Bibles for Everyone!
Sunday, September 27 is Bible Sunday, the week when we will begin using and exploring our Bibles to see what’s there – to think about the kinds of authority the Bible has for us or doesn’t. Though the Bible wasn’t written for us, it can be a resource for us. Mad? Want revenge? Suffering? Need to dance? In love with somebody else’s partner – it’s all there in the Bible, the witness of a wacky, hurting, loving people who long for God. Over the coming months we’ll explore the Bible together, and we will do it to affirm our humanity.
Bibles will be available in the pews on Sunday, but if you do not have a Bible and would like to get one, our pastors have suggested the following editions:
- The New Interpreter’s Study Bible: New Revised Standard Version with the Apocrypha
- Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version with Apocrypha (Imitation leather, gift & award Bible)
- The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version
- The New Testament and Psalms: An Inclusive Version
Our Sunday School children will similarly be exploring the Bible each Sunday using Spark Bibles.
What We Are Reading
Hope Central Church is a learning congregation. We keep learning by being in worship together, doing the work of compassion and justice, by hearing each others’ stories. We wanted to share what we’re learning by reading. Here’s what we are reading.
Our makeGOOD Capital Campaign
Our makeGOOD campaign kicked off Sunday, September 13 after our morning church service. To learn more about our Furnace Project and the makeGOOD campaign, visit our makeGOOD campaign page.
Our 5:30pm evening service ended on June 14. However, interested members of our congregation are gathering every other Sunday at 6:30pm for discussions on creating a viable member-led evening worship scenario. You can read more here, the letter from our pastors and moderator, about our decision to end the evening service as we know it, and envision our needs as a congregation, going forward.
Listen to Reverend Traci Blackmon’s Sermon!
On April 12, Hope Central Church hosted the Rev. Traci Blackmon on behalf of the Massachusetts Conference of the UCC. The Word from Pastor Traci was an incredible moment for our congregation, in our work for racial justice. You can hear her sermon here.
Ministry of Justice and Compassion
To continue our Lenten work of moving from fear to love, visit our Resources for our Lenten Work of Racial Justice page.
Also, click here to read musings about our church’s ministry for social justice and repair of the world. You can also access the blog from our Blog page, where there are other wonderful blogs to follow.
Check out the calendar for upcoming MJC sponsored events. Details of each event are displayed when you click on the event.
Rosie’s Place Drive
The Ministry of Justice and Compassion has an ongoing Rosie’s Place drive to collect items for the poor and homeless women who depend on Rosie’s Place for emergency shelter, for a safe place to take a warm shower, and for seasonal clothing. The following items can be left in the Rosie’s Place box in the church:
• Travel-sized Toiletries (like those from hotels)
• Twin Sheets/Pillow Cases for the emergency shelter
- October 4, 2015 10:30 amFeast of St. Francis – Blessing of the Animals – Children in Services
- October 25, 2015 10:30 amParade of Pledges
- November 29, 2015Advent
- December 25, 2015Christmas
- February 7, 2016Superbowl Sunday
- February 9, 2016 6:00 pmShrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and Public Confession
- February 10, 2016Lent
- February 10, 2016 7:00 pmAsh Wednesday
- February 13, 2016February School Vacation (Boston Public Schools)
- February 17, 2016 6:30 pmLenten Prayers and Soup Supper
- February 24, 2016 6:30 pmLenten Prayers and Soup Supper
- March 2, 2016 6:30 pmLenten Prayers and Soup Supper