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A Letter from the Pastor September 4, 2020



To The Original Congregational Church

Our Soul Finds Rest in God

Beloved in Christ,
With grace and peace I greet you as we enter the month of September! For six months our everyday lives have been filled with work and worry about how to respond to all the changes this global pandemic has brought. Can we find a place to rest?

This weekend is Labor Day and we generally enjoy a late summer getaway or gathering with loved ones. These activities are difficult to do in a time of social distancing. How is your soul? With demands on us including new routines in school, work, recreation, and care of loved ones it seems like every day we need a day to rest from our laboring.

Here at the OCC we joyfully extend to you our support, through prayer and worship, to keep finding ways to let our souls be at rest with the Lord. Psalm 62 has us pray, “Our soul finds rest in God alone; our salvation come from the Lord, we shall never be shaken, trust in God at all times, pour out your hearts, for God is our refuge.”

We invite you to keep joining us to share and grow in our “God language” that restores our soul and strengthens us for our journey. This week our live outdoor worship will be at 9:30am and we will have a special musical guest Emma Newton to play for us. On September 13th our Sunday in person service will move to 10:00am and for the month of September, Teddy has wonderful music planned to soothe the soul!

Keep checking online for our worship videos and other faith helps through this season ahead. While our protocols for in person gatherings are deeply impacted because of COVID-19, our OCC staff and leadership will continue to seek ways for us to be a source of spiritual support and strength for our church family. I rejoice to have been asked about weddings and baptisms. Our work to bless one another with the love of God our Creator is truly a great gift.

May you have a blessed Labor Day weekend, and may we all find rest for our souls in the heart and home of our faith here at the OCC!

Pastor Ken