Trinitarian Congregational Church

TCC Statement on Racism

As a multi-ethnic community of faith, we have always been and remain committed to opposing racism of any kind. We particularly condemn the long-standing sin of racism against African-Americans in our country. As a historic church involved in the abolitionist and Civil Rights movements, it is our duty to work and pray toward peace and reconciliation.  We are called to “weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15) and stand up for the oppressed (Isaiah 1:17). We also confess our own sins of commission and omission that we have not done all we could have done. We will strive toward and pray for healing and unity to address these evils in our society.

Daily Ministry Updates

All ministries and programs are postponed or moved online until further notice.

The church office is currently closed to help encourage proper social distancing.
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Serving our Neighbors in Need

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We anticipate our food pantry to see extra use over these next few weeks. If you are able please consider donating non-perishable and non-expired items. A list of needed items is forthcoming.

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Deacon’s Fund

For those experiencing financial hardship during this pandemic it is our joy to invite you to apply for support via the Deacon’s Fund. This fund is not only used to serve real needs in the community directly, but it’s a resource that members of our TCC community could utilize to help meet the needs of neighbors and others in Metrowest.

Deacons Fund Application

Please fill out this form and email it to office@tccwayland.org

Food Pantry

Food pantry is now open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9A-12P.

Video Devotional – How shall we sing? (Psalm 137)

Here is the video devotional from July 10th. For those of you who prefer to read, not watch, the text is below!

 

As we enter our 4th month of not meeting in person, I’ve been thinking more about the long-term impact this pandemic is having on our church community. Of course we all miss seeing each other – that is true for even the most introverted among us. We crave community and we human connection. We miss that for sure.

But we also miss our lack of bringing our voices together for Sunday worship. I know we’ve been doing a good job getting church to your living rooms. I know it is certainly nice to go to church (as it is to go to work) in our pajamas. But even after these four months, it still just doesn’t feel right to me. It doesn’t feel like church.

You see, when we ‘go to church’ we go not just to receive music, prayers, and a sermon, but to participate. To offer ourselves to God. And when we participate in worship it does something greater to our hearts than listening alone. This is why the church for millennia has gathered to sing hymns, read the scriptures together, pray the lord’s prayer together as well  as listen to the preaching of the word. When we worship we practice our faith aloud. It’s so much more powerful to be surrounded by hundreds of people singing, however imperfectly, than it is to watch even the best worship song at home. It’s creating something together that is so powerful, and I mourn and lament every week we are apart.

So for today’s devotional I want to turn us to Psalm 137. It is a psalm of Lament written when God’s people were in exile in Babylon. They were away from their place of worship, and longed to be together in the temple of Jerusalem again. They wanted to go back to church, but were also inclined to forget. It says this:

By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept
when we remembered Zion.
There on the poplars
we hung our harps,
for there our captors asked us for songs,
our tormentors demanded songs of joy;
they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

How can we sing the songs of the Lord
while in a foreign land?
If I forget you, Jerusalem,
may my right hand forget its skill.
May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth
if I do not remember you,
if I do not consider Jerusalem
my highest joy.

“How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a foreign land” is the question on all our hearts today. How can we sing from our living rooms? How can we sing when we’re not gathered at TCC and surrounded by our loving community? These are good questions. We are in a season when God has allowed all this to happen, and we sit at home and lament with the psalmist. That’s okay.

But I also think the words of Psalm 137 were for us before the pandemic and will still be for us after the pandemic is over. It was actually my favorite psalm from years ago, because it illustrates the posture of our hearts as pilgrims in the world. We all have a fundamental longing for our true home with God in heaven. So our lives are all, in a sense, lived ‘in a foreign land.’

That’s why we have disagreements in worship styles: It’s not a stretch to say:

How can we sing the songs of the Lord – how can we authentically praise God – when the music is so old and boring?

Or…when the music is so new, loud, repetitive…you fill in the blank.

I’ve heard some of you say this. And I say, “Amen!” It’s never going to be the perfect authentic worship experience here on earth, and I love that it is my job to ask this question every week.

How shall we, TCC, sing the songs of the lord, in THIS foreign land?

Or perhaps even more relevant for today:

How can we sing the songs of the Lord when there is so much suffering in the world? When the pandemic rages on? Or while our black brothers and sisters are being oppressed?

Our longing for free authentic worship with the people of God is the central longing in all our hearts. Sin and suffering, and sometimes satan obscures that longing, makes us doubt or forget God’s presence, but Psalm 137 urges our heart to NOT FORGET.

This Sunday we’re going to be for the first time showing an entirely pre-recorded worship service on Sunday. All of us on the staff agree this is not ideal. Perhaps (hopefully!) it will be a smoother experience not relying on a streaming service and flaky internet speeds, but we do this with much trepidation and reluctance.

If we say pre-recorded church in our living room is better than gathering with fellow Christians – however imperfectly – something has gone quite wrong. We do not need our faith to become even more individualized than it already is. We need to remember that God’s word tells us that we are part of a family – a family of very different people called to praise the living God together with one unified voice. So pray for unity among us. Pray that God to heal our world from this virus for his glory and for the good of the church. Pray and long for the day when we can come together again saying “praise God from whom all blessings flow!”

 

 

Virtual Bulletin: July 12, 2020

Prelude
CHRIST IS MY LIFE’S SALVATION (Marpurg)
Charlie Orr, Organist

Gathering Hymn
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
Text: Joachim Neander‎ (1680)
Tune: LOBE DEN HERREN
Ben Morse, Song Leader; Charles Orr, Organ

Call to Worship (Psalm 136)
Adam Kurihara, Director of Worship

Praise
Christ is Mine Forevermore
CityAlight Music (2015)

Congregational Prayer
Kathleen Barrett

Children’s Song
I’ve Got Peace Like A River
Markey Family

Sermon
Dr. Mateus De Campos

Song of Response
No Longer Slaves
Bethel Music (2014)

Benediction

Adam Kurihara, Director of Worship

Postlude

THE HEAVENS DECLARE (Marcello)
Charlie Orr, Organist

 

Debbie Wilson’s Transition in September

This past week, Debbie and I sat down with some of our key committees to make the announcement that she will be transitioning out of her role at TCC this coming September. We posted in last week’s newsletter a video announcement to the congregation, but we also want to have a written announcement in case people missed it. Debbie has served TCC faithfully, sacrificially and capably for the past 16 years in different roles and since 2016 as Executive Director. The Board and Executive Committee of the Board is very committed to supporting Debbie in her transition. As a congregation, we will have times to honor her and celebrate her ministry. She is staying on as a member of TCC so when we can be all together again, we will look forward to the fellowship face to face as well.
By way of brief background, Debbie and I have talked about retirement on occasion in the past. In our most recent discussion of last month, I suggested a timeline for early retirement sometime in the first few months of 2021 (with full retirement later in 2021). After taking time to consider her options (including a limited part-time role), Debbie would like to transition out as soon as this coming September.
Also connected to our discussion of retirement last month was the phasing out of the position of Executive Director at TCC sometime in 2021. After receiving counsel and taking time to consider the future needs of TCC, moving forward, the role of Executive Director (at TCC since 2016) will be replaced by an executive assistant role.
For those of us who know Debbie and her many roles at TCC, this news comes as a big transition in the life of the church. We join together in prayer for Debbie, for TCC and for the search for the right person to come to serve TCC for administrative support. If people wanted to talk to me and Debbie directly, we are scheduling a zoom session for this coming Wednesday, July 8th, at 6pm.
In His service,
Pastor Tom

Virtual Bulletin | July 5th, 2020

Prelude
CHRIST IS MY LIFE’S SALVATION (Marpurg)
Charlie Orr, Organist

Gathering Hymn
God of Our Fathers
Text: ‎Daniel C. Roberts‎ (1876)
Tune: NATIONAL HYMN
Ben Morse, Song Leader; Charles Orr, Organ

Call to Worship (Psalm 23)
Adam Kurihara, Director of Worship

Praise
This is My Fathers World
Text: Maltbie D. Babcock (1901)
Tune: TERRA BEATA

Praise
Sovereign Over Us
Jack Mooring (2011)

Greeting

Congregational Prayer
Elaine Stock

Offeratory
Eternal Father Strong To Save
Text: William Whiting‎ (1860)
Tune: MELITA

Scripture Reading
Romans 4:1-12
Lukas Stock

Sermon
“God cleans up the mess of our lives” – Rev. Dr. Tom Petter

Song of Response
His Mercy Is More
Boswell/Papa (2016)

Benediction

Postlude
THE HEAVENS DECLARE (Marcello)
Charlie Orr, Organist

 

Pastor’s Note: Freedom to love

Free to love others:

Paul tackles hot button issues in Romans that have extraordinary significance for us today.  Paul addresses various cultural and ethnic backgrounds (see the list in Romans 16) and he has to find a way to bring them together. His goal is nicely captured  in Romans 15:5-6.  One voice, many cultures, glorifying God together. Unfortunately as we all know, the message is not always universally applied.  Christians have been known to justify discrimination, racism and suppression of the “other” throughout history.  However, we need to remember the problem is not the message of the Gospel itself.   The Gospel remains the power of God to save us (Romans 1:16) and to change our hearts.  Paul, formerly known as Saul of Tarsus, is Exhibit A.  Culturally, racially and socially, Saul of Tarsus would have nothing to do with immoral and idolatrous Greeks.  The two groups would keep the interaction at a minimum.  However, in the Gospel, Paul the Apostle goes through a radical change of heart.  He now hangs out with Greeks (Titus, see Galatians 1); he counts women as fellow-workers (see the list in Romans 16); and he has a slave as his brother (Onesimus in Philemon).  He’s basically living out the Gospel of reconciliation in his own life and thereby give us all an example to follow.  In the first century, the social divide between men and women, slaves and free was huge.  Paul radically closes the gap and sees unity in Christ (Galatians 3:28).

Things to ponder and act upon :

In our hurting and divided world, we have a great opportunity to be agents of reconciliation in our own circles of influence.  Whenever we reach out to people with love and respect, chances are they will respond with a similar attitude.  And if they don’t, we keep reaching out!  This is after all at the heart of the Gospel: God keeps reaching out to us, even though we routinely ignore Him!  Be intentional to serve “the other”, pray for them and perhaps more importantly listen.  The cacophony of opinions on social media is overwhelming at times.  A great counter to that is to practice James’ exhortation to be “quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger” (James 1:19). Ask questions, seek to understand rather than to be understood.   As Paul tells us: don’t be overcome with evil but overcome evil with good (read Romans 12).

Tracking with Romans for this Sermon Series:

Make it a goal every week to read and meditate in Romans 12:1-21.  The chapter includes a practical list of how we can be agents of reconciliation around us.

One good way to prepare for Sunday’s sermon is to read the text beforehand.  Last week we were in Romans 1:18-35 and we will still refer to some parts of it as background to this coming Sunday’s message in Romans 2:1-29.    In Chapter 2, we are addressing the question of God’s fairness and impartiality in contrast to our own propensity to judge others quite partially.  Be in prayer as together we want to obey Jesus and His Word and to “be and make disciples” at TCC.