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October 22                               
The Reverend Dr. Eric C. Smith
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Next week marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, but we are also recognizing another 500th anniversary: the 500th anniversary of the Bible as we know it. (It’s actually more like 496, but who’s counting).  This week we will talk about how the Bible took the form it has today, and what that had to do with the events of the Protestant Reformation that we are celebrating this month.

October 29
The Reverend George Anastos
The Celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
Today’s service will weave Word and song together to create an audible tapestry joy and glory. Our choir is working hard to present choral offerings of unusual depth. The scripture and brief meditations will remind us of our heritage and invite us to our future.

November 5                          
All Saints Sunday
Revelation 7:9-17                 
Service of Holy Communion
We are blessed beyond measure for our community. We are blessed by the wisdom and the compassion and the friendship and the challenge that we find in one another. Today is a day when we celebrate our community, particularly those disciples who have died in the past year – their witness has been our blessing, and our blessing shall be our witness.

We will also have members of our congregation speak of a saint in their lives.

November 12                                   
The Reverend George Anastos
Psalm 78:1-7                         
New Member Sunday

Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;
incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth in a parable;
I will expound on the mysteries of the past.

Today’s psalm is rich in wisdom and old in Truth. It invites us into the heart of God that we might have the courage to enter into the heart of our own souls. Today’s psalm invites us to reflect, to ponder, to grow, to trust.

On this day we will also welcome into membership individuals who wish to join our community of disciples—to worship God, to nurture people in the Christian journeys, and to witness to God’s love in word and in deed.

November 19                                   
The Reverend George Anastos
Matthew 25:14-30
Today’s scripture lesson is well known. It tells of a rich landowner (usually interpreted as God) going on a journey and entrusting money to them, according to their differing abilities. Upon his return the landowner expects to see a substantial return on his invested trust in them. “Well done, good and faithful servant!” he exclaims to those who gave him a good return. “You wicked and lazy slave!” he screams at the one who merely gave him his money back, and then orders the slave into the outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

What kind of cruel God is this? Is this really the God we worship?

November 19                                   
7:00 P.M. Thanksgiving Service at First Plymouth
It is with joy that we gather, for the 51st consecutive year, with our sisters and brothers from Temple Sinai to celebrate Thanksgiving. Beyond the history of the event (which may be the longest running interfaith service in America), this service reflects our congregations’ respective commitments to being people peace, to being good neighbors, to celebrating the gifts we have as American citizens.

November 26
Reign of Christ Sunday
The Reverend Dr. Eric C. Smith

Psalm 100
Today is the last day of the church year–the end of the liturgical cycle that began with Advent in 2016. It’s a time to reflect on the journey we have undertaken in the past year, from Advent to Lent and Easter and through the stories and parables of “Ordinary Time.” The year culminates as a microcosm of Christianity’s claim about the world: that good wins out in the end, that the forces of justice and inclusion triumph, and that Christ reigns over the kingdom of God, come to earth. This Sunday, as our text suggests, we make a joyful noise as the citizens of that world that does not yet exist–but that is coming into being.