Welcome to Pilgrim Church of Duxbury
An Open & Affirming Congregation
REMINDER: WORSHIP SERVICE MOVES TO 10:00 AM THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH!

WORSHIP WITH US LIVE ON FACEBOOK LIVE
Sundays at 10:00 AM

You can still watch the service at your convenience, just go to our Facebook page: Pilgrim Church of Duxbury UCC
As we enter the “official” Fall Church year, on behalf of the staff of Pilgrim Church of Duxbury United Church of Christ, I offer you blessings of health and presence of the Spirit that makes us one!

It has been a long six months for us, not just as a church family, but also in our everyday lives. The Covid 19 Virus has forced us to make changes in our routines to remain healthy and to keep others healthy as well. During this time, we have been busy exploring best practices we can use regarding in-person worship, online services, and the possibility of holding other events that allow us to gather IN-PERSON rather than in front of our computers.

Our major concern is safety and health and the narrow line we must balance on as we offer in-person opportunities of worship and fellowship. With concerns about safe public gatherings foremost in our minds, the Diaconate and Executive Committees are in discussion about resuming a weekly outside service beginning on Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 10:00 AM until the end of October. These services will accommodate up to the state-mandated 60 worshipers, safely spaced and all safety and health protocols must be observed, including pre-registration.

Watch for information SOON.

We will be resuming some other in-person meetings and gatherings as we continually check the health guidelines available to us.

This Sunday at 11:30 AM, our CE Committee is sponsoring a “Blessing of the Backpacks” for our Sunday School kids at 11:30 AM. Masks are required, and kids are to be spaced out with their backpacks on the front lawn.
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The daily news covers the struggle for schools and universities to make safe decisions to return to school in person or virtual. Having students of any age work from home or dorm room isn’t always easy, for them, their parents, or their teachers. These are tough times, and each of us has individual decisions to make on a number of fronts.

On a less serious note, my beloved Red Sox are failing dramatically in the 62-game season, down 100 games due to the pandemic. Frankly, the pitching has been pathetic, and there is little evidence of team spirit leading them during this frustrating season. It’s safe to say many players are already looking toward next year when things return to “normal.”

We all look for a new view of our days to lift our spirits. I share this beautiful blessing from one of my favorites, John O’Donohue.

In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.

It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.

Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.

Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.

Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.


Thinking of you all as we move into this transition to Fall and all that brings.

Take care, and blessings to you all,

Rev. John
THE BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS will take place on the front lawn of church this Sunday, September 13 at 11:30 – just in time for you to watch the Facebook Live service, then pop on over to church for this brief, but very special event!

Bring your backpacks and join us to start the school year off in a most blessed way.   
And of course, SOCIAL DISTANCING AND MASKS for everyone required!
Miles Sampson will be doing his Eagle Scout Project at Pilgrim Church; updating the landscaping in front of the church, along the sidewalk on Washington Street.

He is looking for volunteers to help on Saturday, September 12th and Saturday, September 19th.
Please visit his Facebook page to sign up to volunteer or to donate.

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Due to the problems with Rev. Bill's email account, he has a new email address. Please update your address book to include Rev. Bill's new address.
For security reasons, his old email account will NOT forward to his new email.

revbill@uccduxbury.org