July's Worship Themes
“The Ground upon Which We Stand”: This Sunday, we celebrate the 245th anniversary of our nation’s Declaration of Independence. As we recall this past, let us also reflect on the history of the “ground upon which we stand” at Amicable, which was significant in the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Europeans. Later, Rhode Island was the first colony to call for religious freedom and the separation of church and state. In our UCC “God is still speaking” voice, we hear the words of those who forged this unique path for Rhode Island and our nation.
Beach Sunday at Fogland: A special service celebrating our Creator’s gift of water and sand and kick off our annual bleach clean up and picnic event. The beach is about 6 minutes from the church down Rt. 77, turn left on Pond Bridge Rd., and then a quick left onto Fogland Rd.
“A River through the Wilderness, Part I”: Last month’s service ended with Isaiah 43:19a: “I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” This Sunday, we pick up with 43:19b: “I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Rivers were a powerful motif for our spiritual ancestors offering images of abundant life as well as profound sorrow. What did that mean for them and for us?
“A River through the Wilderness, Part II”: As we move through the enormous challenges our world faces today (pandemic, political upheaval, economic inequity, and environmental degradation), how can rivers of life inspire hope in us? Just as those who entered the Jordan River for baptism two millennia ago, where can we find our own spiritual river(s) for renewal?