Union Church

Peace and presence by the sea…

Union Church is an interdenominational Christian church that welcomes those who wish to journey with us as we seek to receive and follow God’s sacred spirit and the ethical teachings of Jesus Christ. We are an evolving community of faith that seeks to reflect the love and compassion of God through our conduct. We follow the teaching of Jesus to love God, neighbor, and self. We have reverence for Earth and all living creatures. We are a worshiping community that gathers to give thanks and to celebrate the Holy Presence of God in all things. We welcome all visitors.

Worship Service is at 9:30am June through September, 10:00am October through May.


From your Pastor…

Copyright:(c) 2018 Peter Dutton dutton@alumni.princeton.edu

From the Pastor…

It truly has been a lovely summer at Union Church.  We welcomed many of our summer residents back to church as well as special guests and family of those in our community.  It is so nice to reconnect with familiar faces from summers past.  In June, we held our semi-annual meeting and the various committees shared the great work they have accomplished over the recent months.  In July and August the eagerly awaited Summer Speaker Series returned as we enjoyed visits by the authors who grace us with the presence.  Each one shared interesting stories and thoughtful remarks about their writing and they engaged those in attendance with readings from their respective works.  It was a successful series and we remain grateful to the many from our church who share their time and talents generously to brings us these writers.  On August 25th, we heard from Jo Dupree, a Board Member at Education For All Children, which is a recipient of funds from the Mission Committee supported by the Speaker Series.  It was wonderful to hear her personal experience of this program and how much it makes a difference in the lives of the students in Kenya who benefit.  They are just one of the many wonderful programs that our Mission helps support.

In mid-August, our talented Music Director, Michelle Currie, along with the wonderful musicians from our community, including Choir Director, Patricia Mulholland and members of our Church Choir, musician and singer Jen Comeau, and frequent guest musician Neal Zweig shared their wonderful music on Music Sunday.  We dedicated this to the memory of Laura McKenney who died in the fall of 2018.  Several members of her family were in attendance as we shared her love and appreciation of music.  It was a wonderful day of Worship and Music.  Following the Service, we enjoyed time together at the annual Church Picnic.

As we look ahead to the coming of fall, I hope that all may continue to enjoy the beautiful days of September, which many agree, are among the loveliest here in Maine.  May you continue to take time to pause, enjoy the beauty of the moments, rest, pray, and be open to the new gifts of each day.  “Autumn tiptoes in on Summer’s heels and taps her on her shoulder. ‘Boo’ she whispers and all at once the earth is laughing in a thousand shades of calico and shimmering in hoarfrost.”
—m.k. moulton

“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date,” said William Shakespeare in his famous Sonnet 18 (“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”).

As short as summer’s lease is, the change of seasons gives us the opportunity to reflect on the special moments of the season.

In my reading, I found this prayer by Bob Hostetler…

 A Prayer of Thanks

Thank you, God, for the pleasures of summer,
the bright sunny days and perfect moonlit evenings,
the smells of mowed grass and air thick with rain.
Thank you for days at the lake
and evenings chasing fireflies,
for vacations and festivals,
picnics and cookouts,
baseball and concerts and swimsuits and popsicles.
Thank you for the fireworks of thunderstorms,
for watermelon sweetness,
for summer’s pace and summer’s grace,
for all your beauty and power, faithfulness and fecundity
displayed in summer,

Amen.

As we look back with gratitude, we look ahead with expectation for what the days will bring.  May you be happy, may you be well, may you be safe, may you be peaceful…(Loving Kindness Meditation)

Blessings,
Paula


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