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Church Closed 11/22

Florence Congregational Church will be temporarily closed on Sunday, November 22, 2020. We apologise for the short notice. If you have any questions, please call or email Rev. Averill. In place of our usual morning worship, an extra “mini-sermon” on the topic of Ezekiel 34 will be published on our website and through email by Sunday morning. God Bless and Stay Safe, Rev. Averill Elizabeth Blackburn

Mini Sermon #29

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 25:31-46 (NRSV)Alternate New Testament Lesson: Ephesians 1:15-23 (NRSV)Old Testament Lesson: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 100 (NRSV) (or, in the King James Version) Referenced Bible Passages: Genesis 1:26 (NRSV) What is the Christ the King Sunday? I always have difficulty with “Christ the King” or “Reign of Christ” Sunday.  First off, it doesn’t happen every year (at least in America), so it’s never really been fixed in my brain as something to look forward to (or at…

Advent & Christmas Services 2020

Advent is the time when Christians anticipate the birth of Christ . This year, Advent begins early, just after Thanksgiving on Sunday, Nov. 29 and going through to Sunday, Dec. 20, the fourth Sunday in Avent. Each Sunday the congregation will light a candle in our sanctuary during worship, bringing us closer and closer the Light of the World entering our lives. Due to Covid Restrictions, however, FCC will not be open for Christmas Eve worship. Instead, we will be…

Mini Sermon #28

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 25:14-20 (NRSV)Alternate New Testament Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 (NRSV)Old Testament Lesson: Judges 4:1-7 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 123 (NRSV) My dad, when I was growing up, had this annoying habit of sing-songing, “if you never use it… you will surely lose it … you’ve got a talent, use it for the Lord!”  He would sing it when I didn’t practice my clarinet.  He would remind me with the song that I had a debate team tournament coming up.  My…

Mini Sermon #27

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 25:1-13 (NRSV)Alternate New Testament Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 78:1-7 (NRSV) (or, in King James Version) Referenced Bible Lesson: Matthew 22:36-40 (NRSV) Once again, with this particular parable, we step into the world of first century Palestine, the world of the historical Jesus.  I want to stress before we begin that this is a scenario that easily could have happened in Jesus’s time in any Galilean (or, indeed, Palestinian) village. Many modern readers think of it…

Remember To Turn Back the Clock

Hello, everyone, and for those of you who celebrate — Happy Halloween! This is a small reminder that our clocks fall back in the early hours of Sunday morning. Meaning: you get an extra hour of sleep before the reopening of Florence Congregational! Have a great evening giving out candy or nutritional snacks to the kids in your life — and we’ll hopefully see you tomorrow!

Mini Sermon #26 (or, the Original Guide to Becoming a Saint)

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 5:1-12 (NRSV)Alternate New Testament Lesson: Revelation 7:9-17 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 34:1-10 (NRSV) (or King James Version) Today we’re rewinding a bit although we remain in the Gospels.  We go back to the beginning of Jesus’s ministry … before the Pharisees attempted to trap him, before hordes of people wanted to just try to touch him in hopes of some of his blessedness falling upon wretched hands, before Jesus even had much of a name (if any) for himself.…

Found: Bible

Found on the premises of 130 Pine Street (and kindly placed in my box): One Bible. The only identification in the Bible is that it once belonged to “Kingdom Hall.” Also contains several family photographs without dates or names written on them, and a shopping list placed in the folds. If this is your Bible and you’ve misplaced it, please reply or contact Rev. Averill. I will announce this in church on Sunday. I’d love to see this Bible and…

Mini Sermon #25

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 22:41-46 (NRSV)Full Sermon Lesson: Matthew 22:34-46 (NRSV)Alternate New Testament Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17 (NRSV) (KJV) Today, as we look at Jesus’s ministry, we look at the question of the Messiah. Now, the term Messiah has become a bit warped in the modern Christian consciousness.  It’s original meaning from Hebrew culture over two thousand years ago has been pinpointed by Christians and early church leaders onto a specific individual, and then has evolved as…

Call to Meeting 11/15

The Florence Congregational Church130 Pine Street, Florence, MA  01062Telephone: (413) 584-1325Fax: (413) 584-0760 The Reverend Averill Elizabeth Blackburn To the members of the Florence Congregational Church of Northampton, Massachusetts, in Florence, City of Northampton, Massachusetts: You are hereby notified of the upcoming Annual Meeting of the Florence Congregational Church on November 15, 2020 following the morning worship service in the Sanctuary. For the following purposes: To Review and vote on the 2021 Annual Budget and the 2021 slate of officers.…