Dear Friends in Christ,
I hope all of you are doing well this week. As we approach October, there are a few things to highlight:
Get Your MCC Liberty Puzzle
As part of our Stewardship campaign, we’re selling MCC Liberty puzzles. A picture of the puzzle is attached. (It comes without the words on it.) Get your heirloom-quality, laser-cut wood MCC Liberty Puzzle in time for Christmas giving! Order by Sept. 25 at https://www.middleburyucc.org/giving-to-mcc/puzzle/
Book & Bake Sale and Book Donations & Volunteer Sign Ups
The Mission Board is hosting another book and bake sale, this year on October 22nd. Through October 9th we’re collecting: soft and hard cover books of all shapes and sizes in good condition. puzzles, CDs, and DVDs. (Please no encyclopedias.) There is a bin outside the church office where donations can be dropped off.
We need volunteers to help with various aspects of the Book and Bake Sale: sign up sheets are up on the bulletin board outside the Social Hall.
Additionally, Katie P made a lovely flyer for the sale, and that’s attached.
Sunday School Registration
Sunday school has started, but registration is still open. Registration can be completed online here: https://middleburycc.breezechms.com/form/SundaySchool
Additionally, some pictures of Sunday school the past couple Sundays are attached!
I watched the funeral for Queen Elizabeth earlier in the week in the hopes that there would be some good church music, and I was blown away by some of the pieces. I found the service overall quite moving because it was really touching for me to hear pieces of the funeral liturgy I’ve said countless times officiating funerals be arranged and sung so beautifully. Whether you’re a queen or an everyday person, the words are the same.
My favorite piece from the funeral was from the committal service, and it was the “Russian Kontakion of the Departed.” You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PswgH-YbeU
This piece is a setting of a prayer I regularly use for committal/graveside services:
“Give rest, O Christ, to thy servant with thy Saints: where sorrow and pain are no more; neither sighing but life everlasting. Thou only art immortal, the Creator and Maker of man: And we are mortal, formed of the earth, and unto earth shall we return: For so thou didst ordain, when thou createdst me, saying, Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. All we go down to the dust; and, weeping o’er the grave we make our song: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Give rest, O Christ, to thy servant with thy Saints: Where sorrow and pain are no more; neither sighing but life everlasting.”
I love the way that prayer manages to convey with so few words the hope of the gospel while acknowledging the heartbreak of loss.