First Congregational Church
1981 Ocean Street - Box 826
Marshfield, Mass. 02050    781-834-7664
Services are Sunday at 9:30am  -  Reverend Susan Nye Thornton, Pastor
Nursery and Sunday School Classes in Parish Hall
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 Sunday 5:00pm, Tuesday 8:00am, Friday 4:30pm, Saturday 6:30pm

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.”

Ephesians 3.21-22

November is a month of Thanksgiving and celebration. On November 27, we all will be celebrating Thanksgiving Day in the traditional ways which are special in our families. Thanksgiving, for many, also signals the beginning of the season of Christmas and so brings with it the expectation and excitement of these special weeks which conclude with the ending of one year and entry into another.

November is also a month during which we, as a church, reflect on our thanksgivings to the Lord for his faithfulness throughout the year and in looking ahead to a new year of both, God’s blessings for us, and our response in giving back some those blessings for God’s use through his church. November 19 will be Stewardship Sunday when we will celebrate these blessings and dedicate our promises of giving to the Lord for the 2015 year.

Our stewardship theme for the upcoming year is “Glorifying God with Our Giving”, taking inspiration from Paul’s words quoted above. As people, together, forming a church, because of our Lord’s presence in us through his Holy Spirit, our purpose is to glory the Lord Jesus as we experience and allow his mighty power to work in and through us. In a very real way, we are to be the physical presence of Christ to each other and to the wider community beyond.

For this year’s theme, “Glorifying God with Our Giving”, the Stewardship Committee thanks our dear sister in Christ and ex-officio member of the Committee, Donna McCue, who was moved by the commentary of the noted Bible Scholar and Pastor, Warren Wiersbe, on the Ephesians passage quoted above:

The Spirit of God was given to glorify the Son of God. The church on earth is here to glorify the Son of God. If our motive is to glorify God by building his church, then God will share his power with us. The power of the Spirit is not a luxury; it is a necessity.”

How we give and in what attitude reveal much about whether we believe this. We cannot be ‘church’ without the enlivening Spirit of Christ – it is his Spirit which transforms a random group of unrelated people into a cohesive, empowered, living presence of Christ. And, if we believe this, we will make room in our hearts for Christ’s Spirit. When the Holy Spirit is beating along with our hearts, we will be strong together and we will not be fearful or worried about anything because the Lord’s Spirit will bring assurance will be visible to others and bring glory to our Lord Jesus because it will be apparent to them that such strength does not come from us or our circumstances – it is the gift of the Lord to those who believe in and follow him.

Soon, you will receive a mailing with a ‘promise of giving’ card. Please take the next few weeks to reflect on Christ’s blessings to you and how he calls you to follow him in the coming year. Prayerfully, seek the Spirit’s guidance and encouragement as you make your giving promise, not in your own strength, alone, but knowing that our Lord has, and will, provide all that you need.

In our Savior’s love,

Pastor Susan

COVENANT:  We covenant one with another to seek and respond to the word and the will of God. We purpose to walk together in the ways of the Lord, made known and to be made known to us. We hold it to be the mission of the church to witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ in all the world, while worshiping God, and striving for truth, justice and peace. As did those who came before, we depend on the Holy Spirit to lead and empower us. We pray for the coming of the kingdom of God, and we look with faith toward the triumph of righteousness and eternal life. 

Vision Statement

Seeking God's word and will by sharing Christ's love through worship, fellowship and mission in the Congregational Way.