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!

Sanctuary and Hillside offer this six-week summer sermon series to 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!

Our Staycation series explores ways we can love and serve others right where we are; and how to view life’s interruptions as opportunities just like Jesus did. 
Sunday Worship - August 09 @ 10:30 am
"Out of the Mouths of Babes"
  Life and ministry are full of interruptions - and Jesus’s ministry was no exception. The disciples wanted to keep the children away - yet Jesus' work was not hindered by children but enhanced. How are we being called to "stay" with children during this Corona-cation season?
Prayer for This Sunday:
Lord of all creation, we know your heart aches for all who suffer. Sometimes, it seems the only thing we can do is pray. Sometimes, it seems all we can do is keep the suffering in our thoughts. Help us understand when and how we can be your agents of change. For this day, we pray with children.

For the children of God around the world who go to bed hungry. God of mercy, hear our prayer.

For the children of God whose world is rocked by violence. God of mercy, hear our prayer.

For the children of God who continue to rebuild their lives following natural disasters. God of mercy, hear our prayer.

For the children of God who have no permanent shelter. God of mercy, hear our prayer.

For the children of God who lack necessary health care. God of mercy, hear our prayer.

For the children of God who struggle with demons. God of mercy, hear our prayer.

For the children of God who await a diagnosis. God of mercy, hear our prayer.

For the children of God who mourn the loss of loved ones. God of mercy, hear our prayer.

For the children of God who face difficult decisions. God of mercy, hear our prayer.

For the children of God who feel they have no purpose. God of mercy, hear our prayer.

We give these prayers and all of our heartfelt thoughts to you, O God, knowing you have heard not only the concerns we have spoken, but the concerns in our hearts as well. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, the risen Lord. Amen.

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
Bread of Life Details
The next delivery of Sanctuary's food donations to the Bread of Life food pantry will be next Thurs., July 13. You may drop off your donations to Julie Roberts' porch by that morning or contact her if you need them to be picked up at your front door by noon that day. Julie's email is heronjulie@yahoo.com., if you have any questions.

Here is the recent list of items that BOL needs for their Student Nutrition Backpack program:
  
 Tuna-to-go
 Chef Boyardee canned pasta , single-serve
 Juice boxes (100% juice)
 Raisins (small boxes)
 Single-serve applesauce
 Fruit cups
 Pudding cups
 Chicken or beef stew pouches (or single- serve pop-tops)
 Mac 'n Cheese single-serve
 Soup cups

They can also use:
  Diapers, sizes 1,2,3,6
 Baby Wipes

Thank you! Please help Sanctuary help Bread of Life help so many in need!

Join Us Today, Friday, August 7 (4 to 6 pm);
Every Friday through the 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.

Black History / Black Lives Matter
Book, Film, Podcast, TV Recommendations
Prayer, Meditation, and Reflection
Tuesday, August 11 | Friday, August 14
Drop-In Lunch On-Line @ 12 pm
Join Rev. Wendy for prayer, meditation and reflection - check on your heart and soul space!
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Everybody needs a little sanctuary.
especially now!
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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