I am writing this several days before you will receive it, and by then some of the post-election feelings now roiling in you and me both will no doubt have shifted and evolved. Still, I felt it important to speak from this moment, while the earth is still quaking from its trauma, so to speak.
Tonight I postponed the sermon I had planned for this coming Sunday, and just finished constructing its replacement as best I can, in a way I have never done before. I am not going to be preaching in any usual sense. Ironically, late last week the vaguely premonitory thought went through my head that I really wanted and needed to preach soon on what are called the “Psalms of Lament.” These are the few hauntingly beautiful poetic cries in the Book of Psalms which are part pain and despair, part confidence and hope—and altogether one of human civilization’s most eloquent lyrics of suffering and redemption.
This morning I realized that “soon” was “now,” and that what was needed was not preaching on them but just hearing what they have to say to us. And so it will be, for a shorter than usual worship service this Sunday in part to allow time for those who wish to attend a community inter-faith service at the Princeton University Chapel.
Please join us in Worship at Christ Congregation this Sunday for a special time of prayer, reflection, and penitence.
Blessings and Peace,
November 12th and 13th- Together with Coalition for Peace Action, Christ Congregation will co-sponsor the Coalition’s Celebration of The Reverend Bob Moore and The 37th Annual Conference and Multi-faith Service for Peace.
The Rev. Robert Moore has served since 1981 as full-time Executive Director of the Princeton NJ-based Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA). During that time he has also served as part-time Pastor of East Brunswick Congregational Church, and after its merger with Christ Congregation of Princeton in 2014 as part-time co-Pastor of Christ Congregation. Mr. Moore is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ who this year also celebrates his fortieth year of ordination. Christ Congregation is pleased to share in this celebration and recognition of his service to church and community.
Saturday, November 12th
5:30-6:00 p.m. Reception and drop-off for Potluck 6:00-7:00 p.m. Potluck Meal (Please bring a dish to share) 7:00-8:00 p.m. Program
Sunday, November 13th 11:00 a.m. at the Princeton University Chapel. Sunday's sermon will be given by Muslim Life Coordinator and Chaplin for Princeton University, Imam Sohaib Sultan. For more information, visit www.peacecoalition.org.
Council Meeting - November 16th, 6:30 p.m.
Save the Date! – December 10, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. we will gather for Christmas dinner. More details to follow.
Saturday, December 24th there will be a special holiday service. WE WILL NOT worship together on Sunday, December 25th
Christ Congregation continues to celebrate the answered call of The Rev. Alexis Fuller-Wright to be our new minister.
The Rev. Alexis Fuller-Wright and daughter Nora.
(Sunday, October 23, 2016)
On the left: Nancy Wright (Alexis’s mother), Liz Fuller-Wright (Alexis' wife), Alexis Fuller-Wright, and daughter Nora. (Sunday, October, 23, 2016)
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The Rev. Dr. J. Randall Nichols, Interim Minister
Joanne Hardgrove, Organist-Choir Director
Brandi Grove, Church Secretary
Rebecca Fransisco, Seminary Intern
The Rev. Jeffrey Mays, Pastor Emeritus
Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.