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United Church of Christ

533 Route 28, Harwich Port, MA 02646 | Phone: 508-432-1668

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Waves of Faith-February 9, 2018

For the last month our worship theme has been Racism. In my sermons I have talked a lot about the history of Pilgrim Church and how it was founded by abolitionists in 1854. I have also researched the history of Cape Cod during the middle of the 19th century to discover that this was a very active place for the abolitionist movement. 

            In one sermon I told about Jonathan Walker, a local sea captain who took a job in Florida and began to help slaves escape by ship to the British West Indies where slavery was illegal. Walker was captured, tortured and had his hand branded SS  to stand for slave stealer. Many abolitionists saw him as a Slave Savior. After serving time in prison he became a popular abolitionist speaker. 

            In another sermon I talked about the first  national Anti-Slavery Convention held in 1841 at the Nantucket Athaneum where a recent slave up from Maryland now living in New Bedford brought the house down with his speech. Frederick Douglas found his voice and his audience on  Nantucket on August 12, 1841 and went from there to become a national phenomenon. The sermons are all available in audio version at this link or video version using this link.

This week I have asked members of the congregation to share your stories of your own journeys in building a world where we examine our privilege and build racial equality. The response has been wonderful, and we have 6 voices from the congregation - each with a story to tell in Sunday’s sermon. 

       Just today I heard this from Carrie Wailgum: 

I wanted to share a little story with you about our experience in the south.  George was in the Navy when we were married in 1960.  After our brief honeymoon, he returned to his ship in Key West, FL.   I was teaching at the time and a friend and I drove to Key West when school was out.  George was playing on a Navy baseball team, and so I spent many evenings watching his  games.  One time when I arrived the bleachers were quite full.  I finally spotted an open area and went up and sat down next to a black girl who's husband was playing on the team with George.  It didn't dawn on me until later that the reason there was room in that area was because she was black and no one else wanted to sit near her.  I enjoyed her company.   


Join us on Sunday for worship at 10 a.m. or follow along on Facebook Live at 10:20 a.m.

This year, Ash Wednesday falls on Valentines Day.  We have a very special evening planned at the church.  

5 p.m. Supper with special Valentines dessert.  

5:45 - 6:15 Introduction to the Forgiveness Series - "What are the Steps in Learning to Forgive?”   Led by Rev. Susan and based on the book  Don’t Forgive Too Soon. 

6:30  - 7 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service in the Sanctuary  - Join us for a short service of readings, reflection and music with a few valentines                     surprises, just for fun.  

Posted: Friday February 9, 2018