Scripture: (cf. Leviticus 19:9-18 and Deuteronomy 6:46)
The translation (of which there are many) of how Jesus responds to the scribe in v.34 is at question in this passage. I suggest that we get at the heart of it if we take it for what it says most directly, which has it that Jesus “sees” that the scribe answers “intellectually” — with his mind (not his heart, soul, strength, etc. — compare v.30). Many commentators note that Jesus is “sort of” commending the scribe (or so it seems on the surface). It is likely that this scribe thought that he “nailed it” and was hoping for Jesus to say “you got it”! Jesus does less than that. What is the scribe not saying or doing here that shows Jesus that he is not quite getting the point of the scripture he just quoted? What is it that might be missing in our own personal “heady” versions of Presbyterian-esque faith?
Join us for Worship at 10:30 a.m., and for coffee and fellowship after the service. All are welcome!
“Embracing Differences” – Church Nave Gallery
Once a year, the Nave Gallery collaborates with the Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church to create a social justice gallery show, underscoring the assertion that art is a vehicle through which conversations on social change can be held, compelling people to action. The exhibition will be part of the Learn to Talk Social Justice Series organized by the CHPC from September through November, including opportunities for action, education and reflection. The show will be up from October 4th through October 31st.
Pastor Allen Regular Office Hours
He will be in the church office during the following times unless called away:
Mondays and Thursdays: 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
1st and 3rd Monday evenings: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday afternoons: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Rev. Fairfax is generally available for pastoral concerns or other church business at most other times as well, so don’t hesitate to contact him outside of these office hours.
Please drop by the church or contact him: 508-801-7294 (cell)/617-625-4823 (office), firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CHPC Bible Study
Bible study meets at Porter Square Panera Bread every other Wednesday. For details on dates, time, place, and more information, please contact Kevin. (email@example.com)
CHPC Fellowship: All Saints Dinner
Saturday, November 7th, 5:00 p.m., Salvatore’s Restaurant, 55 High Street, Medford, MA. In honor of former “saint” Sal Fazzolari, we will meet at the Italian restaurant, where we can talk about the people in our lives who helped us on our faith journey – whether it is relatives, friends, fellow church members, pastors, youth group leaders, Sunday school teachers, etc. That will be the starting point for our conversation, but certainly not the only topic! We’d like to make reservations, so please RSVP by Friday, November 6th at 3:00 p.m., to Ellen (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have questions, or need a ride, please get in touch with Ellen. Everyone is welcome!
Guest Preacher – Denis Sullivan
Sunday, November 15th. Denis will be speaking on the refugee crisis. We will be collecting items to send to Syrian mothers and infants/children via a container on a ship, through the local organization NuDay Syria. (http://www.nudaysyria.net/home.html). Under projects, you can find more information about containers. Examples of much needed items are clothes, coats, shoes, boots, new underwear and socks, female hygiene products, diapers, soap, powdered detergent, sleeping bags, blankets, soccer balls, stuffed animals, non-battery operated toys.
Food items needed include rice, flour, cooking oil, sugar, cans or bags of tuna, food high in protein such as peanut butter or nutella, energy bars, protein drinks, powdered and liquid milk and *always* infant milk in any form. All food items must be unexpired and in non-breakable packaging.
You can also get online and order items for containers from Amazon where you get free shipping and great pricing. We have a wish list there and it is very straight-forward to order from them.
Financial donations or full or partial sponsorships of containers are always appreciated. If you are interested in a financial donation, or have questions, please contact Ellen (email@example.com). We don’t have an exact deadline date yet, but feel free to start collecting and bringing in items to church.
CHPC Fellowship: After Church Potluck
Save the date: Our next fellowship event will be on Sunday, November 15th after the service, with a Thanksgiving potluck. Come celebrate Thanksgiving with your church family.
Somerville’s Early Head Start Program
We will helping to bring Christmas to several Somerville families this year through Somerville’s Early Head Start program. If you’d like to help coordinate a portion of this effort, please contact Ellen (firstname.lastname@example.org). The tree with gift suggestions will be at the back of sanctuary on the Sunday before Thanksgiving; look for it on November 22nd.
CHPC Fellowship: Christmas Caroling
Our December fellowship event will be caroling, on Sunday, December 13th, after coffee hour. We will visit local members and friends, and warm up with some hot chocolate afterwards!
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Prayer Request Email
The Deacons are in the process of setting up an online prayer request list. This will be a closed group (to insure privacy.) If you would like to be a member of the group so that you can ask for prayers, and have others pray for you, please send an email to Ellen (email@example.com). Once we have everything set up, we will share information about the group with the congregation, so that others can join.