We welcome you to the life and ministry of the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church. For almost 300 years people have found a delightful and inspiring spiritual home with us. Today’s ministry continues to reach out in every way possible to serve God by serving others and one another.
Summer Schedule has begun and will run through Labor Day:
8:15 a.m. Outdoor worship on the Church House lawn
9:30 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary. (Children age 3 through 2nd grade are dismissed after Children’s Message, for Church School)
Rev. David Johnson Rowe and Rev. Alida Ward serve as our pastors. They provide a strong commitment to preaching, teaching, pastoral care and mission. Our staff combines years of experience with a variety of gifts, all offered to the glory of God and the strengthening of our church. Together, we aim to have a church that clearly represents the love of God and the presence of Christ every day.
Note: click here for information on scheduling baptisms and weddings, or click here if you want to learn more about us ! For membership at the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, please contact Rev. Alida Ward directly.)
9/11, Charlottesville, and Barcelona
In Memory of Heather Heyer
A Pastoral Letter
Anyone with an ounce of Christian spirit is heartbroken by the events in Charlottesville, the murder of Heather Heyer, and the tenor of national discourse at the highest level.
The good people of Charlottesville have gotten to hope faster than us, but we’ll get there together. But let us first say that the public display of Nazi and KKK hate, the rationalization and defense and equivocation on their behalf, are a poison in our nation. Reports suggest the Barcelona ISIS terrorists were immersed in Nazi anti-Semitism. It is too late to nip it in the bud, but we must wake up to what it is. Social media has made it easier for hate groups to spread but also easier to be known. We cannot claim ignorance.
Good people trying to be fair often say “on the other hand” or “there’s two sides to every story”. But good folks also reject “moral equivalency” when things aren’t equivalent. So it’s hard to hear defense of Nazi/KKK actions. What they stand for and believe is contrary to Christ in every way and to the America we treasure.
Once upon a time those who stood against the Nazis on D-Day and The Battle of the Bulge were revered as “The Greatest Generation”. Today, whether it is against new Nazis/KKK or ISIS, we need to be at our greatest. We must stand against terror whatever its name or locale.
The final straw for us was the plan for the “alt-right” to hold their next rally on 9/11.
Stop and ponder that: 9/11, Nazis and KKK.
Well… WE’RE GOING TO RALLY ON 9/11. At 7pm we’ll have a beautiful service in the Sanctuary. Then we’ll have a conversation in the parlor asking how we can take seriously the CHRISTLIKENESS we hold dear.
Last week was our Vacation Bible School, 150 kids and youth learning about “superheroes” of the Bible. Remember Superman’s purpose? TRUTH, JUSTICE, and the AMERICAN WAY.
How hard are we willing to work for those three qualities?
We hope you’ll join us on 9/11 as a witness to what is best in us. For further perspective, see David’s August 13th sermon “We Would See Jesus”.
In Christ’s Peace,
David and Alida
ALSO: Community Interfaith Service: Rejecting Racism and Anti-Semitism, Wednesday, August 23rd at 7pm at the Temple Beth El at 1200 Fairfield Woods Road, Ffld.
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