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"After Sunday worship I feel refreshed and ready to start a new week. Worship calms me and makes me want to be a more giving and forgiving person."

 

 "I am here to share my soul, body, and mind with our bigger family who shares our worship to God and the entire universe.  This is my worship experience at church."

 

Worship at FCC Essex follows a traditional liturgy, but God still speaks to the world today from these ancient words and rituals as if they were new.  Music and spirit and art and words and silence center us and inform us.  Our style of worship brings comfort, soothes the spirit, challenges the mind, strengthens our love of each other, and empowers us for doing good in the world.

 

We share our church home with Ivoryton Congregational Church.  In the summer, both congregations worship together at 9:00 on Sunday.

 

Other special services of worship are celebrated throughout the year during Advent (Christmas) and Lent, as well as ecumenical events with other churches in Essex and within the UCC.

 

 

 

July 29, 2018

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

 

 

2 Samuel 11:1-15 Psalm 14
Ephesians 3:14-21
John 6:1-21


Reflection On 2 Samuel 11:1-15

Until now, David has enjoyed unprecedented blessings and protection from the Lord.  At the Lord’s direction, Samuel anointed him as king while David was still a boy—long before David finally took the throne (1 Samuel 16).  The Lord gave him the victory over Goliath (1 Samuel 17), and protected him against Saul’s jealous rages (1 Samuel 18ff.).  David married the king’s daughter (1 Samuel 18:17-29).  He saved the city of Keilah (1 Samuel 23).  Upon the deaths of Saul and his three sons, David was anointed king over Judah (2 Samuel 2:1-7), and after the death of Saul’s son, Ish-bosheth, David became king over Israel (2 Samuel 4-5).  David defeated the Jebusites and took their city, Jerusalem, to be his capital (2 Samuel 5:6-16).  He defeated the Philistines and returned the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem (2 Samuel 5:17 – 6:19). He was successful in numerous other battles (2 Samuel 8-10).

And, as David prospered, Israel prospered as well.


Read the scriptures and this entire reflection here.