Worship


"We are a Community Seeking to Share God's Love"


Current Church Liturgical Season: Pentecost

 


 

Be our Guest at a Sunday Worship Service

Sundays: 10:30 a.m.

We have both in-person worship

and live streaming on Zoom and Facebook Live!

 


 Sign Our Guest Book


 

Download the Sunday Worship Bulletin / Program (PDF) LINK

For the First Sundays of the month, we invite you to participate in the Sacrament of Holy Communion together by gathering bread/pita/cracker and a cup of wine or juice for the service.

 4  Ways to Join Us For Worship:

1. In-person worship We are now worshipping in person! We are following health department guidance with mask-wearing, signing in, hand sanitizing, and distanced seating (on our NEW super-comfortable pew cushions!)

 


2. Worship using Zoom on your computer, tablet, or smartphone:   Zoom LINK 
                            Meeting ID: 623 572 023     Password: 718688    


NOTE: We ask that you keep your computer microphone MUTED, except for the virtual coffee hour, or to share a prayer concern or celebration at the beginning of worship. Thanks!

Zoom Online Help

Beginners Instructions for using Zoom at home   LINK

 

3.  To Listen in by Telephone: 

        Dial 646-558-8656   enter Meeting ID: 623 572 023   and  Password: 718688

  Please keep your phone on MUTE during worship. = *6 to mute and unmute

 

4. Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/RoxburyChurch  

(You do not have to have a Facebook Account to watch.) 

The Live video will appear on this page at approx. 10:35 a.m.

The video will be on that page for watching at a later date as well.

 



Help Support Our Work and Ministries

Supporting the work of the Church

We encourage you to set up electronic giving using our safe and easy partner, Vanco.

You can sign up for a one-time gift or one that can be weekly, monthly, or quarterly, using your credit card or checking account (preferred).

 LINK to Donate

Many have done this and it is has eased the financial pressure at the church these days.

 


 

 

 In-Person Worship in the time of COVID-19

 

 (All is temporary and dependent on health conditions and Newtown Health Dept. guidance)

 

            Health Guidance for now and the foreseeable future:

- If you feel ill or have a temperature above 100.4 within 72 hours, do not attend worship.

Masks are optional for those fully vaccinated. Required for others.

  

If the health situation worsens or if we note folks disregarding these precautions, we will go back to virtual worship only.

Our greatest priority is the safety and well-being of our neighbors and members of our congregation. Our actions impact the world around us so practicing physical distancing is not only necessary but is an act of kindness and love. To paraphrase a verse from the Talmud, "Anyone who saves one life it is as if she has saved the whole world."
Rev. David F. Peters, Minister

 


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The Sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month

 

Each Sunday, children join their families for the first portion of worship. A non-perishable food offering for the Daily Bread Food Pantry in Danbury is received on the first Sunday of each month.


Special portions of worship happen each week through the month:

First Sunday: Sacrament of Communion

Third Sunday: Sharing of a member's Faith Story and the ways God works in our lives

Fourth Sunday: Mission Moment - a sharing of the ways our church reaches out to others.

 

 A Nursery Room (unsupervised) is open each week during worship. There is a stocked changing table there as well as activity items for our youngest children. A speaker in the room allows you to listen in on the service underway.


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Here are several websites that will deliver a daily prayer right to your computer for free!
The United Church of Christ - Still Speaking Devotions

Daily Devotions - FRPCA
Henri Nouwen Daily email
 

Helpful links:

Oremus Bible Browser

 

Bible Pronunciation Guide

 


 

MEMBERSHIP

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Roxbury Congregational Church, please speak with one of the Ministers. They are happy to discuss any concerns or questions you might have about making the commitment to church membership. The Rite of Membership occurs periodically after a member's orientation session. If you are currently a member of another church, a letter of transfer can be arranged. 

We also have an Associate Membership, for those who want to maintain a primary active church membership elsewhere.

For more information, contact the Church Office 860-355-1978.

 



Liturgical Seasons & Colors

Advent

Advent marks the beginning of the church year as we anticipate, watch, and await the birth of the Christ Child. Purple is used during Advent as during Lent, to symbolize the coming of the King and the coming of God's Kingdom. 

 

Christmas

Advent culminates with Christmas, the twelve days we celebrate the birth of Christ. We mark the end of Christmas with the Day of Epiphany. Again, we use our white banners. As with Easter, we are marking events in Christ's life that are filled with hope for us. For Christmas and Epiphany, there is hope in the manifestation that Christ is coming for all people.

 

With a better understanding of the liturgical seasons and symbols, the use of color and fabric can enrich the meaning of the time being celebrated. Our worship is enhanced as we better understand the gracious acts of God, and we are better equipped to go out into the world, and into God's kingdom.

 

Lent

Purple is the primary liturgical color of the season of Lent. Purple can be thought of as a color for royalty, symbolizing the coming King, as well as a somber color, reminding us of the approaching events.

 

Easter

Easter is not just one day, but an entire season. It begins with our celebration of the day of resurrection and continues for fifty days to Pentecost. The season of Easter is marked with white, which can symbolize purity, hope, and Resurrection.

 

Pentecost 

Pentecost is a Christian holiday that takes place on the 50th day after Easter Sunday. It commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ, as described in the Acts of the Apostles. Jesus promised his followers that after he is gone from the earth, that the Holy Spirit would come to be among us and guide us. It is considered by many as the birthday of the church. The color for the day is red.

 

Ordinary Time: The Sundays after Pentecost

The main liturgical color for Ordinary Time is green, symbolizing the spiritual growth and building up of the church. May we find that as a congregation we grow and flourish in much the same way.

 

 


 

 

SNOW CANCELATION POLICY
When there is a significant snowstorm, our ordinary practice will be to proceed with worship as scheduled, unless an official emergency is declared or other factors make it prudent to cancel services. 

In the rare instance in which it is necessary to cancel in-person worship because of weather, a notification will be made via announcements on the church website, the Church's Facebook page, an email broadcast, and on telephone answering message. We would go with Plan "B" which Virtual Worship only on Zoom and Facebook Love, provided that we have power and an internet connection at the Church.

Notice of cancellation or postponement of programs, meetings, and other church events will be made by the leaders of those events via telephone or email. 

Above all, safety and common sense drive our routine, and we want those same guidelines to drive your own decisions about coming to church during bad weather!



We are working to make the world a better place as we provide:

Continuing Testament, 

Extravagant Welcome 

and as we are Changing Lives.

To learn more about the United Church of Christ's Core Values click HERE

 

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