BRATTLEBORO -- Worship at First United Methodist Church on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m. will be based on scripture from James 3:1-12 read by Leslie Kramsky. Pastor Cheryl Meachen’s sermon, "Taming the Tongue," will consider that while a tongue can both start a war and promote peace, spread hate and proclaim love, it is part of God’s creation and having free will, and that all have the capacity to control it and use it for good.
The church’s liturgical dancers will billow, using long bands of cloth, to the song "My Chains Are Gone" (Amazing Grace) and the choir, directed by Jenny Hinton, will return to sing for the first time this season.
Following worship, National Back to Church Day will be celebrated with a free Block Party Barbecue at noon. There will be hamburgers and hot dogs, as well as homemade snacks, sides, salads and desserts. All are welcome.
From 3 to 6 p.m., youth, ages 11-16, are welcome to join the Junior Interfaith Youth Group for pizza, s’mores, fun, and some weeding and harvesting in the Helping Hands Community Garden. They will also participate in an interactive discussion on faith and politics with the Rev. Susie Webster-Toleno of the Congregational Church of Westminster West and Tristan Toleno, Vermont State Representative-elect.
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The church is located next to Renew Salvage at 18 Town Crier Drive off Putney Road, across from the Shell station and is handicap-accessible.