Sunday, December 17-Third Sunday in Advent
Pilgrim Congregational Church
15 Common St, Southborough, MA 01772

Consoling, Understanding, Loving

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been looking at the Prayer of St. Francis and thinking about it not only as good fodder for passage meditation, but also as a way to orient our hearts and minds for the day ahead. We started by looking at instruments of peace, then we saw Francis’s prayerful definition of the Kingdom of Heaven. Today, we…

Why Meditate

Every Wednesday night in the Sanctuary, something changes. At 7 pm, a small group gathers to sit. Peter Martin who leads the service welcomes folks, reads scripture, and offers a brief spoken reflection. That lead in is to differentiate what happens next. We sit. That’s it. For twenty minutes we just sit. Why? Because when you find the power of stillness, that’s…

The Bold New Vision

Last week, we began looking at the Prayer of St. Francis by thinking about what it means to be “an instrument of [God’s] peace.” Today, we look at the next section of the prayer where St. Francis lays out a bold new vision for Heaven on Earth and for the pilgrim’s place in that new vision. Where there is hatred, let me…

Why Las Vegas Happens

Las Vegas. Another tragedy. This is wrong. This is scary. What is this? This is a world where people of all races, nationalities, and backgrounds feel alone. We feel disenfranchised from our governments. We feel helpless confronting the daily problems of our lives. We too often don’t know what to do. We don’t know exactly why Stephen did what he did. I…

Help St. Maarten–Kim and Matt’s Irma Story

Last year when we decided to move to the Caribbean, we could have never imagined our journey would end the way it did. During our 10 months living in St. Maarten, not only did we fall in love with the beauty of the island, we fell in love with the friendliness and kindness of the locals and all of the other expats…

Instruments of Peace

Passage meditation will require you to choose a text that you can dig into for 20–30 minutes at a time, but it also must be memorable. As I mentioned, I chose the Prayer of St. Francis because it is poetic and easy-to-memorize while also supplying me with plenty to reflect on. As I go throughout my week, I often find words and phrases…

Why Sunday School is for Grown-Ups

I know all the reasons why you don’t want to teach Sunday School.  I’ve seen the horror strike your face when you see an enthusiastic Christian Ed member with a clipboard marching toward you on Rally Sunday.  I do understand the yearning to collapse into the simplicity of our elegant sanctuary and allow the music and words to wash over your soul,…

Do You Know God Is With You?

In the middle of the storm, if you know God is with you, you feel different than most of the people around you. The feeling is not an absence of fear. Fear pops up. It is not that doubt stops rearing its head. Doubt is there to remind you what matters. Sadness is an eternal experience, created to force us into rebuilding…

Spiritual Practice: Passage Meditation

In last week’s post I urged you to sit still and just be aware of what’s going on around you for 10–15 minutes. This sort of awareness will continue to be the bedrock of the sorts of practices that we’ll be exploring each week. Today, however, I’m going to ask you to bring your attention to something quite specific: a meaningful spiritual text.…

Fishing for Faith

The church is getting fishy!  We’ve been decorating with colorful guppies and Angelfish, nets and rods, leafy plants and the soothing water of an old fashioned fishing’ ol on a summer afternoon.  Fishing for Faith is our theme for our Christian Education program this year, and we have all kinds of exciting updates for you about what we’re teaching and how we’re…