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An Open & Affirming Congregation

Nine years ago today, the Costa Concordia Cruise ship sunk after it struck rocks off the coast of Giglio Island in the Tyrrhenian Sea. More than 4,200 people were rescued, though 32 people died. According to the vessel’s owner, the captain “made an unapproved, unauthorized deviation in course.” The captain was found guilty of manslaughter because of his negligence. While it may seem obvious to us that the captain was at fault, we too often fail to see the dangers in front of us. We can all benefit from a new way to see.

Luke 6:41-42 “Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Friend, let me take out the speck in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.”

The parable we often learn as children in Sunday School shows Jesus teaching His listeners that they are to look to the Lord for direction and not to one another. Then he tackled a sticky issue that is also prevalent today: hypocrisy. How do we judge others? To illustrate His point, Jesus used first-century humor, painting a picture of someone who points out a small piece of sawdust in another person’s eye, while having a large plank in his own eye (v. 41). In other words, we are far more tolerant and accepting of our own behavior and actions than we are of others.

Jesus calls his followers and us “hypocrites” (Greek for “Actor”) when we do this. While it can be good to help our neighbor recognize their actions as wrong, he challenges us to deal with our behaviors and actions first. If this past week has taught us anything, I hope it points us to a time of self-examination, pointing to the things we have done or failed to do to advance the peaceable kingdom of God. We often turn a blind eye to discrimination, unfair polices that endanger and deny rights and privileges based on Race, Gender, Sexual Orientation and Political affiliation. It is only when we are able to see clearly that we will be able to navigate the “waters” of this world and help us save others along the way.

Spend some time today thinking about your life. Do you have a “plank” in your eye that you are disregarding? Ask God to give you the strength to identify the things you need to see clearly so you can help others.

RB
MONDAY January 18, 2021

The Annual Martin Luther King Community Prayer Service co-sponsored by the Duxbury Interfaith Council & Prejudice Free Duxbury will be held on Monday January 18, 2020 via Zoom.

We encourage you to join us as our community comes together as one as a symbol of strength, hope and justice.

Service will begin at 9 a.m. and will be followed by breakout sessions to discuss how we can further Dr. King’s dream in the year to come. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86319050821
Meeting ID: 863 1905 0821
PLEDGE REMINDER
Our Trustees are faced with a tough task of preparing a budget from our expected Pledges from our members. You should have all received a letter from the Chair of our Stewardship Committee asking for your consideration of your support. We are facing a very significant shortfall in our pledging due to the effects of Covid and the life circumstances that people are facing. That is all understandable.

We ask that you please prayerfully consider submitting a pledge to help us plan ahead, and pray for our decision making which will undoubtedly involve tough choices.

If you do not yet have a pledge card, email office@uccduxbury.org and we will get one to you or click here to print a pledge card. 
It’s been a rough couple of weeks. I look forward to inauguration day and the hope it brings for peace and a vision of our future as a country and as the children, the family of God, our Creator. While we might not see ourselves as "family," we are in many ways. As some say, there is more that unites than what divides us. Hopefully, we all can embrace Peace as a unifying element of our family on earth.
In the Marine Corps, I learned a lot about how a body of men and women could arrive at a destination full of significant differences in life, thoughts, and vision of the future. We learned to see each other as equals and critical to the safety and development of each other. We learned to make a commitment to this understanding even though the future was unclear.
As we move forward in our country with a new President, I hope we all pray to join together in unifying our vision for our country, fortified with our commitment to each other and our savior Jesus Christ. We do so with a commitment to our Creator God and to each other in our country, community, and family.
The words of the Marine Corps commitment are strong for us all today...
Semper Fidelis – Always Faithful
Always faithful to God, Jesus Christ, to our country and to each other.
Take care,
Rev. John
WORSHIP ALL VIRTUAL FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 17
Due to the Governor’s new recommendations for churches to limit attendance to 25 or less, we will be cautious and hold our worship service virtually only with no in person attendance.

With an abundance of caution and the understanding that health is more precious than presence at the moment, we invite you to visit our Facebook page Pilgrim Church of Duxbury UCC or You Tube for the online service.

ZOOM SUNDAY SCHOOL TODAY!!!!

K-2 from 3 – 3:30
Grades 3-5 3:30 – 4:00
Check your email for the links!



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I recently received this email from Cradles to Crayons. It is so uplifting to know that Pilgrim Church families were a part of this drive that impacted so many. Many thanks to you!








Dear Angelique,
At the start of November, we set a goal to collect 1,000 Outfit Packs—enough to provide 1,000 children with a whole week's worth of clothing. We are sending out our biggest thanks to all the individuals, families, and corporate groups that participated in our Give Back with an Outfit Pack program this Giving Season. With your help, we were able to collect 1,405 Outfit Packs!
We are so grateful to receive such overwhelming support during this challenging time. These essential clothing items will go directly to the children we serve, helping them feel warm, comfortable, and valued.
Warmest Regards,
Molly Walsh
Boston Community Engagement                        
February 2021 Pilgrim's Progress

If you have any information you would like to be included in the February 2021 Pilgrim's Progress, please send it to Melissa by Friday, February 22nd. (office@uccduxbury.org)
THANK YOU!
KINDNESS RESOLUTION TREE
RB and Angelique are creating a “Kindness Resolution Tree” that will be filled with your suggestions and ideas about how you and your family can make 2021 the year of grace and kindness.

Perhaps you will make a resolution to shovel your neighbor’s driveway when it snows or give to a charity that means a lot to you, or maybe even just choosing words to be a little kinder with those who are closest to you.

Whatever it may be, please email your kindness resolution to youthdir@uccduxbury.org or revbill@uccduxbury.org

We will write it on a paper leaf which will go on our kindness tree.  Names will not be put on the leaf, unless you’d like them to be there. (In which case, please let us know – otherwise they will remain nameless.)

Please begin sending your ideas in now, so we can have the beginnings of our tree on display during our virtual service on Sunday.