Participate in Virtual Church

There’s all kinds of ways to participate in virtual church! If you (or your household or family) want to read scripture, all you need is a device to record a video and to be able to send that in (either by Dropbox or Google Drive). When you sign up, the scripture will be sent to you with more detailed instructions. 

When you sign up below, please indicate what date and what you would like to help with. Thank you for volunteering!

Scripture Readers
February 14 – Open
February 21 – Open
March 7 – Open
March 14 – Open

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A Year in Photos

2020 has been a difficult year. Even though we’ve been apart, it’s our relationships that have brought us even closer together. As the year draws to a close, and we look hopefully into the future, enjoy this slideshow of photos throughout the year!

Note: any photos with large groups of people, lacking masks and social distancing, were taken before mid-March 2020.

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Virtual Christmas Eve

Join us as we celebrate Christmas at home this year! There will be brass, organ, candlelight, and all the sparkle and warmth of our usual Christmas Eve services. While we wish we could be together in person, we know this is the way we can love ourselves and our neighbor by staying at home.

You can join us in a few ways!

We will be streaming live at 4 PM EST on Thursday, December 24 on Zoom, Facebook and here on our website. Can’t make it at 4 PM? Don’t worry. You can watch the video later at any time on both Facebook and the website.…

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Advent Blog 2020 – Devotional Download

My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for God has looked on the humble estate of his servant… God has brought down the mighty from their throne, and exalted those of humble estate; the Holy One has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich God has sent away empty.” — the Gospel of Luke

The final Advent Candle is the candle which symbolized Love. This is appropriate as we recognize the Christ child as Love incarnate (since, after all, God is love). This has been a difficult year for love. We have found so many ways to be divided and “take care of our own.” Mary’s Canticle when she is carrying her child speaks of how God’s love will lift up those who are hungry for love, for justice, for well-being. We are called to be that love in action in the world. Let Christ’s light remind you that love is not scarce – there is enough for all. And love never decreases as we share it. It only multiplies.

Adapted from Dr. Marcia McFee’s Advent Resource

In the days following Christmas, invite love in.
Practice a “Loving Kindness” meditation.
Consider where love has moved you in this difficult year.
Write a card to someone that you love.

“Love came down at Christmas” by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, love divine;
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and angels gave the sign.

Worship we the Godhead,
Love incarnate, love divine;
Worship we our Jesus:
But wherewith for sacred sign?

Love shall be our token,
Love shall be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and to all men,
Love for plea and gift and sign.…

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Advent Blog 2020 – Music Moment

Our final Tuesday Music Moment features this anthem from our Virtual Choir directed by Rev. Chad Kidd.

First Congregational Church of Reading, United Church of Christ
Virtual Choir, directed by Rev. Chad Kidd
“In Silence We Wait”
Words by John Parker; Music by Lloyd Larson; 2000 Hal Leonard Corporation. #A712439

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Blue Christmas Service – Dec. 21

Blue Christmas is a time when we hold tenderly the difficult emotions the holidays bring. For many of us (especially in 2020), the holidays are not the most wonderful time of the year. If you are grieving, lonely, isolated, tired, weary, angry, or just need a place to be on the Longest Night of the year, you are welcome to this virtual service of prayer, music, and virtual Communion.

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