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All-Church Retreat

When: March 14th Where: Incarnation Center, 253 Bushy Hill Rd, Deep River, CT 06417 You are invited to join us this spring for the First Baptist Church in Essex Retreat. This congregational event will be an opportunity both to engage in spiritual formation and to experience a time of fellowship and sanctuary in a natural […]
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New London Community Meal: February 2020

Every third Saturday at 3:30 p.m., we volunteer at the Community Meal at the Church of the City in New London. We are always looking for new volunteers. Please contact Steven Balkau at 860-823-0348 if you would be interesting in participating.

Center Prayer and Lectio: February 2020

Join us for a time of prayer and Scripture reflection every Saturday. 10 a.m.: Centering Prayer Centering Prayer is a method of setting an intention to consent to God’s presence and action within.  Briefly, it’s a method that allows one to “rest in God,” which, in turn, sparks an inner transformative process.  Most would say […]
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Shoreline Soup Kitchen: February 2020

Each Monday night at 5:30 p.m., we host the local Monday night Shoreline Soup Kitchen & Pantries dinner at our church. We are always looking for new volunteers. Please contact Pastor Joy Perkett at revjperkett@gmail.com or 860-581-0493 if you are interested in volunteering your time.

Turn On the Light: Spiritual References

(1) “Happy and helpless / At the same time” verbalizes what it may have felt like, humanly, for Jesus to be baptized and to receive being beloved. Then, by extension, it becomes what it could feel like for us to be baptized, to remember our baptism, and to receive being beloved. (2) “Held in the […]
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Sermon: The Only Thing

John 1:29-42 “The only thing is love; Everything else is advertising.” That is a benediction said each week at a church in Cape Cod. I have been pondering its meaning this week: “The only thing is love; Everything else is advertising.” It seems an apt quote in light of the Scripture this week, where Jesus […]
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Gifts of Love

Matthew 3:13-17 Before I begin, I want to share with you the poem “Last Fragment” by Raymond Carver, “And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so? I did. And what did you want? To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth.” Whoa. To feel myself beloved. Isn’t that […]
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Shoreline Soup Kitchen: January 2020

Each Monday night at 5:30 p.m., we host the local Monday night Shoreline Soup Kitchen & Pantries dinner at our church. We are always looking for new volunteers. Please contact Pastor Joy Perkett at revjperkett@gmail.com or 860-581-0493 if you are interested in volunteering your time.

Centering Prayer & Lectio: January 2020

Join us for a time of prayer and Scripture reflection every Saturday. 10 a.m.: Centering Prayer Centering Prayer is a method of setting an intention to consent to God’s presence and action within.  Briefly, it’s a method that allows one to “rest in God,” which, in turn, sparks an inner transformative process.   Most would say […]
Read More »

New London Community Meal: January 2020

Every third Saturday at 3:30 p.m., we volunteer at the Community Meal at the Church of the City in New London. We are always looking for new volunteers. Please contact Steven Balkau at 860-823-0348 if you would be interesting in participating.