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“Sometimes I go about pitying myself. And all the while I am being carried
across the sky by beautiful clouds.”                              Ojibway Indian saying

                            

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,  who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created.   James 1: 17-18 

                                                

Welcome to  

The Second Congregational Church

81 Hancock Road • Williamstown, MA 01267 • (413) 458-3467


Rev. David  Hurst



                                                                                                                                                                                 


Music Director /Organist

Matt Alcombright

Words from the Organ Bench.... Approximately 100 people gathered on Sunday, May 19th for the North County Chorale Concert at the First Congregational Church in North Adams. The concert benefited the great work of Habitat for Humanity.  Thirty singers from various churches joined in spring-colored clothes to lift the spirits of those gathered with a fabulous and humorous program.  Many of the songs, some arrangements of well-known hymns, incorporated humor which is a great reminder of the joy brought to us by the joy of music.  The gift of music in worship, whether it be a hymn we know or not, seeks to lift the service with the joy of the Lord.  In every song that is sung there is something to be experienced that should evoke a sense of joy and, yes, a smile.  After many years in this “business” I still am struck by some of the texts and how they give me a sense of purpose, joy and the uplifting smile that I may need on any given day.  The joy and the smile of God is all around us and it is heard and felt in the song we sing. 


                   

 
Greetings and Blessings to all,                                                                                                    
I cannot believe how fast May has gone by and that June is here! Memorial Day! The beginning of summer is coming along so quickly.   I hope this note finds you all well. I hope you all enjoy the season and take time to pray and thank God for our blessings. There are many trials to pray for; the war in the Ukraine, the conflict in Palestine and Israel. The controversy and bitterness of the coming elections. There is a distinct breach between people that is amplified in the media. All kinds of challenges and ways to heighten our tensions and fears. But in James’ time [he was the brother of Jesus and one of the greatest teachers of the early Christian community in Jerusalem] there were equal hardships, challenges and temptations. In anytime there are fears, “wars and rumors of wars,” and very real worries about our families and the family of mankind endure. Yet with all these conflicts and anxiety, let us on this Memorial Day pray for those who have lost loved ones and those estranged from their homelands. Let us pray that our leaders; to come together to offer constructive ways to solve our problems and to serve others in faith and truth. Let us pray for those around us. Let us pray for every one of us who wonder and sometimes fear what will happen next. Let our thoughts and prayers go out to those who are filled with fear of the future. Let them open their hearts to the love of God and rely upon God’s grace to see the long view. James assures that through the love of God, rebirthing us anew, that we become the leaders, the first fruits of discipleship and love! Through our faith in God, let us rely upon Him for guidance and live each day knowing that our God is with us in Spirit and in Truth. Help us to realize our gifts that God has given us and to share them with others. O Lord fill us with the confidence to reach out and befriend those who need our love and affirmation.  Let us bask in this beautiful weather and celebrate our past, present and future with the Holy Spirit within us.


                                                             May God Bless                                                                       David

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WilliNet Channel 1303 Sunday Worship 9am and 4pm. Rerun Wed at 10am and Friday at 7pm.

This Week's Internet site is: 
                 https://reflect-willinet.cablecast.tv/store-3/11666-Second-Congregational-Church-Service-6-9-24-v1/vod.mp4


​**Please scroll down to see the Weekly Bulletin below**

                               — Remember in Prayer —


A Prayer List is part of the weekly Bulletin. Please email the church (wmst2ndcongo@outlook.com) if you would like to make additions or subtractions to keep those on the list in prayer. . . It Works!​​

All of the First Responders  who put their lives in jeopardy to care for all of us. For those working in grocery stores, gas stations, hospitals, nursing homes, health care facilities, food banks… who are working in spite of the danger to themselves. Prayers for anyone who is overwhelmed by this pandemic. Prayers for those who are feeling isolated or afraid. Prayers that God give us the mindfulness to reach out by phone to those who we are not frequently in touch -those on the outer edges of our friendship and family. Prayers for all people as we look to “love our neighbor” as God has commanded.


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​SECOND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
81 Hancock Road, Williamstown, MA
Matt Alcombright, Music Director
Rev. David F. Hurst

June 9, 2024

Third Sunday after Pentecost


MORNING MEDITATION
“With changes in latitudes and changes in attitudes, nothing remains quite the same.With all of my running and all of my cunning, if we couldn't laugh, we'd all go insane!”                        Jimmy Buffet


PRELUDE                                                                        ANNOUNCEMENTS

                  
CALL TO WORSHIP                                                         Deacon Reader
Leader: God is the Creator of the heavens and the earth; and all those who
need our love and awareness.
People: Let everything that breathes, praise God!
Leader: God is the maker of towering mountains and lush valleys.
People: Let everything that breathes, praise God!
Leader: God makes the rain fall and the birds sing!.
People: Let everything that breathes, praise God!
Leader: Jesus came to us as God's messenger, to bless his children and to
guide them in their lives.
People: Let everything that breathes, praise God!


OPENING HYMN        “In Deep Despair I Cry to You”                      #453

INVOCATION                                                                            Deacon Reader
Leader: O awesome and loving God, help us as we grow in this place of love
and understanding.
People: Open our hearts, dear Lord, that we will be filled with your
compassion for those who need our support and our love.

Leader: Create in us a sense of humility and balance that builds our courage to
share our lives with others
People: O awesome and loving God, help us to grow, yet be ourselves. And
to love and care for all those that we meet.


​​PRAYER OF CONFESSION                                  Rev. David F. Hurst
Leader: O heavenly God create in us a sense of fairness, and the courage to
see beyond ourselves. Help us to be willing to admit our wrongs and to make
amends where possible.
People: Forgive us, Lord, when we make mistakes and do the wrong
things. Give us the insight to learn from our mistakes and to grow nearer
to God when we do. When we are angry, when we don’t get our way or
the fear of life passing us by, makes us rueful or bitter, fill us with
gratitude and the joy of being in your wonderful grace:


ASSURANCE OF PARDON
People of God, you have been given the power of the Holy Spirit through the
faithfulness of Jesus Christ. Through Christ, God has forgiven us. Through
God’s grace, you will find hope in your troubles as the love of God is poured
out in your hearts through the Holy Spirit.               [based on Romans 5:15]

People: Halleluia! Thanks be to God


GLORIA PATRI

JOYS AND CONCERNS

PASTORAL PRAYERS AND LORD’S PRAYER


OFFERTORY

DOXOLOGY


SCRIPTURE READINGS


First Lesson                            Psalm 130                                                    p. 538


HYMN OF REFLECTION          “I Need Thee Every Hour"                 #446

Second Lesson                     Mark 3: 20-35                                               p. 869

Sermon                               God's Will.                                    Rev. David Hurst


CLOSING HYMN       “I Look to You in Every Need"                              #93


BENEDICTION           
Leader: May God give you courage to grow with honesty, fairness and the
love of God in your hearts.
People: May all God's children find peace. May we find the ability to heal, to
forgive and to live again in Jesus Christ our Lord.


Bulletins for May are given by Ron and Linda Brown
In memory of Everett & Doris Brown, John and Flora Jones​​

June Calendar


June 2nd            In-house Morning Worship 9am

                                Communion
                                Dorcas Meeting following Worship

​                                Coffee Hour following Worship

                                Take & Eat 

        THANK YOU!!  Tom Kirby and crew

June 9th              In-house Morning Worship 9am                                                          Coffee Hour following Worship
June13th(Th)   Deacon's Meeting 3:30 pm

June 15th(Sa)  Strawberry Takeout 11am-2pm

June 16th          Father's Day

                               In-house Morning Worship 9am

                                Coffee Hour Worship

                             

June 20th(Th) Trustees Meeting 4:15 
June 23rd          In-house Morning Worship 9am

                                Coffee Hour following Worship

June 30th           In-house Morning Worship 9am                                                          Coffee Hour following Worship


Upcoming


Saturday June 15th      Strawberry Takeout 11am-2pm

Saturday June 13th & 20th.     Church Tag Sale

Graduation News

May/June is the season of graduations. We are looking to put together an insert in the bulletin on 6/9 with all who are graduating, from where they are graduating, plans going forward and who is their connection to the church. Send the information to the church at wmst2ndcongo@outlook.com by June 4th to be included in the insert. 


Tag sale.....Once again our church will have a Tag Sale. This event helps with general expenses of our church. And it is one more way to bring the community Into our church.  The Tag Sale will be held on two days Saturday July 13th and July 20th. We will be setting up in the Social Hall. We will be taking in items for the sale similar to the past. We do not want clothes, shoes , or electronics. Any small appliances must be in working order. Please do not bring any items to the church until after our Strawberry Take out , June 15th.  A designated area will be mapped out.  If anyone has trouble getting items to the church, call me at 458-4947. I’ll be glad to help out.           

                                                                                            Thanks, Mickey

Free.....We have seven dividers that were used to separate Sunday School classes that the Trustees have decided are no longer needed, to give away. Each unit is approximately 8 foot long and 4 foot high. Some have casters. They could be used as they were intended to separate a space or perhaps to hide an unsightly mess in your garage or basement but also could have the "Feet" removed and used an emergency picnic table or a table for a quilter to lay out blocks, a game table or something only you need. If you are interested in these dividers, please email the church at wmst2ndcongo@outlook.com prior to June 15th. The two smaller ones are being kept and are not available.

The Trustees posted a sheet with 10 outside areas that needed to be cleaned up this spring. The entire sheet was taken care of and all the raked-up piles have been removed. Thank you to all that participated! Additional letters for the board by the front door were acquired and a storage box was made to keep the letters organized. A Memorial Plate was attached to the Letterboard in memory of Rachel Botto Rhodes. The UCC Insurance agency has added boiler inspections to their requirements. Arrangement have been made to have our church's boilers inspected late May or early June when the inspector travels to Vermont for other churches. The Town inspections for the kitchen and building are still pending. Painting of the parsonage and garage remains in our future, the exact dates being weather related. Having MADOT using a section of the SS room during the roundabout construction appears to be going well for all. We have received the complete first year's payment which should cover the entire shortfall in this year's budget so Missy will not need to draw from the Wells Fargo account to pay bills. The grass grows and is being mowed. Flowers have been planted in the pots and the sidewalk weeds removed.


Mission Committee Report...We will continue to provide nonperishable food for the Williamstown Food Pantry on the First of the Month.  Items can also be dropped off during the week if you forget to bring them to church. Let one of the Mission Committee members know if you need us to take them. Thanks!

Pastor David delivered the Blankets I purchased to Soldier On this week..
The Mission Committee reports $250.00 collecting for the May Blanket Fund this year. Thanking all of our members and friends for contributing to this wonderful service.            Sincerely, Caroline Martel, Chairman



The Youth...Our Appalachia Service Project trip planning continues. This year we'll have 6 or 7 people, including myself, Sophia, Mia, Micah, Nina, and Manny (from St. Patrick's), all returners from the past two years. Last year's new additions, Silas from Community Bible Church and Lillie from Williams, are unable to attend this year, but the possibility remains that we'll find a 7th participant. As it stands, Sophia will be the official second leader for the trip. Although she's younger than the standard age requirement, ASP has already approved her to lead because of her experience and two-time attendance of the annual ASP Youth Leadership Summit. That leaves our last big hurdle as finding a van! The 10-seat CBC van we've taken the past two years seems to be aging out of its capacity for long trips, so we've been looking for a suitable alternative. If you have any leads on a possible vehicle for us to take, I'd love to hear them! Thank you again for your support of our trip.                        

                                                                                       ThanksThomas


The Dorcas will meet this Sunday, June 2nd after Church to finalize the Strawberry Take-Out which is June 15th from 11-2.  We will also have berries to sell as long as they last. Sounds like this will be a good year for berries!!!


Memorial Bulletin Sign-up The sheet for signing up to purchase a month of Memorial Bulletins for 2024 is now posted in the SS Room. Please fill in the information for the month that you select.

The cost is $30/month. 


Last months news:
2024 Take and Eat dates: 1/7, 2/4, 3/3, 5/5, 6/2, 7/7, 8/4, 9/29, 10/6, 11/3, 12/1



​--The Mission Committee--

The monthly nonperishable items are still welcome on Sundays. Items may be placed in the wagon or baskets in the back of the church pews for our committee to bring to the pantry every month.  If you are able, it is always nice to drop items off when you shop for your family and leave them at the pantry on Southworth Street. All our Missions are important but we especially like providing for our local families and helping our neighbors with this food delivery.
Thank you all for being so generous and caring. 
                                                  
There are also more articles about the Hunger, Disaster and Development on the website for your interest. Just go to One Great Hour of Sharing 2023 or Facebook.com/onegreathourofsharingucc.  for more information.



For those that were not able to be at the final service or need additional time to consider their 2023 Giving, you may send in your gifts and pledges to:
Jean Richer 124 S. Hemlock Brook, Williamstown, MA 01267.


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