Faith Congregational Church, a vibrant, inclusive Christian community working for social justice through service to God, each other and our neighbors.
Welcome to the Faith Congregational Church website. You will find exciting videos, articles, and information designed to lift your spirit and feed your desire for helpful information. Faith Church is a diverse worship community, an inclusive, justice-minded and unapologetic about our faith and our witness. We celebrate diversity, we celebrate community and we celebrate Jesus Christ. It’s that simple, but be clear that there is so much more.
We invite you to explore the many ways we seek to be a faithful church in these challenging days. Ask us your questions, we like questions. Our church may be old, in fact, it is the oldest predominately black church in the city of Hartford, but our thinking is not old at all. We are affiliated with the United Church of Christ, the first mainline church in America to speak out against slavery, the first mainline church to ordain a woman and the first church to ordain a gay person into ministry in our nation. We stand on the side of justice because we want to always seek to be on the right side of history and besides that to do what we believe Jesus our elder brother and head of the church commands.
If you are in the Greater Hartford area, come worship with us. Whoever you are, you are very welcome at Faith. Now explore the website fully, come back to it often and know that we seek your prayers as we go forward in faith.
Who We Are – Where We Are Going – What We Believe!
We Celebrate Diversity
We are a church that welcomes all (and we do mean all)! No matter who you are and where you may be on life’s journey, you are welcome at Faith Congregational Church. We work toward celebrating all people, young and old, Black, Brown, and White, gay and straight, rich and poor; whomever God sends we will seek to embrace.
We Celebrate Community
We are a church faith community that embraces the wider community and seeks to serve in ways we can. Faith Church is a place where the community can come to talk, to work, to grow. We will be part of the solution, seeking to address community concerns. We will work for justice, not just us.
We Celebrate Jesus
We will celebrate the presence of Jesus Christ in our lives. We will never apologize for our love of Jesus Christ but will celebrate the faith of others and even those with no faith. For us, Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. We will invite others to know Jesus and will share the love of Christ whenever and wherever we can.
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9:00 – noon 860-547-0820
From the Pastor’s Study
Dear Faith Family and Friends:
The church has historically been one of the places that a person could go when all other places might say no. It has been a refuge for those without a means to go forward, a place to air out the hurt in their lives and a place where a vision for the future can get realized. It is a place to express gift and talents, sometimes never seen before or appreciated anywhere else. Sometimes the church is seen as an important safety net in our community, a place to get the help needed to make it another day. But the church is still the place where a person can get their life regulated to navigate this often difficult world.
We are, I believe, a people by and large who live by the spirit. No matter your religious affiliation or interfaith understanding, faith is an important part of making sense of this world and maneuvering one’s day to day living. It is by faith that we succeed, not by sight, by reliance upon a higher power rather than solely relying upon our own devices or what we think are our own smarts. Check with any older faithful person as to how they have “come this far,” most would tell you it was by faith.
BTW, have you seen CT Voice, a new quarterly magazine? The magazine focuses on concerns and interests of the LGBTQ community. Faith Church is featured in “Keeping the Faith,” an article about churches that are welcoming to everyone.
Want a CD of the service? Give Bruce MacCullagh a written request or send him an email.
Need a ride to church? See Deacon Pam Walters for details and to schedule a pickup.
Know someone in need? Leave a message for Pastor Steve, or with Patricia Gray or Deacon Pam.
Need stewardship envelopes? See Alice Lumpkin, Olga Callender or Barbara Wiggins -or contribute online using the “Donate” button.
Need more information? Call the church office 860-547-0820 Monday through Wednesday mornings. Sunday service begins at 10 am.
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MEN OF FAITH Men’s Ministry Monday evenings @ 5:30 p.m. Bible Study, Food and Fellowship! All men are welcome. Call Deacon Al Strother or church office for more information.
Don’t forget, GIRL SCOUT TROOP 10003 meets on 2nd and 4th Sundays from 1 – 2:30 pm. We are really proud of our girls.
There is a seat for you on Tuesday at Bible study. We start at 7 pm. Great group, great conversation, and great learning! Currently on hiatus.
The CHOIR could use your voice! It’s a great way to serve at Faith Church. Wayne Dixon is waiting. Choir rehearsal on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Sunday School for children is nearing the end of the Winter/Spring term. Join us. Volunteer for one Sunday per month. We look forward to seeing you and your children.
Nursery Staffed for Sunday Services
A reminder: the nursery is available when your child is restless or unhappy during service. You may not mind your child’s crying, but others would like to hear the service.
Would you like to volunteer? We need Sunday School teachers, a historian, liturgists and just maybe you can think of ways that you too can help! See Pastor Steve or Patricia Hollis for details.
Remember our Sick and Shut-ins. Don’t forget to send a prayer, card or note. If you don’t see someone, why not call and see how they are doing?
Deacon Mamie Barnum @ home
Felicia Heard @ home
Anita Stringer @ Glastonbury Health Care
James Dudley @ nursing home
Special Events @ Faith Church
Faith Celebrates Its 200th Anniversary!
Faith Congregational Church in Hartford, Connecticut began in 1819 as a place for African Americans to worship on their own since they were previously only able to worship in the backs of churches and in church galleries (balconies). Unable to sit in the main sanctuary and tired of second class treatment, a group of African Americans began worshipping in the conference room of the First Church of Christ in Hartford, Connecticut, which is now known as Center Church. Our ancestor congregation moved to a building on State Street in 1820 and formed the first black Congregational Church in Connecticut and the third oldest in the nation. (According to Mary M. Donohue and Whitney Bayers writing for Connecticut Explored at connecticuthistory.org, Dixwell Avenue Congregational Church in New Haven was founded in 1820 as the African Ecclesiastical Society by Simeon Jocelyn, a white abolitionist, and 24 former slaves.)
The church, now known as Faith Congregational Church, initially called itself the African American Religious Society of Hartford and vowed to create a place of worship where there would be no assigned seating and where anyone was welcome to worship. The congregation purchased property in 1826 where it built a stone-and-brick church on the corner of Talcott and Market Streets.
For more information, read HERE
Scholarship Sunday is June 9
We will be celebrating members of Faith who are graduating from high school, post-high school programs, college/university, or graduate school. Come raise the roof for our graduates. We are so proud of them.
Can You Burn in the Kitchen?
Are you a good cook? Do you “Put Your Foot In It” in the kitchen? Faith Church is writing its own cookbook. Here is your opportunity to have 3 favorite recipes – with your own special touches – immortalized! Submit 3 of your favorite recipes to be included in the book. See Jennifer Robinson, JoAnn Robinson or Deacon Charron for details.
In Harmony With God: 200th Anniversary Concert Series @ Faith Church
June 9, 2019 Norma Sproul, Soprano
August 25, 2019 Carrie Wilson, Soprano
September 22, 2019 William Beckham, Pianist
October 27, 2019 Earl Gardner, Bass and Patricia Gray, Soprano
Wayne Dixon, Minister of Music
Save the Date
October 19 for Faith’s Fashion Show and Luncheon
How Careful Are You When Online?
When you are reading your email, do you click on attachments from people you don’t know? Do you click on attachments from people you do know without verifying that they sent you something? What about free things, like games, you can download – how careful are you? Do you back up your work to the cloud or a portable hard drive? How are you protecting yourself? In Baltimore and Beyond, a Stolen N.S.A. Tool Wreaks Havoc By NICOLE PERLROTH and SCOTT SHANE
American cities are being hijacked with an N.S.A. cyberweapon that has already done billions of dollars in damage overseas. The N.S.A. will say nothing. Read the NY Times article HERE.
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Save the Date: The first Annual Meeting of the newly formed Together, As One Conference (CT, MA and RI) will be Nov. 1 – 2, 2019, in Worcester, MA
Revolutionary Love Project Founder to Keynote Annual Meeting
Valarie Kaur, founder of the Revolutionary Love Project, will be the keynote speaker at the first Annual Meeting of the new Together As One Conference, to be held Nov. 1 and 2 in Worcester, MA. Kaur is a Sikh racial justice activist, civil rights lawyer, award-winning filmmaker, educator and author of Revolutionary Love. Kaur sees love as a public ethic and shared practice to be used in the fight for social justice. She believes “the way we make change is just as important as the change we make.”
The Annual Meeting will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1 and 2, at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. This will be the first Annual Meeting of the new Together As One Conference, assuming its formation is approved by the UCC’s national gathering in June.
The UCC General Synod will take place in Milwaukee, WI on June 21-25, 2019 and the Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut Conferences are collaborating to sponsor a trip to Youth @ Synod. Youth at Synod is for young leaders ages 13 to 18 who want to experience the vibrant diversity of the wider church. Teens from all over the country will participate in worship and plenary sessions, attend hearings and track resolutions, and join in mission work to serve the greater Milwaukee area. Synod is an opportunity to nurture advocacy skills around justice issues. More information
Youth and Racism
By Isaac Monts, Associate for Justice and Leadership, Connecticut Conference UCC
There are a lot of things that we don’t know about our history, even after taking years of courses in school. For instance, did you know that an African American inventor, Henry Sampson, helped create the first cell phone? Did you know that the automatic doors of an elevator were invented and patented by a black man named Alexander Miles? What about the blood plasma bag. Did you know a black man pioneered that as well? Yeah.. Me either! His name was Charles Richard Drew.
At the heart of our “Did You Know” Youth Racial Justice Program, we look to unmask the covert forms of racism that live within our country, and shed light on information that is commonly unknown in the younger generation.
Read more, and find out how to bring a Youth Racial Justice Program to your church.
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Did you know that the Doc Hurley Scholarship Fund came into existence through the joint efforts of Faith Congregational Church and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving? Rev. Stephen Camp of Faith and Linda Kelly, the former president of the Hartford Foundation, worked together to make this happen. Did you know that Faith gave a contribution of $1500 to help get the fund off the ground? Did you know that Doc Hurley was a member of Faith for 50 years? Did you know that to date the scholarship fund has received more than $40,000?
Mike Anthony: Doc Hurley statue and community response fitting tributes to legendary man
The bronze statue, reaching 10 feet high on its pedestal, captures a dignified and middle-aged Walter “Doc” Hurley and, like Hurley himself did for decades, it stands tall and watches over Hartford’s North End.
It is perfect.
So was this beautiful day, a celebration of all Hurley nurtured and hoped for, an hour spent near the gates of Keney Park, where Hurley spent so much of his time shaping the lives of the city children, and where on Saturday hundreds gathered to march and cheer and hug and, finally, see the long-planned statue unveiled.
Hurley, the Weaver High athletic prodigy of the late 1930s and early 1940s, and the inner city’s powerful heartbeat until his death in 2014, would have been so proud of what took place at the corner of Greenfield Street and Ridgefield Street — not necessarily because of a statue or because he was honored in a way so few are, but because the entire production was a show of force by a community he worked tirelessly to empower through love, patience, the occasional kick in the rear end, and a lifetime of purpose that was a guiding light.
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Connecticut’s debt-free college program called an investment
HARTFORD — The debt-free community college program that is part of the new state budget being acted on Tuesday will cost up to $8.1 million in the first year, according to the state Office of Fiscal Analysis.
Supporters, however, hailed it as an investment in the future of Connecticut. “This pathway to a debt-free community college empowers students to gain the skills they need to fuel our state’s economy,” said State Sen. Will Haskell, D-Westport, a co-chair of the legislature’s higher education committee and a champion of the legislation.
The plan, which would go into effect in the fall of 2020, will allow first-time college students to earn up to 72 college credits without incurring debt. Read more HERE.
CT to add five conditions for medical marijuana use
Michelle H. Seagull, commissioner of the state Department of Consumer Protection (DCP), on Monday accepted five new conditions for the state’s medical marijuana program. The conditions were recommended by DCP’s board of physicians at its regular meeting on Monday. They will be added to the medical marijuana program’s regulations following approval by the legislature’s Regulations Review Committee. After committee approval, the state will have a total of 36 conditions approved for adults and 10 for patients under 18. Read more HERE.
Bill banning gay panic defense gets final passage in the House
Bill requiring more minority teachers in Connecticut schools goes to Lamont
The House of Representatives gave final passage late Tuesday afternoon to a bill designed to sharply increase, and retain, the number of teachers of color in Connecticut classrooms.
The Senate unanimously passed the bill on May 28. It now goes to Gov. Ned Lamont, who applauded legislative approval of the bill, for signing.
Lamont pointed out that while more than 40 percent of Connecticut’s student population are people of color, only 8.7 percent of the state’s public school teachers are minorities. Read more HERE.
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City of Hartford Job Opportunities
The City of Hartford is currently hiring:
- Finance – Data Input Clerk
- Families, Children, Youth & Recreation – Early Learning Center Teacher
- Families, Children, Youth & Recreation – Early Learning Center Teacher Assistant
- Emergency Services & Telecommunications – Dispatcher Trainee
- Health & Human Services – Sanitarian I & II (90 Day Temp)
- Building & Trades – Inspector II
- Families, Children, Youth & Recreation – Life Guard (Seasonal)
- Public Works – Maintainer I
- Health & Human Services – Nutritionist I
- Health & Human Services – Sanitarian Inspector
- Families, Children, Youth & Recreation – Senior Day Care Teacher
- Human Resources – Senior Analyst
- Families, Children, Youth & Recreation – Senior Life Guard
- Development Services – Senior Planner
- Development Services – Zoning Enforcement Officer
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The next Council meeting will be held on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 7 PM, preceded at 6 PM by public comments. All meetings are held in Council Chambers in Hartford City Hall, 550 Main Street, 2nd Floor.
Board of Education Meetings
June 18, 2019 – Annie Fisher
June 4, 2019 – JMA
All workshops are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm., and regular meetings held on the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm. Workshops will not be held in July and August. *Meeting dates/locations subject to change.
The City of Hartford, in partnership with The IQuilt Plan Partnership, invites you to kick off a community conversation about this question by participating in an online survey, at www.hartford400.org.
We want you to think big!
Your responses will help shape the development of a comprehensive plan for Hartford’s future.
To get the latest updates about this planning process, including future opportunities to participate, be sure to sign up for our mailing list at www.hartford400.org.
Health & Human Services – Change in Dial A Ride Shuttle Schedule
EFFECTIVE 01/21/2019 there will be a change in the Monday Grocery Shuttle schedule. Please click on image to download complete schedule.
Like Jazz? Want to Keep Up With What’s Happening?
You can add the Hartford Jazz Society’s events to your calendar automatically HERE.
- Connecticut Blues Society’s Black-eyed & Blues Festival, $5,000. The festival in Bushnell Park will be June 22.
- Connecticut Public Affairs Network’s 2019 Summer Concert Series, $2,400. The concerts will be June 7 to Sept. 27 at the Old State House.
- Connecticut Summerfest, Inc.’s 2019 festival, $5,000. The music composition and performance event will be June 13 to 19 at University of Hartford in West Hartford.
- Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra’s spring performances, $2,500. The four concerts, at Wadsworth Atheneum and Cyril & Methodius Church in Hartford, will be between March 31 and June 2.
- International Hartford’s One World Market World Arts Concert Series, $3,500. The Hartford world-music concerts will be between May 13 and July 22.
The Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the Old State House, and UConn Humanities Institute -UCHI formed a community engagement partnership to present Encounters, a series focused on encouraging informed and informal conversations about issues that affect our lives. The aim is to strengthen our ability to know ourselves and to develop a forum for respectful and challenging dialogue. Click HERE for more information.
African American Literature Book Club @ Downtown Hartford Public Library
June 4: The Good Lord Bird, by James McBride
July 2: Minority Leader: How to Lead from the Outside and Make Change,by Edna Jordon
August 6: Hopes and Expectations: The Origins of the Black Middle Class in Hartford, by Suzanne Holliday-Thomas
Sept. 3: The Sellout: A Novel, by Paul Beatty
The AAL Book Club is for anyone interested in reading and discussing African American literature, both fiction and nonfiction, as well as sharing information and learning about the African American experience. It is an opportunity for us to get to know each other while we engage in lively and stimulating discussion of topics of interest to us all.
Please RSVP to Carolyn Korber at email@example.com.
The New W-4 Form Changes Could Make Your Life A Lot Harder
Our office will be holding our 12th annual Free Dental Day on Friday, June 7th, 2019 at our office. This event is to support those in our community without dental insurance who are in need of dental services.
Dr. Brian Vaughn
Dr. Ruo Hong Zhai
Dr. Daniel Zaffetti
Dr. Rohit Gupte
Vaughn Family Dentistry
Dr. Salvatore Florio, D.D.S, M.D
The Facial Surgery Center
Free dental exam, x-rays, extractions and simple dental treatment
Vaughn Family Dentistry
2 Corporate Drive
Trumbull, CT 06611
Friday, June 7th, 2019
from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Who is eligible:
Children and Adults of all ages
No advance appointments will be made. Patients will be seen on a first come first-served basis. Please arrive as early as possible as we reserve the right to limit the number of patients to be seen. Treatment is limited to the most needed services that can be completed in one visit, such as x-rays, exams, fillings or extractions. Treatment is for those in need who do not have dental insurance.
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Do you know about this? Footwear with Care provides new shoes and socks to homeless folks. Read all about their work and look for the next date if you know someone who might need shoes.
Chicago Steppin’ Dance Classes
Mondays through End of June | 6 pm – 7 pm
Atrium, Downtown Library, 500 Main Street
Open to beginners and all levels! Come by for a Chicago Style Steppin Dance Class by the Hartford City Steppers. Taught by experienced instructors Princeton Hayes and Jannett Jennings. This is a partnered dance class, but all are welcome to come as individuals, a couple, or a group.
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Live in Hartford? Get Your Free Tickets Today!
Hartford residents who are Hartford Public Library cardholders can now reserve up to 2 free tickets to plays at Hartford Stage as part of our new partnership. Each of the seven branches of Hartford Public Library will have a two-ticket pass per eligible show. Patrons can check online to see where passes are available, but they must ask for them in person at any of the seven Library locations. Once you have reserved the tickets at a Library branch, you must confirm the seats by calling the box office at Hartford Stage, 860-527-5151.
Do you know your history? African American Geneology Resources
Every Month is Faith History Month Because Hartford History IS American History
Faith is celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2019
Faith Congregational Church has a 200-year legacy that includes a noteworthy collection of historical materials. “We have an amazing collection of historical papers and photographs here at our church. We have a number of bibles dating back our early days, including the Pennington bible,” says Rev. Stephen W Camp, senior pastor. Pennington, the first black student to attend Yale University, was an escaped slave who became known as a preacher and writer and was a leader in the abolition movement. He and his congregation provided leadership and funds in the legal campaign for the release of the Mende people taken hostage in the Amistad case.
Our own Pennington Bible is on loan to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and is on exhibit in the Slavery to Freedom Gallery.
Want to go to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture?
Same-day timed entry passes are available online beginning at 6:30 a.m. ET daily until they run out. Same-day passes are not available via phone. CHECK SAME-DAY AVAILABILITY
Advance timed entry passes for individuals are released monthly. Advance timed entry passes for individuals are released on the first Wednesday of each month. The next day for passes to be released will be Wednesday July 3. Passes go very quickly when released.
Every Month is Women’s History Month Because Women’s History IS Everyone’s History
Under a proposed redesign of the $20 bill, Harriet Tubman would have replaced Andrew Jackson. Universal History Archive/Getty Images
WASHINGTON — Harriet Tubman — former slave, abolitionist, “conductor” on the Underground Railroad — will not become the face of the $20 bill until after President Trump leaves office, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday. Read the entire article HERE.
Suicides are at the highest rate in decades, CDC report shows
Suicide is rare, but it’s increasing in America.
The suicide rate is the highest it’s been in decades, the latest warning sign of a worsening public health issue in America that needs far more attention. According to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 47,000 Americans died by suicide in 2017. Put another way, the suicide rate was 14 people in every 100,000 — up 33 percent from 10.5 people per 100,000 in 1999. Read more HERE.
Americans own an estimated 265 million guns, more than one gun for every adult. Data from the Gun Violence Archive reveals there is a mass shooting – defined as four or more people shot in one incident, not including the shooter – nine out of every 10 days on average. Click HERE for an interactive map.
Criminal Justice Bills in the Legislature
Juvenile Car Theft Bill Headed To Lamont’s Desk
by Lisa Backus | Jun 5, 2019 5:46pm
HARTFORD, CT — The House handily passed a bill hours before the close of session Wednesday that would allow juveniles charged with car theft to seek services rather than face adult prosecution.
SB 504 gives juveniles the opportunity to go into treatment and have the supervision of a probation officer for a specific amount of time rather than go through the juvenile or adult court system. Read more HERE.
Police Accountability Passes House With Near Party-Line Vote
by Lisa Backus | Jun 5, 2019 8:51pm
HARTFORD, CT — After nearly three hours of questions by Republicans, the House passed police accountability legislation Wednesday that would change the way law enforcement and prosecutors release information after a serious use-of-force incident.
SB 380 requires the release of body or dashboard camera video within 96 hours of an incident upon request. It’s a massive change in the way most police departments release information.
The bill passed unanimously in the Senate a week ago. It reshapes the way police handle use-of-force incidents and fatalities by requiring certain details to be made public on request within a set period of time, and by prohibiting police from firing into fleeing vehicles. Read more HERE.
Prosecutor Transparency Bill Headed To Lamont’s Desk
by Lisa Backus | Jun 4, 2019 10:48pm
HARTFORD, CT —The House unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that would provide more transparency on how prosecutors do their jobs.
SB 880 requires prosecutors to collect a wide range of arrest and sentencing data for public view and would also allow indigent defendants to have representation during parole hearings.
“Prosecutors have a great deal of authority, flexibility and autonomy,” Rep. Steven Stafstrom, D-Bridgeport said. The public puts a great deal of trust in prosecutors, but at the moment the state has an outdated way of collecting data, Stafstrom said. “This tries to reform our way of tracking data,” he added. Read more HERE.
INCARCERATED/DETAINED YOUTH – AN EXAMINATION OF CONDITIONS OF CONFINEMENT
Read the report “INCARCERATED/DETAINED YOUTH – AN EXAMINATION OF CONDITIONS OF CONFINEMENT” published by the CT Office of the Child Advocate HERE. This report discusses what happens to young people who are detained or incarcerated in CT. The report was published in January 2019.
OJJDP Bulletin Summarizes Juvenile Arrests
Today, OJJDP released “Juvenile Arrests, 2016.” This bulletin describes the current arrest trends for juveniles from 1980 to 2016, using data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Report.
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Check out these familiar – and new – prayer resources:
- The Upper Room
- Beliefnet (new)
- Our Daily Bread
- Prayer: The Ultimate Lifestyle (new)
- When God Says No
- Going Deeper in Prayer (new)
- The Strength and Power of Prayer
- Bible Verses About Prayer
- Guideposts: The Power of Prayer
- The Power of Prayer
- James 5:16b
- The Power of Prayer: Enhance Your Life
- Creating the Beloved Community
- What Happens to Your Brain When You Pray?
- Prayers About Gun Violence
- Put the Power in Prayer
- Strength and Power in Prayer
What Do We Believe?
We believe in God:
Who created and is creating, who has come to us
To reconcile and make new, who works in us and others by his spirit.
We trust him.
Jesus calls us to be his church:
To celebrate his presence, to live and serve others,
To seek justice and resist evil, to proclaim Jesus,
Crucified and risen, our judge and our hope.
In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us.
We are not alone.
Thanks be to God. Amen.
(from United Church of Canada)