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May 9, 2021

THE FIRST CHURCH OF DEERFIELD
“The Brick Church”  / “The Brickless Church”Good morning (or afternoon, or evening) and welcome to worship. The Brick Church Meeting House remains closed due to coronavirus response measures, and so we invite you to worship with us here — in the Brickless Church.Whoever you are, wherever you may be (figuratively or literally), you are welcome here.





ORDER OF WORSHIP
Sunday, May 9, 2021

6th Sunday of Eastertide
PRELUDE
Voluntary in G major   William Boyce
Dr. Thomas Pousont, organ

 

CALL TO WORSHIP
May 9, 2021
Rev. Liza B. Knapp

 

HYMN
Come and Find the Quiet Centre
Thomas Pousont, vocalist

 

PAUSE FOR CONTEMPLATION

rest here in openness,
for a moment, or more

SERMON
Reclaiming Mother’s Day
Rev. Knapp
CONFESSION AND AFFIRMATION
(from “Creating Peace,” a Statement of Conscience passed by the General Assembly of the UUA in 2010)

 

Our faith calls us to create peace,
yet we confess that we have not done all we could
to prevent the spread of armed conflict throughout the world.

At times we have lacked the courage
to speak and act against violence and injustice;

at times we have lacked the creativity
to speak and act in constructive ways;

at times we have condemned the violence of others
without acknowledging our own complicity in violence;

too often we have allowed our disagreements
to distract us from all that we can do together.

We affirm a responsibility to speak truth to power,
especially when unjust power is exercised by our own nation.

In reverence for all life, we covenant to practice peace
at all levels of human interaction.

Amen. Shalom. Blessed Be.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
May 9, 2021
shared by Mary Dancer

 

ANTHEM
The 23rd Psalm     Bobby McFerrin
The Deerfield Academy Chorus, directed by Thomas Pousont

 

OFFERING

“If anyone has the world’s goods and sees their sibling in need, yet closes their hand, how does God’s love abide in them? Little children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and in truth.”
1st Letter of John 3:17-18

(To make a donation to the First Church of Deerfield, or to donate to our Community Meal, see Announcements below.)

DEDICATION

May these gifts
be a sign of our gratitude,
that you are steadfast in your love;
and a sign of our intent,
to be more steadfast in ours.
Amen.

Smith College Greenhouse, 2018 


ANNOUNCEMENTS



BIG NEWS
!!!SAVE THE DATE!!!

PENTECOST, IN-PERSON
Outdoors at PVMA
Sunday. May 23rd
(weather permitting)

Friends, it has been over a year since we gathered in person for worship. Now, thanks to the dual blessings of warm weather and effective vaccines, we are ready at last for a reunion of our beloved community! Join us for a safely distanced, in-person, outdoor worship service, May 23rd at 10 am. (Note: a digital worship service will also be available as usual, for those unable to attend — and in case of rain!) Stay tuned for more details….

Questions? Concerns? Contact Liza or Mary D.



From the Mission Committee

This month’s non-perishable food collection will be held next  Tuesday, May 11, at the church from 1 – 1:30.  Bette Schmitt will be there to receive your donation!

Thank you!

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Thank you, First Church, for your extremely generous response to our call for donations to cover this month’s Community Meal. We are no longer in need of funds and due to your generosity, we now have surplus funds, that will be held for a future good cause(s).



BE A PART OF OUR MINISTRY

If you have found spiritual sustenance at the Brick Church (or the Brickless Church!), and you would like to be part of our ministry and mission, we hope you will consider making a donation or pledge in support to the First Church of Deerfield.

MAKE A PLEDGE
or
GIVE NOW

or send check to: The First Church of Deerfield, P.O. Box 276, 71 Old Main Street, Deerfield, MA 01342)



The First Church of Deerfield
an inclusive, inquisitive congregation of
the United Church of Christ
and the Unitarian Universalist Association

Rev. Liza B. Knapp, Pastor
deerfieldpastor@gmail.com
office@firstchurchofdeerfield.org.
Dr. Thomas Pousont, Director of Music Ministry
Tom Mershon, Sexton
Pat Auchard, Office Administrator
Ann Hallstein, Pastor Emerita

If you wish to make a donation in support of our ministry,
text “GIVE” to (413) 307-3730 or click below:
https://fcd.breezechms.com/give/online.

May 2, 2021



ORDER OF WORSHIP
Sunday, May 2, 2021 / 5th Sunday of Eastertide

Street art by Banksy
CALL TO WORSHIP
for May 21, 2021
Whoever we are,
wherever we may be,
we worship this morning
on sacred ground.
For there is no place so large God’s love cannot fill it,
no place is so small God’s love cannot find it,
no place so lofty God’s love cannot reach it,
no place so lowly God’s love will not abide in it.
Let us welcome God’s love,
with our own.

amen.

INTROIT & HYMN
 #646  Siyahamba
vocals by Tom Pousont

 

PAUSE FOR CONTEMPLATION
rest here in openness, for a moment, or more
READING
from the Christian scriptures
The 1st Letter of John 4:7-21

read by David, Jean, Bruce, Mary, Alain, and Ben
REFLECTION
God is Love is God is Love…
Rev. Knapp
AFFIRMATION
Each week of Eastertide, our worship includes an affirmation from a different part of our spiritual traditions. These words, from the contemporary Unitarian Universalist tradition, are an affirmation, not of common theology, but of common purpose. 
We affirm that love is our greatest purpose.
Accepting one another is the truest form of faithful living.
The search for truth is our constant star.
We pledge our hearts, minds, and hands:
To challenge injustice with courage;
To find hope in times of fear;
And to live out our values every day
as a beloved community.
Thus do we covenant with each other
and with all that is sacred in life.
ANTHEM
Shumayela
Deerfield Academy Chorus
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
May 2, 2021
shared by Mary Dancer
OFFERING“If anyone has the world’s goods and sees their sibling in need, yet closes their hand, how does God’s love abide in them? Little children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and in truth.”
1st Letter of John 3:17-18
(To make a donation to the First Church of Deerfield, or to donate to our Community Meal, see Announcements below.)

ANTHEM
Ke Laolwa
(“I am led by the Spirit”)
Deerfield Academy Chorus

 

DEDICATION

May these gifts
be a sign of our gratitude,
that you are steadfast in your love;
and a sign of our intent,
to be more steadfast in ours.
Amen.

 

BLESSING

May love bless us and keep us;
may love shine upon us and be gracious unto us;
may love abide in us,
and we in love,
this day and evermore,
amen

RECESSIONAL HYMN
 #497   Send Me, Lord  Thuma Mina

Street art by Nick Walker. 


A note on today’s music:

We are pleased to welcome the members of the Deerfield Academy Chorus as our virtual guest musicians this morning. These student recently undertook a workshop under the guidance of conductor/arranger Steven Fischer, who has worked with both South African and American choirs. Today’s beautiful anthems are the fruits of that workshop.  All the hymns and songs in this morning’s service originated in South Africa, and reflect its history and spirit of ubuntu and social justice. To learn more, we invite you watch this beautiful Lesson on Ubuntu, prepared by members of the Chorus.



ANNOUNCEMENTS



A Request from the Mission Committee

The Mission Committee will again host a Community Meal on May 4 by rehiring  Brad’s Place for $325.00.  Unfortunately our MC budget lacks $197.55 to cover that sum.  We are requesting that, if possible, you send a check to The First Church of Deerfield for whatever sum you wish and in the memo line please write:  “For the Mission Committee’s Budget”.  If we receive a surplus then the extra will remain in the budget for further use.  As always, multiple thank yous for your attention and consideration to this worthy event.



BE A PART OF OUR MINISTRY

If you have found spiritual sustenance at the Brick Church (or the Brickless Church!), and you would like to be part of our ministry and mission, we hope you will consider making a donation or pledge in support to the First Church of Deerfield.

MAKE A PLEDGE
or
GIVE NOW

or send check to: The First Church of Deerfield, P.O. Box 276, 71 Old Main Street, Deerfield, MA 01342)



The First Church of Deerfield
an inclusive, inquisitive congregation of
the United Church of Christ
and the Unitarian Universalist Association

Rev. Liza B. Knapp, Pastor
deerfieldpastor@gmail.com
office@firstchurchofdeerfield.org.
Dr. Thomas Pousont, Director of Music Ministry
Tom Mershon, Sexton
Pat Auchard, Office Administrator
Ann Hallstein, Pastor Emerita

If you wish to make a donation in support of our ministry,
text “GIVE” to (413) 307-3730 or click below:
https://fcd.breezechms.com/give/online.



April 25, 2021

THE FIRST CHURCH OF DEERFIELD
“The Brick Church”  / “The Brickless Church”

Good morning (or afternoon, or evening) and welcome to worship. The Brick Church Meeting House remains closed due to coronavirus response measures, and so we invite you to worship with us here — in the Brickless Church.

Whoever you are, wherever you may be (figuratively or literally), you are welcome here.



All today’s photographs were taken yesterday at Walking Cloud Farm, Shelburne Falls, MA.


ORDER OF WORSHIP
Sunday, April 25, 2021

4th Sunday of Eastertide
PRELUDE
Prelude on Amazing Grace  P. Pindar Sterns
Dr. Thomas Pousont, organ

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 100
Rev. Liza B Knapp

HYMN
Now the Green Blade Rises
Karen Smith Emerson, soprano & Marc Dancer, recorder

AFFIRMATION
Each week of Eastertide, our worship will include an affirmation from a different part of our spiritual traditions. Today’s is one of the best-known and best-beloved — not a creed in the usual sense of the word, but rather a profound affirmation of trust in God’s loving presence: 

Psalm 23 
(read by Liza)

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff–
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy shall pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
forever.

PAUSE FOR CONTEMPLATION

rest here in openness,
for a moment, or more

REFLECTION
Feeding Lambs
Rev. Knapp
PRAYER

Tender Shepherd,
When we get lost — look for us.
When we are in danger — protect us.
When we are hungry — nourish us.
When our friends go astray — help us bring them home.
And if we didn’t notice they were missing — forgive us,
and teach us to keep better watch over one another.
Amen.

 

MEDITATION (IN MEMORIAM)

Still Waters
From Sally Laubin: “My cousin Paul Laubin died March 1; he was the present maker of the world famous Läubin oboe so this is a loss to the whole music world not just our family. This video was made by the CT River (you may recognize the spot) as Paul was born in Hartford Hospital which looks out over the CT River. The music is Satie (you may recognize that too) played by the Boston Pops with Alfred Genovese playing the solo on his Läubin oboe. I envision this video as a way of honoring all those we have lost during this ‘400-day Lent.’”

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
April 25, 2021

shared by Mary Dancer

OFFERING

“If anyone has the world’s goods and sees their sibling in need, yet closes their hand, how does God’s love abide in them? Little children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and in truth.”
1st Letter of John 3:17-18

(To make a donation to the First Church of Deerfield, or to donate to our Community Meal, see Announcements below.)

ANTHEM
United We Are!
FCD Choir and Deerfield Chorus

DEDICATION

May these gifts
be a sign of our gratitude,
that you are steadfast in your love;
and a sign of our intent,
to be more steadfast in ours.
Amen.

HYMN
Amazing Grace
Karen Smith Emerson, soprano & Marc Dancer, bass

BLESSING

God be with you ‘til we meet again;
by Her counsels guide, uphold you,
with Her sheep securely fold you.
God be with you,
‘til we meet again.

POSTLUDE
All Glory be to God on High  N.A. Vetter



ANNOUNCEMENTS



A Request from the Mission Committee

The Mission Committee will again host a Community Meal on May 4 by rehiring  Brad’s Place for $325.00.  Unfortunately our MC budget lacks $197.55 to cover that sum.  We are requesting that, if possible, you send a check to The First Church of Deerfield for whatever sum you wish and in the memo line please write:  “For the Mission Committee’s Budget”.  If we receive a surplus then the extra will remain in the budget for further use.  As always, multiple thank yous for your attention and consideration to this worthy event.



BE A PART OF OUR MINISTRY

If you have found spiritual sustenance at the Brick Church (or the Brickless Church!), and you would like to be part of our ministry and mission, we hope you will consider making a donation or pledge in support to the First Church of Deerfield.

MAKE A PLEDGE
or
GIVE NOW

or send check to: The First Church of Deerfield, P.O. Box 276, 71 Old Main Street, Deerfield, MA 01342)



The First Church of Deerfield
an inclusive, inquisitive congregation of
the United Church of Christ
and the Unitarian Universalist Association

Rev. Liza B. Knapp, Pastor
deerfieldpastor@gmail.com
office@firstchurchofdeerfield.org.
Dr. Thomas Pousont, Director of Music Ministry
Tom Mershon, Sexton
Pat Auchard, Office Administrator
Ann Hallstein, Pastor Emerita

If you wish to make a donation in support of our ministry,
text “GIVE” to (413) 307-3730 or click below:
https://fcd.breezechms.com/give/online.

First Church in the News

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Welcome to The First Church of Deerfield

Ours is a spacious faith, with room enough for questions and diversity of belief. We are a congregation of people from assorted religious backgrounds, joined not by a formal creed but by our shared purpose, to love God and neighbor. Our theology is moderate to liberal, based solidly in the traditions of our two denominations, the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association. As our church covenant states, “we cordially invite to our fellowship any who, while differing from us in belief, are willing to unite with us for worship and service . . . .”

Your Faith Journey Matters!

Whether searching for a faith community is a new venture for you, or you’re looking for a new church home for yourself or your entire family, our congregation welcomes you to join in the life long study of faith. Having a UCC/UUA affiliation, we are open to all, no matter where you on on your faith journey. Opportunities for adults, youth and children will assist in your lifelong process of growing in relationship with God, self, others, and all creation.

Advent at Home – 2020

ADVENT AT HOME

To help us celebrate Advent during the pandemic, our deacons have prepared a special Advent-at-Home goody bag for our members and friends. (If you are local, and don’t yet have yours, please contact us to arrange pickup or delivery! If you are farther afield, we invite you to find your own materials, and improvise!)

What’s in the bag?

Inside the bag are a variety of materials to help you celebrate Advent at home. Each Wednesday of Advent  we will send out a message inviting you to prepare for the coming Sunday’s worship with a special activity.

Preparing for Advent I – Sunday, November 29
Prepare Your Advent Candles!

One of the beloved traditions of our Advent worship is the weekly lighting of the Advent candles — symbols of hope, peace, joy, and love.  This year, we remember that the advent wreath was a tradition practiced at home, even before it became part of our church rituals. We invite you to join in this centuries-old tradition! Each week, as we worship online, let us light our candles at home — apart, yet together.

In your “Advent-at-Home” bag you will find four votive candles — three white, and one pink — one for each Sunday of Advent, representing Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.  Your Advent activity for this week is to prepare an Advent “wreath” — a special (and safe) place for the weekly lighting of the candles during Sunday worship.  Your arrangement can be as traditional or creative as you like. Then, on Sunday, be sure to have a match or lighter handy as you begin your worship at the ‘Brickless’ Church, so we can light our candles at home, together. Or, create your own ritual at home.

 

Preparing for Advent II – Sunday, December 6
Building Peace!

On the second Sunday of Advent, we light a candle for Peace. As we prepare for this Sunday, we invite you build a symbol of peace, from the pieces of origami paper in your Advent-at-Home kit. (If you don’t have a kit, you may use any square piece of paper; it is best if it is colored on one side.) You will find a clear, step-by-step video lesson here:
Origami Peace Crane Instructions

It’s easy to do — even your pastor managed to follow these instructions! When you are done, send us a photo, and we will share it in next week’s announcements! Then, perch your peace crane somewhere in your home where you will see it daily.  Let your peace crane be a reminder, that we are called not just to enjoy peace, but to build it.

 

Preparing for Advent IV – Sunday, December 13
Sharing Joy!

On the third Sunday of Advent, we light a candle for Joy. This week, we invite you to join in one of the joyful rituals
of Advent — decorating the tree!  In your Advent-at-Home kits, you will find two clear ornaments — empty, waiting to be filled by you. Open yours up, and fill it with some word or scene or token of the season (see examples below for inspiration!). Then close the ornament tight, lining up the little holes.  Thread a paperclip through the holes, and you are ready…..

….to hang your ornament on the  OUTDOOR CHRISTMAS TREE at the Brick Church!  Since we cannot invite the neighbors this year, we are spreading the cheer outside our doors with a tree on the front steps. Our Sexton/Stylist, Tom Mershon, will be setting up the tree this Saturday, so come by anytime after to see it — and add your own personal ornament to its branches!

 

 

 

 

Preparing for Advent IV – 
Welcoming Love!
This Sunday, we light a candle for love — the Love that welcomes us all. In your Advent-at-Home bag, you will find a white paper bag, and a battery-operated candle. Put them together, and you have… luminaria! You can personalize your luminaria by adding artwork or decorations, or by cutting or punching holes for the light to shine through.

On Christmas Eve, we invite you to place your luminaria in a window, where it will shine in welcome for all to see. Or — if you wish — stop by the Brick Church on  Christmas Eve, and place your luminaria on the steps by our Christmas Tree.

Worship with Us

Join us for Worship and children’s Sunday School at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays followed by Fellowship.

For more information call:
413-773-5323

 

From the North: take I-91 South to exit 25 and turn left at the end of the ramp. At the stop sign, turn left onto Routes 5 and 10 and proceed north for approximately four miles. Turn left at the “Historic Deerfield” sign onto Main Street and proceed about a half mile to the church.

From the South: take I-91 North to Massachusetts exit 24 and turn right at the end of the exit ramp. Head north on Routes 5 and 10 for five miles, turning left at the “Historic Deerfield” sign onto Main Street. The church is will be on the left after about a half a mile.