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An Open & Affirming Congregation
Good morning.
As we continue our journey back to some sort of normalcy, I have found that little things begin to tick me off. Like people ignoring science and scientists and their well-founded suggestions to continue to social distance and wear masks. I get so irritated because we can actually see, especially here in the Northeast, that this is working to lower the transmission of the virus.

But at times I am at a loss for words. This morning I received a small booklet from our denomination, the United Church of Christ. It is a Booklet of Devotions entitled “EMERGE: Blessing and Rituals for UNSHELTERING” . I am finding some humor, some grief work, some hope in the devotionals. I will share one with you this morning from Rev. Mary Luti, who actually was one of my Professors at Andover Newton Theological School.

It is called “MEDITATION FOR WHEN PEOPLE WHO IGNORE SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS ARE MAKING YOU MAD AS HECK”

“Jesus, you said pray for your enemies.
There’s sneaky wisdom in that.
If you’re really praying for someone
It’s a lot harder to hate them.
And if you keep it up sincerely over time
You might even start to love them.
What happens after that is anybody’s guess.
My guess, good Jesus,
Is that it all leads to meeting you in them
And to discovering that they are wounded, too.
What happens then, once I know that?
Once I learn we share one single shattered heart?
I’ve never been there, Jesus, I don’t know.
But as the heat rises in my brain,
The censure, consternation, and the rage, I wish I did.
Because right now I just want to haul off and pummel them,
Smack some sense into them, smack them good.
Teach me to pray.
Amen.

RB

LIVE FACEBOOK NOON TIME PRAYER
Join RB on Thursday July 22 nd at Noon for as short mediation and prayer.
Just go to the church’s Facebook page: Pilgrim Church of Duxbury UCC

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE A DEVOTIONAL?
Over the past 5 months we have offered Daily Devotionals on Facebook. We have seen and heard amazing stories, shared laughs and prayers and stayed together in a new way. Would you like to share a story? Its very easy. Speak with RB if you would like to try something new and connect with our Congregation with a story of your faith, your practices and your hope!

My wife Betsy and I and our family are in a difficult time. I mentioned Sunday during worship that Betsy’s mother Tilda passed away on Friday, July 17.
Thank you for your prayers and messages.
 
Tilda was a sweet and constant presence in our lives. She brought her whole family together in love and care. I will hold her loving presence in a deep place in my heart. I want to be a friend, companion, and caregiver to our family here at Pilgrim Church. Truly, Tilda inspires me with the way she cared for us all.
 
Blessings to you all,
Rev. John

Here is a link to Tilda's obituary
PRAYER REQUESTS

Remember to send in your Prayer requests to be mentioned on Sunday mornings to revbill819@gmail.com
REMINDER:
If you would like to have any information included in the August 2020 Pilgrim's Progress, please send it to Melissa by Friday, July 24th. Thank you!
NOMINATING COMMITTEE
We are looking for volunteers to work on our various Boards .  If you are interested in becoming part of the Church Council, Diaconate, Trustees, Christian Education, PCCP, or Mission Committees, please contact Nancy Von Stackleburg ( nsvonstack@gmail.com  ) or Rosemary McGreevy ( r.mcgreevy@comcast.net

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