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The Christmas Story from the Gospel of Luke

The Christmas Story from the Gospel of Luke

by Racquel Ray, Assoc. Minister (Acting)   In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was...

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No Place for Them in the Inn

No Place for Them in the Inn

by Racquel Ray, Assoc. Minister (Acting) And [Mary] gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.[1]  Mary and Joseph responded to the emperor’s decree. It would make sense then that Bethlehem, its synagogues, and Joseph’s ancestors would be aware of the census and the homecoming of their progeny....

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Plans for my sabbatical adventure

Plans for my sabbatical adventure

by Rev. Dr. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister   I am so thankful to the BCCUCC congregation for the opportunity to take a sabbatical this year. It all came about on relatively short notice and has been a bit of a whirlwind getting everything ready (both in the church and personally). Thank you for your support in this endeavor. Below, I lay out some of what I want to accomplish during this time...

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Children in the Church

Children in the Church

By Racquel Ray, Assoc. Minister (Acting) Children’s presence in the community has been acknowledged from Jesus to today. However, at times, the church failed to recognize the importance and contributions of children in its mission. Here at Barrington Congregational Church United Church of Christ, our young folks are integral members of the community. This is in keeping with the Gospel message....

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Where do you find your strength?

Where do you find your strength?

by Rev. Dr. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister   I lift up my eyes to the hills— from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.  (Psalm 121:1-2) Where do you find your strength? We each find ourselves in moments of tiredness and exhaustion. Times when we feel overwhelmed or under-able. Where is it that you turn during those times to find your strength? Your...

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Welcome Home

Welcome Home

by Racquel Ray, Acting Assoc. Minister Welcome Home. About twenty-five years ago when I began ministry, a family member sent me this wooden church as a Christmas present along with a replica of the Barrington Town Hall. I have since added to my collection with a House of the Seven Gables and a replica of the home of Elizabeth Winslow in Salem, MA.  At the time my husband and I were in the United...

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