On Line Worship Service, May 30, 2021

Welcome to this service for this First Sunday after Pentecost.   

The main part of the service is included below in a video of our live zoom worship on Sunday morning at 10:00 AM on May 30th. 

Be sure to watch the second video, as well: Laila Reimanis and Annemieke McLane playing flute and piano in the Bach Flute Sonata in Eb Major.

“A Way in the Wilderness” is the title of the sermon which reflects on the phenomenon of transition, meaning an inner journey we need to travel in order to adapt successfully to any change in our life, individually or as a group. We are in a huge time of transition now as our nation and planet undergo traumatic convulsions. We also have barely begun to realize the magnitude of the transition ahead of us as we emerge from the pandemic into a changed world. We are blessed by the wisdom of William Bridges and his book Managing Transitions which offers just the guidance we need to work through the wilderness of transition and reach the Promised Land of a world changed for the better.

The service explores the theme in music and scripture, and in the life of our community.  

You can see the Order of Worship below. You will also find some portions of our worship that were not included in the live zoom service, including the haiku of the day, a few announcements and the offering.

Thank you for being part of our church community! If you would like to join us on our Sunday morning zooms click here, or on our Thursday Heartfulness Contemplative Training Circle zooms click here

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Whoever you are, wherever you are on your journey, you are welcome here and in our church community.

Pastor Tom Kinder         Call to Worship  “Be still, and know that I am God.”  Psalm 46  

Here is this week’s haiku by Mel Goertz:                                

     A Black bear walked up

the driveway, steady gait

     past the kitchen window.


Let us worship together…      



The scripture readings for this Sunday are Isaiah 43:16, 18-19; Revelation 21:1-5a and John 20:7-22a. You can hear them read on the video below or read the text or download it here: 5-30-21 Service Readings    


The Live Zoom Service Recording

Order of Worship (the video is below): 

  1. Call to Worship, by Pastor Tom Kinder
  2. Introit, “We Walk by Faith and Not By Sight,” sung by members of the United Church of Strafford choir directed by pianist Annemieke McLane
  3. Scripture Reading, read by Joey Hawkins
  4. Sermon “A Way in the Wilderness” by the Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder, Pastor
  5. Hymn “In the Bulb There Is a Flower (Hymn of Promise)” 
  6. Closing Prayer
  7. Choral Response: “Nada te turba” sung by members of the United Church of Strafford choir directed by pianist Annemieke McLane
  8. SECOND VIDEO: Postlude: JS Bach’s Flute Sonata in Eb Major; Laila Reimanis, flute and Annemieke McLane, piano

Here are the two videos: 




You can read the text and find a pdf of the Call to Worship and Sermon by clicking here.                    



This congregation is a small but meaningful part of the movement to establish God’s realm of peace, justice and care for God’s creation on earth, actively engaged in serving our community and supporting the wider worldwide movement.

One of the ways we work together and increase our strength beyond our individual abilities is by pooling our resources.  This is hard to do when we are forced apart by the pandemic, so we hope you will take just a minute to use our online donation service.

To make your offering on line, please click here.  (This is a service we are providing through an extremely well established on-line donation company specializing in churches that is recommended by the national United Church of Christ and used by thousands of churches like ours.  To read more about our decision to allow on line donations, click here.)                    



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It is extremely important that we stay connected now.  Please reach out by phone or email to neighbors and other members of the congregation, especially those who live by themselves or are struggling or vulnerable. 

Our Deacons, Becky Bailey and Kim Welsh, are coordinating our Deacons Fund and our outreach to people in need of support, and Danette Harris, Chair of our Mission Committee, is leading our work with the Food Shelf.  If you would like to donate or help please email us or use the comment feature on this page.         

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