Service Sunday!

We tried a new experiment on May 15th, spending our Sunday morning in service together. Thanks to everyone who helped us:

  • Build 4 cedar planters for the new West Concord Habitat House
  • Assemble 15 kitchen starter kits and collect 20 bags and boxes of other kitchen supplies and linens for Household Goods (!!!)
  • Garden at the Minuteman Arc Pine Street House, adding flowers to beds and window boxes, refilling the bird feeders, repainting a mailbox, and cleaning the porch furniture;
  • Write over 30 notes of care and send advocacy letters to protect those who have been evicted
  • Plant seeds for pollinators and paint kindness rocks
  • Share our stories of service at WCUC and beyond!

Shepherds & Tabitha

  • May 10, 2022

We celebrated Shepherd Sunday with a lovely anthem from our Senior Choir and a sermon on one of our biblical shepherds, Tabitha.

Walking Prayer at Walden

  • May 3, 2022

Spring is finally here and the walking prayer group is enjoying Walden Pond once again. We meet on Monday mornings @ 9:30am for sharing and a blessing, followed by a walking meditation. Newcomers are always welcome! Email: joycedegreeff@gmail.com for more details.

This week’s blessing:

Present Moment

All is quiet on the [path] this early [May] morning.

Forsythia cry out their colors while the mist still enfolds them. 

The [pond] has nary a ripple and the trees stand silently. 

Only bird songs break the bonds of the tranquil breath of dawn. 

Inside of me it is quiet.
No forsythia are blooming there, but I feel the aura of stillness and the beauty of calm waters. 

It has been so long since silence rested her wings in my heart.
The earth has gathered me in her arms, rocking all my weariness to sleep. 

Months of running and stumbling are lain down beside the wooded path; 

I lift only beauty of the present moment, and when I place it in my heart
all my life looks differently to me. 

— Joyce Rupp,  Star in my Heart

Youth Sunday 2022

Listen to Joyce’s sermon and see a slideshow of a year of Youth events!

Taking Care of God’s Creation

  • April 27, 2022

In honor of Earth Day, the WCUC youth set out to learn, explore, and volunteer at Mass Audubon’s Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Belmont, MA. While there we spent some time with other volunteers on various projects including removing invasive species in the woods and along the trails, and cleaning up a community garden. We also enjoyed a photo exhibit in the art gallery and a rejuvenating walk around a pond filled with wildlife sightings, birds singing, and a glorious sun-filled spring breeze. For anyone interested in nature, we highly recommend checking this place out! https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/habitat

Palm Sunday Highlights 2022

  • April 21, 2022

It was a busy and dynamic day of celebration at WCUC, inside and outside!

Exploring Holy Week in Sunday School

  • April 21, 2022

On Palm Sunday, our children experienced Jesus’ final week through a variety of multisensory stations and activities. Check out the pictures of our journey!

Station #2: Cleansing the Temple – Using shaving cream, the children wrote or draw ideas of what needs cleaning up in our world or things they might be sorry for. Then they smoothed it away and were able to start over.
Station #3: Jesus’ Last Supper – Here, our children heard the story of Jesus’ final meal with his disciples and then enjoyed a small meal together with bread and juice
We also explored a variety of artistic interpretations of Jesus’ Last Supper. Which one is your favorite?
Station #4: The Garden of Gethsemane – Praying and meditating quietly with rocks in our garden
Station #5: Good Friday – Here, our children completed our Holy Week journey by dyeing eggs with natural food dyes: cabbage, tea, onion, beet, and turmeric. We buried them in color, just as Jesus was buried on Friday, and then had to be patient while we wait for the surprise. We will open our dye jars after Easter to discover what they look like inside!

Maundy Thursday 2022

We offered prayer stations in the sanctuary for all ages and abilities to explore and engage with as they felt moved. Here are some photos from the night.

Easter Video Highlights 2022

It was a joy to be back in the sanctuary for Easter (while still accessible online!) for the first time since 2019. Thanks to all who made it possible! Here are some video highlights…