Barre Congregational Church

30 Park Street
Barre, Massachusetts
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Welcome to the Barre Congregational Church United Church of Christ (BCCUCC) website. BCCUCC is a center for community where we live the statement of ministry printed each week in the worship bulletin --

"The mission of the Barre Congregational Church is to serve God, and to spread the word and love of God's risen son, Jesus Christ, to all people through Christian faith and unity. By our words and actions, we will bring love, hope, and acceptance to family and neighbors, respecting all differences and diversities." 

We live according to our statement of ministry in order to bring hope, justice, and love to people wherever they are on their path to knowing The Lord, Jesus Christ, whose ministries of compassion, extravagant hospitality, and love inspire us. 
Welcoming & Serving the Quabbin Area
Worship Services:
Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
Maundy Thursday service -- Thursday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m.

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A Message From Pastor Margaret

The sun is higher and brighter in these 
early spring days…Many of us are ready to 
put away our scarves, winter boots and thick 
coats, not to mention the shovels, snow blowers 
and everything that reminds us of the cold, the ice, 
and the darkness of winter. For others, winter may 
have its own beauty and satisfaction, of course.

The brightness of the sun, high and strong in these early spring days, is a delight, especially when we find that little spot in the house where the warmth of its rays breaks through and gives us the pleasant sensation and comfort on our faces, backs, or feet. Such light and warmth are the special gifts we treasure, as we get ready for the beauty of spring, when we will marvel and celebrate new life all around us.

During this period of Lent, we are going through the darkness of the passion of Christ, the difficult struggle of sweat and cold, of darkness and worries, of death and tears; but we also see the light of Easter waiting for us, when we will celebrate life after death, hope in the resurrection of Christ, of the comfort knowing that it was all done for us, that God is with us in Christ and in Spirit. What comfort to know this and be recipients of this promise.

Life in Christ gives us the fullness of light, warmth and comfort like the sun when it is higher and brighter. Everything our Lord touched turned into life and healing, from cold to warmth, from despair into hope. His love and compassion are, however, stronger than the strongest sunbeam. The hope He gives is never ending…it lifts up the brokenhearted, the lowly in spirit, and fills the empty heart. He is the Lord who died and will rise on the Easter morning, He knows death, He knows all about our despair and struggles. He is familiar with all human suffering. He lifts us out of our winter-darkness into the light.

Life in Christ empowers us to carry within us the same light and love and compassion and healing and forgiveness…all the gifts of the Spirit, in the same way as the sunlight brings forth the new birth, the new life from the earth. Right now, during this early spring, and the height of the sun, we see how new life breaks through the bitter cold of the winter soil, free to bring forth beauty and fruit and color of all kinds.

Let’s free our hearts, like we free ourselves from our winter scarves and boots … to let all the light and warmth in. Let it go deep, and let it dwell and fill every part of our being. Let’s free our hearts to send light and love near and far, to places of cold and hunger, of sadness and loneliness, of pain and hatred.

Let the sun shine brighter in our lives, the way Christ would want it to…

Blessings to you all,

Pastor Margaret

For the season of Lent, we are asking 
people to ADD something to your life 
rather than subtracting something. 
Please give to the Discretionary Fund. 
There are little brown envelopes in 
the pews.

Maundy Thursday is April 18th at 
7:00 p.m. There will be the traditional 
readings by the Diaconate and 
communion as well. It’s a great 
service! There will be no service 
on Good Friday. Easter will be a 
great service as well on April 21st.

From the Church Committee
Hopefully, spring is here and no more snow. We have been lucky with a mild winter. Our winter bills will be soon behind us.

We continue to ask people to remember to help pay off the Roof Loan this year. We are almost there.

We are putting our building repair list together. If you see something that needs repairing, contact the church office.

We wish everyone a warm and sunny spring.

April Worship Services
Worship and Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.

Sunday, March 3, 2019 ~ Transfiguration Sunday- Communion Sunday /Sunday School
Lectionary readings—Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99, 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2, Luke 10:21-24
Deborah Page, organist / the choir directed by Karla Peterson
Deacon— Lisa Holloway
Pastor Margaret Keyser, preaching

Sunday, March 10, 2019 ~First Sunday of Lent—Sunday School
Lectionary readings—Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Psalm 91:1-2,9-16, Romans 10:8b-13, Luke 4:1-13
Deborah Page, organist /Maplewinds Orchestra directed by Dr. Russell Killough-Miller
Deacon— Steve Morrall
Pastor Margaret Keyser, preaching

Sunday, March 17, 2019 ~ Second Sunday of Lent— Sunday School
Lectionary readings—Genesis 15:1-12,17-18, Psalm 27, Philippians 3:17-4:1, Luke 13, 31-35
Deborah Page, organist/ The choir directed by Scott Bryant
Deacon— Janice Handrahan
Pastor Margaret Keyser, preaching

Sunday, March 24, 2019 ~ Third Sunday of Lent– Sunday School
Lectionary readings—Isaiah 55:1-9, Psalm 63: 1-8, 1 Corinthians 10:1-13, Luke 13:1-9
Deborah Page, organist
Deacon— Kevin Fogarty
Pastor Margaret Keyser, preaching

Sunday, March 31, 2019 ~ Fourth Sunday of Lent– Sunday School
Lectionary readings—Joshua 5:9-12, Psalm 32, 2 Corinthians 5:16-21, Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
Deborah Page, organist
Deacon— Jim VanWert
Pastor Margaret Keyser, preaching