Follow Jesus: The Light of the World 5 weeks beginning June 7 through July 5
Come for a light supper at 6:45 p.m. and join dis-cussion around five scripture passages that talk about Jesus lighting up dark places (this summer’s Vacation Bible School theme). We will wrap up this informal group conversation and prayer time around 8:00 p.m.
There will be a spoken Thanksgiving prayer service at Christian Union Congregation church in West Groton at 10am. Please join us if you are available.
Begun Feb. 17th, the mid-week Prayer Service continues (until March 16th) each Wednesday at 7 p.m. incorporating a Lenten Series entitled “Continuing in the Covenant of Baptism,” as published by Augsburg Fortress in their ‘Sundays and Seasons’ periodical. Continue reading Lenten Prayer Service Changes
SOV Midweek Lenten Series – The Tree of Life
“Rom, Basilika San Clemente, Apsis 1” by Dnalor 01 – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rom,_Basilika_San_Clemente,_Apsis_1.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Rom,_Basilika_San_Clemente,_Apsis_1.jpg
Our Midweek Lenten series “Tree of Life” will begin on Wednesday, February 25th and will take place at 7 pm each Wednesday evening through March 25th. “Many world religions use the image of the tree of life when depicting their central beliefs and values. For Christians, that tree of life is the cross.” (Sundays and Seasons, p.112, Augsburg Fortress)
Each week a scripture passage and a hymn will illumine the cross of Christ as our tree of life.
• February 25 – The tree of life in Eden is given, and then denied.
• March 4 – God will transform the low tree into the tree of life.
• March 11 – We hold fast to wisdom, as if it were the very tree of life.
• March 18 – The mustard bush is a tree of life only in a hidden way.
• March 25 – Love, joy, peace, patience… are fruits of the tree of life.
All are welcome to attend this five part Lenten series.
Wednesday, December 17th, 7:00 PM – Advent Service (a meditation on the verses of O Come, O Come Emmanuel)
O Come, O Come Emmanuel!
This is probably one of the most familiar hymns we sing during Advent. But did you know that this hymn is centuries old, and that it is based on something called the O Antiphons? Continue reading SOV – December 17th – Advent Service
A Thank You from Newtown CT
The Shepherd of the Valley Prayer Shawl Ministry received a “Thank You” note form the the Prayer Shawl Ministry Coordinator of St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, CT for their act of kindness and caring.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry was blessed with three extra shawls that were not designated at the time, so when the Newtown tragedy struck, we prayed over the shawls and sent them to this Catholic church, which had at least 7 members who were killed in the shooting. We were so moved to be able to send them to the church, as we usually have no extra shawls, so we felt it was God’s doing. It was a small gesture for us to reach out, making us feel better somewhat, also.