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Richmond Congregational Church
United Church of Christ

Rev. Katelyn Macrae, Pastor • 20 Church St. • P.O. Box 302 • Richmond VT, 05477

(802) 434-2053 • Email: church@rccucc.org • Facebook: www.facebook.com/rccucc

Sunday Worship September-June: 10:00 AM with Sunday School and Nursery care
 July & August: 9:00 AM with special activities for children

Church office hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 8:30am - 3:00pm

 

Open and Affirming   All are Welcome

October 2014 Reflections

Reflections From the Pastor

Dear Friends in Christ:

Change. It’s only six letters, but these six letters can be rather significant. Change can be exciting, scary, threatening, wonderful, or perhaps all of these things at the same time. We know that change is constant. In this season of changing leaves and cooling temperatures, what attitude do you bring when you encounter change?

We’re called to embrace change as an essential part of our spiritual journey. Yet it can be very difficult to stop wanting to feel in control and turn our worries over to God. In Letters to a Young Poet, German author Rainer Maria Rilke wrote, "I beg you to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves…don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without noticing it, live your way into the answer."

I keep these words posted above my desk and read and reflect on them in the midst of change. Loving the questions, as opposed to automatically searching for the answer, is an incredibly challenging spiritual discipline. In this season of change, are you ready to love the questions?

Here at RCC exciting changes and new opportunities are afoot as we ponder how God is calling us to be the church in this time and place. In October we celebrate old traditions such as the Chicken Pie Supper. We are also trying new things, such as monthly intergenerational services where the children are present for all of worship. This month we’ll be outside on Sunday, October 12th for a Blessing of the Animals. If the weather is less than ideal, we’ll go into the Fellowship Hall. This will be a worship service not to miss!

Community Office Hours are also changing. In October, come to Bridge Street Café on Wednesdays from 7:30-9:00 AM and join me for a cup of coffee or tea and conversation. Just drop on by!

As the hillsides light up in reds, oranges and yellows, let us give thanks for God’s beautiful creation here in the Green Mountain State. Let us try to "love the questions" and let us hold fast to our God, who walks beside us as we live into the answers together.

See you in Church,

Katelyn