you worship?

There are many different facets to that question and, likely, countless different answers. What I am asking today is, why does anyone worship? What is the point of us coming together each week to worship?

Adoration

Let’s start off with the name: worship. Think about that word for a moment. What does it mean to worship? AND, can what we do on Sunday morning actually be considered worship? Do we, in fact, worship? […]

Get Up High!

by Rev. Brendan Curran, Assoc. Minister         –          September 15, 2019

In the very midst of their destruction, the prophet Isaiah empowers the people of God. The people in exile feel abandoned by God because they have been severed from the land. Isaiah comforts them in their hopelessness, saying, “Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings, lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, … Lift it up, do not fear.” (Isaiah 40:9) We, as humans, are currently […]

We are starting something new! (or, perhaps, not so new?)

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          September 1, 2019

For years at BCCUCC, we have periodically hosted what we call Worship for All Ages Sundays. Unfortunately, over the past few years that title has often been interpreted as Stay-at-home-and-sleep-in-because-it’s-a-three-day-weekend-and-there-is-no-church-school Sundays. Well, this year we are setting about changing that.

Brendan, Andrea and I, will be doing things quite different on these Sundays in the year ahead. We have designated 8 special Sundays as All Ages Worship Sundays, during which we will be intentional in creating a multi-generational worship experience. Multi-generational worship is […]

Never Alone.

by Rev. Brendan Curran, Assoc. Minister         –          August 15, 2019

“Holy Spirit is Life-giving life.  Invisible life that sustains ALL, I awaken to life in everything.  In every waft of air, the air is life, greening and blossoming.  The waters flow with life.  The sun is lit with life.  The moon, when waning, is again rekindled by the sun, waxing with life once more.  The stars shine, radiating with life-light.  All creation is gifted with the ecstasy of God’s light.”  -St. […]

What does God want from you?

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          August 1, 2019

There is something about being on vacation that makes me ponder the future. I ask myself things like “What will next year be like?” or “What do I want to be doing in five years? Or 10 years?” It was while I was pondering these things that an even more powerful question came to me:

What does God want from me?

I know this sounds like a basic question and one that we, as people of faith, ought ask ourselves regularly. But for […]

What Happened at Synod?

by Rev. Brendan Curran, Associate Minister    –     July 18, 2019   

What Happened at Synod?

and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”  Micah 6:8

I wanted to take this month’s letter as an opportunity to give a quick update of General Synod 2019.  For those who did not know, I was able to go to the national governing meeting of the UCC at the end of June. (For those who don’t know, the United Church of Christ, […]

Are We a Social Club, a Mission, or a Monastery?

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          July 1, 2019

What Is Our Purpose?

What is the purpose of a church in our modern American context? This might sound like an overly simple questions, but it is actually quite challenging. Throughout the ages, the concept of church has adopted any number of meaningful roles in society. Churches have been patrons of the arts, places of sanctuary amid violence and oppression, islands of education and learning, anointers of kings and governments, proclaimers of truth and salvation, and providers of food, shelter, and medicine for […]