Sanctuary & Hillside Worship Series
"STAYCATION: A Summer Spirituality and Sermon Series"
Has the pandemic quashed your big summer vacation travel plans? What better time to opt for a staycation! This six-week summer sermon series will boost your spirit and remind you that our mission to love God and love people doesn’t require travel at all. In fact, in times like these, maybe the greatest love one can give is to our own community!
Sunday Worship - September 06 @ 10:30 am
"Blow the Roof Off"
Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, “We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God... crossing our paths and canceling our plans by sending us people with claims and petitions." Jesus responded to interruptions in the middle of his teaching and used them to further the gospel message. Ministry isn’t interrupted; it continues and expands as we follow the prompting of the Spirit.
Prayer for This Sunday:
Holy God, we bring before you the concerns of our hearts. We also seek to open ourselves to your concerns, knowing that your heart is wider than ours and your compassion, deeper.
We pray for those who did not have enough to eat for breakfast today, for those who are waiting anxiously for their end-of-the-month check, and for those who live in their car or camp out on a friend’s couch. Lord, in your mercy ... hear our prayer.

We pray for those who had bad news from the doctor, for those who can’t afford health insurance, for those who were kept awake last night by pain, and for those recovering from surgery. Lord, in your mercy ... hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are unhappily married, for those who would rather not be single, for the parents overcome by demanding children, and for the older person who has not been hugged by a child in years. Lord, in your mercy ... hear our prayer. We pray for those who are too depressed to open the blinds in the morning, for those who grieve the loss of a love, and for those who mourn the death of a friend. Lord, in your mercy ... hear our prayer.

Living God, you call us to new life even in our sorrows and concerns. Help us trust in the promise of the resurrection, and teach us to hear your whispers of hope. For we pray in the name of the great hope-giver, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Sunday Online Schedule
9:45 - 10:15 am - Guided Meditation w/ Sarah D
10:15 am - Gathering Time (say hello and get settled in)
10:30 am - Family Worship (children, reflections, music, prayers)
11:30 am - Virtual Coffee Hour (small group conversation)
Announcements - Mission & Service
Sign up and Join Us For Rally Sunday Coming September 13!
Rally Sunday is the worship service where we kickoff the church’s program year and re-covenant to ‘be the church’. Most years, it serves as a homecoming of sorts: we welcome back those who have been away for the summer, celebrate how good it is to be together in community, and recommit ourselves to the work of gospel love in the months to come. While the pandemic will prevent us from holding Rally Sunday in person, we still plan to kick the day off in style. What’s more, we need your help to do it! 
Click button above for details - what, when, where!!
Learn More about the #ItTakesAVillageMedford Big Table Response to Childcare/Learning Crisis
Medford Health Matters/Medford Conversations envision a city-wide, cross-sector effort that centers the needs of children and families as we re-knit our social fabric, reimagine our post-pandemic economy, and recreate ourselves as an anti-racist community. It Takes a Village: Medford includes families, schools (including school board members, district administrators, school administrators, teachers, and support staff), city departments, nonprofits, youth, faith-based organizations, businesses, and others.  It Takes A Village: Medford is committed to convening community stakeholders to work together to ensure that ALL Medford’s children, and especially those who are most vulnerable, will have the opportunity to safely learn and thrive, even in the midst of this pandemic. For more details about how and who is involved click on the button above.time
Sanctuary Micropantry Free Organic Fresh Vegetables

Join Us Every Friday (4 to 6 pm); through the growing season.
First Come/First Served - Mask Required!
Through a generous donation and partnership with The Plough & Stars Project - Sanctuary's Micropantry Mission is able to offer farm fresh vegetables.

Prayer, Meditation, and Reflection
Tuesday, September 08 | Friday, September 11
Drop-In Lunch On-Line @ 12 pm
Join Rev. Wendy for prayer, meditation and reflection - check on your heart and soul space!
Everybody needs a little sanctuary.
especially now!
Have a topic, prayer, or reflection to offer?
Contact Rev. Wendy
Micro pantries around the city are open and needed more than ever!
Please donate if you have the capacity during this time to help our neighbors!
For any further information on the virus, events, or how we can still be Sanctuary for ourselves and others, please check out the website:
Sanctuary United Church of Christ 
458 High Street, Medford, MA 02155 • (781) 395–3360