Brattleboro: "For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work: I shall be anointed with fresh oil," (from Psalm 92). The anointing with oil is a concept that's found throughout the Bible, and Mary Baker Eddy explains the spiritual sense of "oil" as "Consecration; charity; gentleness; prayer; heavenly inspiration." This week, the First Church of Christ, Scientist, weill take a deeper look at what it means to be anointed with fresh oil. Sunday worship is at 10:45 a.m. at 57 Putney Road. Excerpts from each week's sermon are on display 24/7 in the window of the Christian Science Reading Room at 10 Elliot St. Or drop by the Reading Room Tuesday through Saturday; call 802-254-4924 for hours.
'Passage to Cosmos'
West Brattleboro: All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church at the West Village Meeting House invites all to worship on Sunday at 10 a.m. The service theme is "A Deeper Reflection on Alexander von Humboldt." After having shared the reading of Laura Dassow Walls' book, "The Passage to Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and the Shaping of America," a number of All Souls members present a multimedia service that looks more closely at von Humboldt's life.
Called by name
Brattleboro: Reverend Bert W. Marshall will lead the Sunday worship at 10 am. His sermon is entitled, "Called By Name." The scripture references are Isaiah 43:1-7 and Luke 3:15-17, 21-22. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. and child care is provided throughout the service. The Adult Class will meet from 9 to 9:50 a.m. in the church library, now reading "Rumi: The Life and Work of the Great Sufi Poet by Annemarie Schimmel." Ongoing church activities include the Prayer Shawl Ministry at 4:30 p.m. on Mondays, the Quilting Ministry at 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the home of Gisela Robeck, and Women's Spirit at 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Church Office Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For information, call 802-254-4730 or visit www.centrechurchvt.org.
The Holy Spirit
Dummerston: Worship at the Dummerston Congregational Church UCC begins at 10 a.m. for January through March. The scripture this week is Luke 23: 15-17, 21-22 and Acts 8: 14-17. The Sermon is "Receive the Holy Spirit." It focuses on the baptism of Jesu, and what baptism means for us. Music leadership will be provided by Mary Westbrook-Geha, organist. The Children's Story is about the call of Samuel, the boy who became a prophet, From I Samuel 1-3. Children begin in worship and then go to an open classroom, led by Billie Slade, Church School Director. Because the church is on a mountain, worship is cancelled when driving is treacherous. Please use good judgment about your own circumstances. If worship is cancelled for the morning, all events for that day are cancelled. You may check for cancellations on WTSA 96.7 FM or 1450 AM or WKVT 92.7FM local radio; call the church office, or be sure you are on our cancellation call list. Dummerston Congregational Church,1535 Middle Road, is an Open and Affirming Congregation and Green Justice Church of the United Church of Christ. For more information, call 257-0544, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.dummerstonchurch.org.
Brattleboro: The gospel this Sunday is about Jesus being baptized in the River Jordan. A voice speaks from heaven, and the Spirit descends like a dove. This story is also about us: we too have been baptized, we have heard God's loving call, and we have received the Holy Spirit. What is God's voice like? Psalm 29 says that God's voice can break the cedars and strip the trees bare, but also give a blessing of peace. The service begins at 10:30 a.m. and is followed by a coffee hour. Please join us. Trinity is located at 161 Western Ave., and is an Open and Affirming congregation. For more information, visit trinitybrattleboro.org or call 802-254-4220.
Newfane: The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for Morning Worship at 10 a.m. on Jan. 10, the First Sunday after Epiphany. Guest preacher Rev. Chris Petrak's sermon is titled "Swan Song," with scriptures from Paslms 23 and 121. Congregational hymns are "When Peace Like a River," "I Lift My Eyes to the Quiet Hills," and "The Lord's My Shepherd." Alice Gausch, organist will play the prelude "Carols of the Bells," by Ritter and the postlude "I Heard the Bells," also by Ritter. The choir will sing the offertory anthem "The Shepherd Psalm," by Carter. The church's missions for the month of January are Andover Newton Theological and the BTS Center, continuing to collect donations of canned goods and non-perishable food for the Townshend Food Shelf. Events for the upcoming week include Al-Anon on Monday at 7:30 p.m., and Sew What's at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Trustees and Missions meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, followed by Council at 7:30. Senior Lunch will be served at noon on Thursday, and Bells and Choir practice begin at 4:45 p.m. and 6 p.m. respectively on Thursday evening. Call 802-365-4079 or visit www.newfanechurch.org for more information. Everyone is welcome.
Brattleboro: Worship on Sunday, Jan. 10, at 10 a.m., at First United Methodist Church will celebrate Epiphany and will feature scripture from Matthew 2:1-12, read by Leslie Kramsky, telling the story of the magi led by a star to where the Christ child was. Rev. Cheryl Meachen's sermon, titled "Another Way," will explore the egregious acts of Herod in the killing of the innocents contrasted with the peace brought by the Messiah and the ways in which that informs the church of today and the way its members behave toward one another. The Children's Message is "Jesus, the One and Only," based on Luke 3:22b and will explore the unique son-ship of Jesus Christ. The choir will sing and Kevin Mills will play the organ. The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive off Putney Road and is handicap-accessible. For more information, email email@example.com, call 802-254-4218 or visit fumcob.wordpress.com. All are welcome
Saxtons River: This Sunday, Christ's Church will be celebrating Communion. Rev. Ivy Merrill will be leading in worship. The service begins at 10 a.m. and is followed by a time for conversation and coffee. The Church's annual meeting will be held Sunday, Jan. 24 following the regular service of worship. The Women's Fellowship will be having its first meeting of the 2016 year on Jan. 14 in the Church Fellowship Room. All are invited to bring a sandwich at noon; dessert and drink will be provided. Christ's Church is handicapped accessible and all are welcome. For more information, call 802-869-2340.
Jamaica: The Jamaica Community Church welcomes all visitors to join us as the congregation gathers on Sunday, Jan. 10, at 10 a.m. when The Rev. Norma Drosky will preach on "My Precious," based on Isaiah 43:1-and Luke 3:15-17, 21-22. The prophets Isaiah and John the Baptist both offer words of warning and words of promise that God love us. God loves us so much that God came to earth to teach us of that love and then, even calls us precious in the bargain. The Jamaica Community Church is located "In the Heart of Jamaica" at 7 Depot St. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, leave a message at 802-874-7019 or find Jamaica Community Church Jamaica VT on Facebook.
Star of Bethlehem
Bellows Falls: Sunday's Service at First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls will focus on "Where is that star of Bethlehem leading you?" When we follow that star we are led to a life that is lived to its fullest. We must be aware that this star burns brilliantly and is always with us. Its light does not grow dim in the clouds of the storm. Its light is eternal and endures all things. We have just passed by Three Kings Day or Epiphany and now this week the scripture jumps to the baptism of our Lord by John the Baptist. This is a big jump from Jesus' birth to the very beginning of His ministry. In some ways it might remind us of how quickly things fly by, or of how our own lives seem to move rapidly from one thing to another. This Sunday we will explore the Jesus that came to live among us. The title of the sermon is "Finding Our Star." First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls welcomes all to join for worship, music and community. Sunday School begins at 9:40 and the Sunday Service begins at 10. Child care is provided following the children's time. All are welcome. Pastor's office hours will be held this Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. followed by Bible Study from 3 to 4 p.m. where we will continue a look at the Gospel of Mark. For more information, contact Pastors Steven and Terri at 802-463-3220. First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls is located at 9 Church Street. American Baptists serve others as "the hands and feet of Jesus."
Knowing and living
Townshend: The Townshend Church will hold services on Sunday, Jan. 10, at 10 a.m. Pastor Donald Hashem will provide the sermon titled "There's a Difference Between Knowing It and Living It." The text is from Matthew 6:9-13. Carmen Hashem will be playing the piano. Fellowship hour immediately follows the service. All are welcome. The Townshend Church is an ABC and UCC congregation guided by its lay members.
Brattleboro: The worship service on Jan. 10 at First Congregational Church, 880 Western Avenue, an Open and Affirming congregationl of the United Christ of Christ focuses on the Baptism of Christ. Interim Pastor Jeremy Kirk's sermon, "One Who is More Powerful Than I is Coming," is based on Luke 3:15-17, 21-22. Organist Bill McKim's prelude is "How Beautiful Shines the Morning Star," offertory is "I Wonder as I Wander," and Postlude variants on "St Columba" by Schultz-Widmar. Congregational hymns are "Awake My Soul, Stretch Every Nerve," "I Would be True, " and "Love Came Down at Christmas." The church offers child care and the service is followed by a fellowship hour. For those with disabilities, there is a ramp leading to the sanctuary level as well as large print bulletins and hymns. There is an ongoing collection of food for the local food shelf. Church office hours are Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to noon and Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Telephone is 802-254-9767