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An Open & Affirming Congregation

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience… (Galatians 5:22)

People often say that they need to have more patience. Well, we all do. But are we willing to allow God to work in our lives in such a way as to develop it? We think that God is going to one day supernaturally give us more patience, but…(psssst) that’s not how it works! God does not spoon out patience just to keep us happy. Patience is the end result of a faith where we allow the Spirit control in our life.

First of all, there is patience that equips us to endure all things. The apostle Paul prayed for the Ephesians, “I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.” (Ephesians 3:16). The Spirit can enable us to endure difficulty.

And the Spirit can gift us with patience in our lives. The same Spirit that can equips us to endure difficult problems, can also enable us to endure difficult people. “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” (Colossians 3:12-13)

In Galatians 5:22, notice that it is ‘fruit’ (singular) and not ‘fruits’ (plural) of the Spirit. Many believe that by Paul’s use of a singular noun, he was emphasizing that we cannot pick and choose which part of the fruit we want to demonstrate. In other words, you can’t become a more patient person without becoming a more loving person. Perhaps the main reason we are not more patient with some people is because we do not love them. In our recent awakening to racial understanding and acceptance and education, we have to understand that we can’t learn anything without including love as our core. And remember “Love is patient and kind.” (1 Corinthians 13:4)

Paul does not place patience before love, but rather, love before patience. Is he trying to teach us that we cannot experience more patience until we first experience more love?

If that is the case, then perhaps what we should be asking for is love instead of patience. After all, it’s not nearly as hard to be patient with those we really love.

RB

CHURCH REOPENING INFORMATION
After careful discussion, for the safety and health of our Congregation, our Church Council and all committees have decided that we will continue our FACEBOOK LIVE services through the month of July and not re-open the church for live in person services.

The pandemic has taught us that we need to be cautious and safe, and at this moment, we are not at the point where we can be sure of your safety and health. We will re-visit the issue towards the end of July, and consider the possibility of offering an outdoor worship service, perhaps even some weekday evening someplace where we can ensure social distancing.

We are guided by medical science, with input and information from our UCC Conference to make our own decisions. Right now, it’s the right decision to make and I thank all of our church members who have wrestled with these difficult decisions in faith and love.
RB

Have you ever heard music outdoors? And I don't mean from a loud radio on the beach or from a blaring car radio as it goes by you.
 
I mean from the moments when you least expected to hear music to calm your pace and ease your day. I offer you this poem by Mary Oliver about how we can be surprised by the gentle wonder of our lives, when we least expect to be blessed.
 
Freshen the Flowers, She Said
 
So I put them in the sink, for the cool porcelain
Was tender,
And took out the tattered and cut each stem
On a slant,
Trimmed the black and raggy leaves, and set them all –
Roses, delphiniums, daises, iris, lilies,
And more whose names I don’t know, in bright new water –
Gave them
A bounce upward at the end to let them take
Their own choice of position, the wheels, the spurs,
The little sheds of the buds. It took, to do this,
Perhaps fifteen minutes.
Fifteen minutes of music
With nothing playing.
 
Have a great day, being ready to be surprised by the flowery aspects in our lives that we find when we are open to wonder and beauty.
 
Blessings to you all,
 
Rev. John

NEW CHURCH POLICIES

If you need to come into the church for any church business during the week, please use the front doors of the church. This allows the side and back doors to be used by PCCP, which will be opening on Monday, June 29th.

If you need handicap access, please call the office before you arrive and we will meet you at the side entrance.

All visitors must wear a mask.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping us all safe and healthy!
Pilgrim's Progress
It's that time again.... if you would like any information included in the July 2020 Pilgrim's Progress, please email it to Melissa (office@uccduxbury.org) by Wednesday, June 24th. Thank you!
Summer Worship
Summer Sunday Services (via Facebook Live) will move to
9:30 am starting July 5th .
You can still watch the service at your convenience, at later time.