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Annisquam
Village Church

820 Washington St.
Gloucester, MA

Annisquam Village Church Logo

Annisquam
Village Church

820 Washington St.
Gloucester, MA

A Thriving Spiritual Community

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“Being the Best”

“Being the Best”

It is always wonderful to work hard at something and see the results: to get good marks in school or make the scoring goal that wins the soccer game. It gives you joy to be a good artist or the best at long-jumps – and it makes you feel proud. But some people want to be the very best all the time. They like the power of being the best, or the strongest or the fastest.
In the story I will read on Sunday morning, Jesus’ followers (his disciples) are walking down the road, arguing with each other about who is the greatest. But they wouldn’t tell Jesus what they were arguing about! But he guessed. So Jesus asked them to gather around him and told them that God doesn’t care about who is the greatest or the most important. God cares about who pays attention to the people who don’t seem important. God wants us to help people who are sad, or lonely. God wants us to serve people who need help, and to welcome strangers.
Jesus said “If anyone wants to be the most important, then he must be last of all and servant of all.”
Then Jesus called over a small child and had the child stand beside him. Jesus said to his disciples “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but God, who sent me.” Here’s a coloring sheet you might enjoy about Jesus’ message.
Who have you welcomed this month? Many of you have just started school and after-school activities, and have met new friends. Or you may have made new friends over the summer. There may also be people in your school or on your team, who are shy, or who are alone. It is hard to be a new person, in a new place. It is hard to feel like you don’t fit in. God wants us to be the best person you can be; to welcome the stranger – the person we don’t know. Everyone you meet has a story – just like you do. Take time to listen to other people’s stories and to share some of your stories. Take time to welcome the stranger.
Next week members of The Vedanta Society of Providence will be joining us for worship on Sunday morning to commemorate Swami Vivekananda’s first public presentation in the United States – held at the Annisquam Village Church! They will share some of their music and traditions with us, and after church will share some yummy Indian treats. Come and welcome these friends of the Village Church!
On Sunday October 3rd, we will be celebrating the life of St. Francis of Assisi during worship and there will be a Blessing of the Animals at 4:00 p.m. All are welcome: people, turtles, cats, dogs, gerbils, hamsters, lizards and stuffed animals, too! Come and enjoy the blessings of two and four-legged creatures!
I hope you greet the week ahead and new friends with a warm welcome.
You are blessed to be a blessing and to be the best person you can be.
~Peg Koller~

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Children’s Lessons return in September

Children’s Lessons return in September

We hope you can join us for church in person or on Zoom each Sunday at 10 o'clock a.m. Check out the new Kid's Corner in the sanctuary! It's filled with books, coloring pages, and other activities for kids. We welcome children to serve as bell ringers, greeters, and lectors. We hope to see you at SeaFair - Aug. 31st beginning at 11 a.m. at the...

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Everything is Made New!

Everything is Made New!

There are 27 (twenty-seven!) books  in the New Testament.  They tell stories and share letters that tell us about Jesus and his followers. More than half of the books in the New Testament are written by the Apostle Paul.  Paul was a well-educated man who spoke at least three languages.  He did not always follow Jesus.  As a matter of fact as a...

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A Day of Celebration – A Message and An Invitation for Children and Families

A Day of Celebration – A Message and An Invitation for Children and Families

This Sunday, the church bells will ring in Annisquam as we gather together in the church for the first time in a very LONG time!  Fifteen months!  We have all changed so much since March of 2020. How tall were you fifteen months ago?   What have you learned since then?  How much have you changed since ?  And how much your life changed?!  WOW!  ...

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Memories and Stories

Memories and Stories

This Monday, May 31st, is Memorial Day.  In 1868, our country set aside a day at the end of May to decorate the graves of those who died in war, with small flags and with flowers. Many people take time on Memorial Day to remember loved ones who have died, to share their stories and memories, and to put flowers on their graves.  It is a day when...

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The Spirit of God Surrounds Us 

The Spirit of God Surrounds Us 

This Sunday we will celebrate Pentecost. It is the birthday of the church and, if we were gathering in the church building,  we would probably have a birthday cake to share after worship!  The church would be decorated with the color red. (We will do these things next year!) At worship this week, you are invited to wear the color red to remind us...

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Connected by Love

Connected by Love

On Sunday we will hear a scripture, from the book of John.     I loved you as the Father loved me. Now remain in my love.  I have obeyed my Father’s commands, and I remain in his love. In the same way, if you obey my commandments, you will remain in my love.  I have told you these things so that you can have the same joy I have. I want your joy...

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Abiding in Love

Abiding in Love

This Sunday, Suzanne Brown will read a verse from the Gospel of John. In this scripture Jesus says to his followers: “Abide in me as I abide in you. “ “Abide” is our word of the day!  It  is a word that we don’t use very much, and it’s important that you understand what it means.  “Abide” means:  to “Stay close to me” or to “stick with me.”   It...

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Love is What We Do

Love is What We Do

This Sunday, Jim O’Neill will read a scripture from one of the books near the end of the new testament.  The scripture is a bit confusing, but here is a summary of what he will read. This is how we know what real love is: Jesus spent his life  helping and caring for others. We too should show our love to others by what we do.. Suppose there is...

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The Tree that Gives Life

The Tree that Gives Life

Then the Lord God planted a garden in the East, in a place called Eden. He put the person he had formed in that garden. The Lord God caused every beautiful tree and every tree that was good for food to grow out of the ground. In the middle of the garden, God put the tree that gives life.  - Genesis 2: 8-9  From the Illustrated Children’s Bible ...

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The Miracle of Easter

The Miracle of Easter

Easter Sunday brings us great joy.  It is a wonderful day to share your love with your family:  with grandparents, cousins or friends.   I hope you always remember that God loves you  just as you are, and is always with you.  May you share your love every day. 

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Palm Sunday and Holy Week

Palm Sunday and Holy Week

This Sunday, Palm Sunday is one week before Easter.  The week between Palm Sunday and Easter is  called “Holy Week.”  We will have two extra worship services before Easter Sunday.  The first will be on the Thursday before Easter, which is called “Maundy Thursday”; it is the day that Jesus shared his last supper with his disciples. The following...

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Trusting in God

Trusting in God

Haven’t the past few days been beautiful!?!  The sun came out, the skies have been blue, and the weather is so warm that flowers started to appear in sunny warm corners. Many years ago I planted crocus bulbs in our garden. After a long cold winter these first flowers of spring give me hope, and remind me that spring will soon be here.  The browns...

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