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Interfaith Prayer Service for Racial Justice

Order of Prayer Service [Word document available here] Thank you to the participating faith leaders (alphabetical by last name): Imam Refai Arefin, Islamic Association of Greater Hartford Rabbi Marci Bellows and Cantor Belinda Brennan, faith leaders of Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek Rev. Dr. Jan Gregory Charpentier, pastor of the First Congregational Church of Westbrook […]
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Antiracist Resources

Dear ones, I pray these days for the Spirit to fill us all with a holy curiosity. How can we know God and others, and how can we love God and others, if we are not curious? I pray that the winds of the Spirit may blow open the doors of our minds to an […]
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Easter Sermon

John 20:1-18 Mary of Magdala’s love is deep. Just like her grief. That is why I am so surprised that when Mary finally sees Jesus; she does not recognize Jesus. Literally the text says, “She turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus.” Why do you think […]
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Easter Sunrise Sermon

John 10:1-18 There is something about this Easter, that feels closer to the actual Easter, when Mary of Magdala, stepped out of her residence to walk to the tomb, to grieve her teacher, Jesus. That day, she did not know what would happen; nothing was guaranteed to her. She walked that inky pre-dawn hour to […]
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Worship Online

Mid-Day Prayer: On Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, we offer mid-day prayer via Zoom.  It will last from 12 – 12:30 p.m.  Everyone is invited. Email or text our pastor, Pastor Joy Perkett, at or 860-581-0493 for the Zoom access information.  You can use computer or phone to call in. Worship: On Sundays at 10 […]
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Holy Week Services

Palm Sunday, April 5 at 10 a.m. – Please bring the following items to worship: a palm, bread and grape juice. For the palm, you likely don’t have one at home. However, the interesting part of Palm Sunday is that people waved and used palms simply because palm trees were near to their homes. Likewise, […]
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Noontime Prayer: Mon – Thurs

On Monday through Thursday, we are offering mid-day prayer via Zoom. It will last from 12 – 12:30 p.m.  Everyone is invited. Please contact Pastor Joy Perkett at for the access information.

3/29 Online Worship, Mid-Week Prayer & Updates

Dear Ones, I hope you are staying warm despite the chill of an overcast sky and colder weather. For me, our ability to still be community together is what brings warmth to my heart.   Here are our community updates for the upcoming week: Mid-Day Prayer: On Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, I will offer mid-day prayer […]
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3/22 and 3/29: Online Worship

Dear ones, I hope the warm rays of spring sunshine are finding their way into your life. For reasons of health, all in-person activities at the church are suspended until March 31st. In the meantime, we will continue to worship online on March 22 and March 29 at 10 am. Please note the worship links […]
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