Tower Notes

Centre Congregational Church
United Church of Christ

We Welcome Everyone: An "Open & Affirming" Church
Handicap Accessible

Phone: (781) 334-3050; Fax: (781) 334-6463; Email:
5 Summer Street, Lynnfield, Massachusetts 01940

The Rev. Dr. Dennis C. Bailey, Pastor -
Jill Couillard & Barbara Langill - Directors of Christian Education & Youth Ministry -

Douglas W. Hodgkins: Organist/Choir Director
Sally MacDonald, Director of Tower Day School
Susan Spear, Secretary

June 27, 2007



Are You Seeking Something?

Do you feel as if you are not on the trail of God? Or, do you feel as if God is on your trail but not sure what it means, yet?

Early in college I felt as if I was on the trail of God. I felt as if I had found a spiritual direction and needed to follow it. Aided by the strong faith given to me by the church I grew up in, a congregation of the United Church of Christ via the Evangelical and Reformed traditions, I had no doubt of God's presence in my life. I felt that God wanted me to become an ordained minister (on most days) and I was out to change the world! I was seeking to find the way via college, a major in Sociology, a Master of Divinity Degree, and then, I hoped, a job in or near the city, urban ministry. There, I felt, I would beat back racism and be a change agent for God. I was hot on the trail to save the world!

Now, what I have learned is that not everyone who is a seeker of some kind is as confident as was I. I really wasn't that self-confident, but I had a vision, a passion, and a belief that I could make a difference, even if I was a farm boy with hay seeds still in my hair.

Some of us are seeking to get out of God's way. Some of us are seeking an escape from the way that God keeps coming after us. Some of us are seeking something but are not sure what it is and we hope that it will ride up on some kind of horse to hand us the answer.

Martin Luther once said, “I know not the way God leads me, but well do I know my Guide.” That speaks for a lot of us, I think. Yes, we believe in God but we are just not sure what God wants of us, what path to go, etc.

I have often met people in my work who feel something spiritual is going on inside of them, even around them. It can take some time to know exactly what it is. Sometimes there is some unfinished business that needs to be dealt with before the pathway can be made clear. It's kind of like how you have to do your taxes early in the year if you want to help your son/daughter apply for college loans. It's also like when my wife and I wanted to apply for a foster child. The social worker said we had to deal with some grief issues before we could welcome a child age 8 to 14 years of age. Children of that age have their own grief issues to deal with. The social worker didn't want our issues to be confused with a foster child's. So, through therapy we had to take care of them first and then, later, we applied and received a child.

Are you seeking something? Do you feel as if God is seeking you? Do you feel as if you have something spiritual going on inside of you? If so, I would be interested in hearing from you. Why? I'm giving thought to putting together a group of people who would be interested in sharing with each other along these lines in the hopes of giving each other mutual support. The group might be aided with the presence of a trained facilitator and meet for a limited period of weeks. I would like to convene such a group sometime this coming fall. Call me (781-334-3050) or email me ( In the meantime, reflect on these:

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)

“When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me,” says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 29:13-14)

Yours in the search,



IN THE CHAPEL - 9:00 a.m.

July 1, 2007
Sacrament of Holy Communion
Luke 9:51-62
Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Dennis C. Bailey
“Two Roads Diverged”

July 8, 2007
Sermon by the Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy

July 15, 22 and 29, 2007
Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Dennis C. Bailey

These informal services in the air-conditioned Chapel are a wonderful opportunity for families to worship together.
All are invited to stay for punch and fellowship following the service.




Missions Pantry
(to the left as you enter from Summer Street)

Ongoing collections continue during the summer.