Welcome to Pilgrim Church of Duxbury
An Open & Affirming Congregation

I hope you all survived the windstorm last night, we lost power for a few hours before it came back on around 9 PM. Maybe God allowed the storm so I couldn’t watch the Celtics lose, but I have so enjoyed being able to watch games again...it’s the little things…

I saw a thread in a conversation I have with other Pastors who are getting more and more questions about the virus, asking “Why does God allow this to happen?” It’s an age-old question of faith isn’t it? I have found in my experience as a Pastor that great stories of faith come to the surface after periods of hurt and suffering and struggle about how God helps us through those times of trouble.

How is that possible? I come to realize that struggles can grow our faith, and hope and healing comes from hurt and hardship. Let me say that again. Hope and healing come from hurt and hardship. Without hurt there is no possibility for healing. Without hardship there is no need for hope.

I’ll speak a little bit more on this in my Devotional this morning, but I want you to know that God is walking with us, holding us up, teaching us about faith in this world. While I believe that it is the world that God had created, I also believe that it has never been a perfect creation that shields us from the things of life. When things happen, that cause hurt and pain, God is still walking with us, holding us up, leading us to faith!

Please stay safe, follow the guidelines of scientists and doctors and health professionals. I am hopeful that at least here in the Northeast, things are looking up as we continue to listen and comply to the medical advice we are receiving. And when we do, the time to gather as a community of faith will be here soon.

Walk in faith and peace,

The Duxbury Interfaith Council has joined with the Duxbury Rotary Club to offer a program and Opportunity to listen and reflect and create a path for discussion about the effects of Racism in our community and how to chart a path forward. It is a Zoom meeting . Here is the sign in information. Join us!

Good morning,

I offer you these words from Henri Nouwen to help us take a different look at this unusual time of being apart. He calls this offering “Where To Put Our Attention.”

“Somewhere we know that without silence words lose their meaning, that without listening, speaking no longer heals, that without distance closeness cannot cure. Somewhere we know that without a lonely place our actions quickly become empty gestures. The careful balance between silence and words, withdrawal and involvement, distance and closeness, solitude and community forms the basis of the Christian life and should, therefore, be the subject of our most personal attention.”

So what are we all doing these days, as we live our lives in different ways than we planned for the summer and beyond? I pray for peaceful balance in your days, whether alone or with your families. Take time to sit and pray, to reflect and meditate as you do in your life. Stay strong. Jesus walks with us in these times.

Blessings to you all,
Rev. John
The Nominations committee is busy at work trying to fill a few more positions to start this fall. We currently need volunteers for the following Boards:
  • 4 people for the Board of Deacons
  • 1 person for Music Board
If you would like to hear more about these positions and what it entails, please contact Nancy von Stackelberg (nsvonstack@gmail.com)
or Rosemary McGreevy r.mcgreevy@comcast.net.

Sundays at 9:30 AM

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