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To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, First Congregational Church will not be gathering for Sunday worship for the time being. Please check back for news about when we will be returning to a regular worship schedule. In the meantime, please click the blue button above for this week's edition of our virtual worship service, "Worship Where You Are." And please feel free to subscribe to our weekly e-newsletter for ideas about how to nourish your spirit and build community in the weeks ahead. Peace be with you!

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Dreaming with the New Moon

with Rev. Yael

Thursday, October 16 @ 7:00pm

The new moon is a beautiful time to bring our lives back into alignment with the sacred rhythms of the earth and with the deep longings of our souls. Join us for an hour of guided meditation, journaling, and collage as we plant seeds of intention at the fertile rising of the new moon. *Please bring: journal (or paper) and pen; at least one magazine you are willing to cut up; scissors and glue stick; cardstock or other support for collage.

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Our members are an extended family joining together in worship, education, social action, and cultural activities.

Prayer in a time of wildfires…

Our God and God of all Creation, we pray your blessings of respite and healing upon all those touched by the fires that are ravaging our beloved western lands.

We call in your abiding Presence and your help, O God, as we offer our own gifts to calm those who are frightened, to sustain those who are displaced, and to comfort those who are grieving.

Help us to support and sustain all those who are bravely risking their own lives to fight fires and save communities. We pray that your healing rains will arrive to bring relief and comfort to the earth and to our communities.

Help us to offer our gifts to restore and repair Your sacred wilderness, and to support the wild creatures who will survive these fires.
 

May our prayers offer solace, may the wisdom of our ancestors bring us hope, and may Your Holy Spirit bring whispers of encouragement.
 

O God, grant us the wisdom and humility to recognize our own role in this and so many other devastating fires, storms, and droughts. Grant us, we pray, the collective will and wisdom to change our ways in time.

This day and always, may we find solace and sanctuary in one another’s embrace, and in Yours.

Amen.

Camp Adams

Along with many of you, I am thinking about the fact that in a normal (non-pandemic) year, our congregation would have been at our beloved Camp Adams this past Labor Day weekend. As you may know, Camp Adams is in the path of the fire. The Becker family has been safely evacuated, and our prayers are with Natalie, Bob, and Ruby. Please join all of us in the Central Pacific Conference as we pray for the well being of Camp Adams, and of the sacred lands that are stewarded by our camp ministries.

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Salem, Oregon 97301

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