We Welcome Everyone: An
“Open & Affirming” Church
(781) 334-3050;Fax: (781) 334-6463; Email:
The Rev. Dr. Dennis C. Bailey, Pastor - Pastor@Centre-Church.org
September 27, 2006
Dear Flamingo Flockers and Followers: Our Journey Begins
I'm so excited! I'm excited to start our new relationship on the day of World Communion Sunday. What better way to embrace our oneness in Christ, Centre Congregational Church's welcoming Open and Affirming nature, and our enjoyment of the diversity of God's people than to break bread with all of God's people.
In order to celebrate our diversity and unity in Christ, I invite you to bring a variety of breads to our celebration of World Communion Sunday, this coming Sunday, October 1st. Call the church office, 781-334-3050 to leave a message about what kind of bread you plan to bring and what part of God's world it represents, its special significance. You can also email me to tell me: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, just bring a special bread without calling or emailing me. Ideas might include:
I will invite you to bring it forward for our Service of Holy Communion and together we will pray a prayer of blessing on our many breads for God's many peoples. We will share these breads during our luncheon following the service.
World Communion Sunday was first celebrated in 1936, the first Sunday in October, thanks to our sisters and brothers in the Presbyterian Churches in the United States and overseas. After a few years the idea spread beyond the Presbyterian Church.
“The day has taken on new relevancy and depth of meaning in a world where globalization often has undermined peace and justice -- and in a time when fear divides the peoples of God's earth. On this day we celebrate our oneness in Christ, the Prince of Peace, in the midst of the world we are called to serve -- a world ever more in need of peacemaking.” http://www.ncccusa.org/unity/worldcommunionsunday.html)
I like that World Communion comes in October, the Autumn season, arrayed in brilliant colors, the peak of loveliness. And then, when the sun shines bright in October mornings, my heart races to see how nature shines without any effort on humanity's part. It is simply God's gift to us! And then I think of how God's people in my life also shine, with brilliance.
I am so looking forward to experiencing the brilliance of God's colors in you, my new friends. I enjoyed the Shareholders’ Dinner this past Sunday in which the youth and their leaders talked about how they experienced Christ in the breaking of bread with the many people they met in New York this past summer. Like the bread, we, too, need to be kneaded, by interacting with God's many peoples, by serving and being served. I pray that our first World Communion together will not only bind us together with each other but with all of God's people, greeting them with a heart of compassion no matter where we meet them.
Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35
See you soon!
Yours in Christ,
IN THE SANCTUARY
October 1, 2006 - World Communion Sunday
Isaiah 55:1-6 John 3:1-8
10:00 A.M. Holy Communion
Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Dennis C. Bailey
“Kite Flying & World Communion”
Children may worship with their families before going to
They will participate in Communion with their families.
Service broadcast on Lynnfield Cable Channel 10 (Comcast) & Channel 28 (Verizon)
and Peabody Cable Channel 10 at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday.
After the service on October 1, plan to have lunch in Richards Hall and welcome our new settled Pastor, Rev. Dr. Dennis Bailey. Dennis is excited about beginning his ministry with us and is looking forward to greeting everyone after the service. Let’s wear our name tags to lunch to help Dennis learn our names.
As you will see, I do not work alone. I have an Assistant, Rev. Dr.
Calvin B. Kool, who works with me. It's been that way for years. Rev.
Dr. Kool was introduced to me by a friend and colleague, Rev. John
Benbow. Rev. Benbow had worked with Rev. Kool but felt that I would
find working with Rev. Kool more enjoyable than he did.
Rev. Dr. Calvin B. Kool is a ventriloquist puppet (please, please, never mention this to him, ever!). In order to preserve Rev. Kool's delicate ego and the mystery and enjoyment of what we do together, I assume that Rev. Kool is as real as you and me. I wish for you to do the same.
Jesus taught us many interesting and valuable lessons through his use of parables. So, my work and relationship with Rev. Kool has a similar capacity. All we ask is that you sit back, if you can, and enjoy the conversations that I (and sometimes with you) have with Rev. Kool. Don't take this too seriously, but do take what we learn together seriously. Non-puppet people sometimes take themselves too seriously. Humor, fantasy, stories, and even a “make-believe human” can help us say things that non-puppet people could never say (and keep their jobs).
I hope you enjoy the work that Rev. Kool and I do together. He will attend and speak at Worship on occasion, not every Sunday. On other occasions, for Children's Messages, I will use other objects, ideas, methods, characters, and, yes, sometimes, a live or make believe animal. The way I figure it, if we have fun in worship and in our life together, we will all want to keep on coming back for more. And, we can never get enough of the Good News and unconditional love of Jesus.
That is, in part, my version of how Rev. Dr. Calvin B. Kool came to be. Rev. Dr. Kool, on the other hand, has his own version of this story, which, I'm sure, he'll share with you sometime. I can assure you that his memory of how we came together and mine are very different.
Rev. Dr. Kool's motto is, “Get Real and Keep the Faith.” May it be so. If you have any questions about Rev. Dr. Kool, send them my way via phone, email, letters, and personal conversations.
If you have an idea about how Rev. Dr. Kool and/or I can be helpful to you, feel free to speak with us.
Now, I have to repair Rev. Dr. Kool's vocal chord. He strained it last night screaming at the N.E. Patriots.
Let us together, Get Real and Keep the Faith!
Rev. Dr. Dennis C. Bailey
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”
Rev. Kool occasionally writes his own column for Tower Notes. His first installment can be read by clicking here.
A Farewell From Rand Peabody, Interim PastorThank-you, thank-you, for “everything”, including a beautiful new blue golf bag (complete with umbrella) that Phil Johnson presented to me on your behalf at the service on Sunday, the 24th.
MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU ALWAYS,
MAY YOUR WISHES ALL COME TRUE,
MAY YOU ALWAYS DO FOR OTHERS,
AND LET OTHERS DO FOR YOU.
MAY YOU BUILD A LADDER TO THE STARS
AND CLIMB ON EVERY RUNG.
MAY YOU STAY FOREVER YOUNG.
YOU GROW UP TO BE RIGHTEOUS,
MAY YOU GROW UP TO BE TRUE.
MAY YOU ALWAYS KNOW THE TRUTH
AND SEE THE LIGHT SURROUNDING YOU.
MAY YOU ALWAYS BE COURAGEOUS,
STAND UPRIGHT AND BE STRONG,
MAY YOU STAY FOREVER YOUNG. . .
YOUR HANDS ALWAYS BE BUSY,
MAY YOUR FEET ALWAYS BE SWIFT,
MAY YOU HAVE A STRONG FOUNDATION
WHEN THE WINDS OF CHANGES SHIFT.
MAY YOUR HEART ALWAYS BE JOYFUL,
MAY YOUR SONG ALWAYS BE SUNG,
MAY YOU STAY FOREVER YOUNG.
Holy Communion- Sanctuary
Child Care – Room 14
Welcome Luncheon -Richards
Youth Choir – Choir Room
Youth Groups – Lower Level
Knitting Group – Fireside
Bread & Roses Meal Prep.-
Membership – Pastor’s Ofc.
Senior Choir – Choir Room
Our thoughts and prayers are with
Hal Holappa at the Veterans’ Hospital, 200 Springs Rd., Bedford,
01730; Mildred Lisi at SunBridge, 134 North St., N. Reading, 01864;
Catherine Newman at Oosterman’s, 93 Laurel St., Melrose, 02176;
Jack Turner, at Arnold House, 490 William St., Stoneham, 02180.
We also remember in our prayers, Dana Robinson in Kuwait and Dana’s cousin Michael Propeck in Iraq.
Sunday, October 1: