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Luke 16:1-13 Today’s story is a story of mystery. A story that defies easy explanation. The stories of Jesus are like the foggy veils that I recently saw in La Malbaie, Quebec. I would squint my eyes and try to see what lay within the veils. Likewise, we are trying to peer in and see […]
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Welcome Home Sunday: 9/18

We invite you to join us in worship and on Welcome Home Sunday on September 18th at 10 a.m.  It will be followed by a potluck at the church. Please bring something to share. There will be options to eat both outside and inside. It is a great to connect and re-connect with others!

An Economy of Grace

Luke 14:1, 7-14 [Watch sermon here.] Jesus enters a dinner party and immediately offers a critique, saying “When you host a dinner, don’t invite your friends, your siblings, your relatives, or rich neighbors. If you do, they will invite you in return. Instead, when you throw a party, invite the poor, the disabled, those who […]
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9/11 Only: Zoom-Only Worship

On September 11, worship will only be on Zoom. Please mark the date. On all other Sundays, worship will be in-person AND online. If you need the Zoom information, email Pastor Joy at .

Let Your Imagination Run Wild

Isaiah 58:9b-14 [Watch sermon here.] Dream.Isaiah invites us to dream of the world God desires for us.Dreamily, Isaiah writes,God will guide you continually,and satisfy your needs in parched places,and make your bones strong. What do you think it meansthat God wants to make our bones strong? Here is a story that sheds light on that […]
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Truth Ablaze

Luke 12:49-56 [Watch sermon here.] Dead. The towering pitch pines were dead.It surprised me as I ran through the pine barrensin the Myles Standish Forest in Massachusetts. I jogged slowly. Sand cushioned my feet as I moved;sand anchored the shrubby oaks and blueberries around me,which looked black. In this oasis, pitch pines rose high like […]
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New London Community Meal: Sept. 2022

Every third Saturday at 3:30 p.m., we serve takeout meals at the Community Meal at the Church of the City in New London. We are always looking for new volunteers. Please contact Pastor Joy Perkett at 860-581-0493 or if you would be interesting in participating.

Shoreline Soup Kitchen: Sept. 2022

Each Monday night at 5:30 p.m., we serve takeout meals for the local Shoreline Soup Kitchen & Pantries. We are always looking for new volunteers. Please contact Pastor Joy Perkett at or 860-581-0493 if you would like to volunteer.

Noontime Prayer: Sept. 2022

On Monday through Thursday, we are offering mid-day prayer via Zoom.It will last from 12 – 12:20 p.m. Please contact Pastor Joy Perkett at for the access information.

9/25: Intergenerational Sunday

We are trying something new.  As a way for all ages to worship together, we will have an intergenerational Sunday on the fourth Sunday of the month.  For this service, we will read our Scripture from a Children’s Bible, have stories in place of a sermon, enjoy lively music, and have more time to interact and reflect together on the […]
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