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Sunday Worship Service 10/25/20

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Click here for the October 25, 2020 Bulletin

This weeks service will be LIVESTREAMED on Facebook or Zoom.  Email the office for the Zoom link.  The link will be uploaded to this site after the service.

TOWER LIGHTING:

In memory of Anne & Ben Unda by Elizabeth Unda.

 

Allin family and friends!
There is a spirit brewing in the hearts of the faithful of Dedham that I am excited to share with you!  We have been asked to participate and lead a movement of peace we are calling, “Peace US Together …with love.”  The idea grew out of our concerns for the tension and possibilities for violence on and around Election Day.  St. Susanna’s Pax Christi ministry has begun planning peace vigils in the effort to sway folks from their partisan loyalties to a peaceful unity.  The vision is simple:  We vote for our candidate of choice, and then we choose unity and peace over anger, gloating, fear, condescension, and violence.  We do this because we value life and we believe that God’s grace through us can make a difference in the community that is God’s creation.
Peace Vigils will be held 3 evenings in a row:  Nov. 2nd, Nov. 3rd, and Nov. 4th.  And they will be held on the front lawn of Allin Church for the greatest space and visibility.  Already St. Paul’s Epicopal, St. Susanna’s, and First Church and Parish have committed to joining this movement.  I know we can too!  Conversation has just started around this effort so keep an eye out this week for more news and information!
**.IN OTHER NEWS… Your Designated Term Director of Music Search Committee is very excited to announce that Andrew Jonathan Welch has accepted the position and will begin in earnest next week, on November 1st!  Be sure to mark your calendars and join us in welcoming Andrew to our church and organ!
** IN RELATED NEWS… Finally, you will notice this week we have a mish-mosh of music as a part of our worship.  From Jake Ross, to a recording of Janice Girard accompanied by Martin Steinmentz, to myself and a choral major friend, to a VERY special guest organist/musician playing our Postlude, we are blessed with shared gifts and skill of all kinds.  On this “inbetween” Sunday, I am deeply grateful for everyone who offered your gifts to this Sunday’s worship!

 

A note from our Pastor 10/18/20

I’ve been thinking a lot about this town and this country and the stress we’re all under due to politics, COVID, and racial tensions. I’ve been concerned about erupting emotions after the election that is just a couple of weeks away. I’m fearful that anger and frustration which is barely being controlled will find its justification to explode at the announcement of the winner of our presidential election. I’m afraid people will be hurt. I’m more afraid that people will die.

When I bring this fear to God through prayer I ask, what can I do to sooth this angry and participate in peace? A dear friend of mine, a Boston Police Officer, told me that all officers are on call through the week of the election and that they would be running 12 hours shifts. I thought, they are being called in to insure peace on the streets of Boston. Surely there is a way, as faithful Christians, to help.

Every time I pray this prayer – ask these questions – I come out of my prayer humming the song I learned as a child, Make Me an Instrument of your Peace, the lyrics of which are the prayer of St. Francis of Asissi, an Italian Catholic friar, deacon, philosopher, mystic, and preacher of the late 12th century. It feels as if, beloved fellow followers of Christ, we are called now more than any other time in our lifetimes, to be God’s instruments of peace. It seems that, instead of fear and worry, frustration and debate, we can instead implement peace, love, pardon, union, truth, faith, hope, light, and joy. It seems, dear Loves, that our lives and journey of faith have been building to the very moment in history when the world – this nation – this town needs what we have and know and are more than ever before.

Friends, I invite you by your faith to join me over the next weeks in choosing to be not what the world calls us to be – that is, Democrat or Republican – but instead, an instrument of God’s peace.

Pray this prayer with me today, tomorrow, and every morning upon waking as a reminder of how Christ is calling us to be in a world that is broken in a way that only hope and love can heal.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring love.
Where there is offence, let me bring pardon.
Where there is discord, let me bring union.
Where there is error, let me bring truth.
Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.
Where there is despair, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.
Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.
O Master, let me not seek as much
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love,
for it is in giving that one receives,
it is in self-forgetting that one finds,
it is in pardoning that one is pardoned,
it is in dying that one is raised to eternal life.

 

Peace,
Pastor Cheryl

 

Autumn 2020 Update on Allin Kids Activities

As we ring in the usual beginning of the school year in a very unusual way, the Christian Education Committee met September 17 to discuss ideas for engaging with Allin’s kids. For one, we are hoping to put together a cleverly edited video Christmas pageant, which we think will bring joy to all this Holiday season. We are also considering a monthly virtual bible story and craft, complete with small craft kits delivered to anyone who wants to participate (young and old!). We’re also going to work on providing families with some low-key, quiet activities for children to complete during our online worship services, if they like. For our older kids,we are considering virtual or individual scavenger hunts or geocache adventures. These are both great ways to connect with each other and share experiences, even if we are having those experiences in different places or at different times. If you have any interest in offering your time to support these efforts, please email the office at allinchurch@gmail.com.