Saturday January 5, 2013

GUILFORD -- Gold, frankincense and myrrh were the gifts given to the Christ Child at the first Epiphany in Bethlehem. These same gifts will be lifted up by Pastor Lise Sparrow on Sunday, Jan. 6, at the 10 a.m. service at Guilford Community Church as symbols of the legacies wise elders of today are encouraged to leave the next generation.

Westen Arnold Fitzpatrick will be baptized at the onset of the worship service. This moment of blessing will provide the centerpiece for music and reflections throughout the service on who we are called to be and how we are to make choices in the years ahead.

In the aftermath of the Newtown tragedy and grief it is all the more important to look to the new year as a time to put our children first in our hearts, minds and how we use our resources. Dr. Tony Barrand will lead the Guilford Choir in two anthems, "The Closing Year" and "Over the Hill and over the Dale," a folk piece telling the story of the wisemen’s journey. After the service there will be a potluck lunch to allow church committees to organize for the new year.

Everyone is welcome. Guilford Community Church is an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ and is fully handicapped accessible and will provide an ASL interpreter. It is located one mile south of exit 1 on Route 5 just in back of the Guilford Country Store. For more information call 802-257-2776 or check the website at www.guilfordchurch.org.