Sat, Jan 6 & Sun, Jan 7
(All calendar listings are subject bto change due to weather events.)
Sat, Jan 6
- MUSIC AROUND TOWN
- Shannon Door: Apres Ski w/ Marty Quirk 4-6pm / Mike & Becca • 6-9pm
- Red Parka Pub: Shark Martin • 8-11pm
- Wildcat Tavern: Jonathan Sarty • 7-9pm • $5 cover
- Black Mountain: Randy Messineo • 3:30-5:30pm
- Thorne Hill Inn: Piano Lounge •:
- Ledge Brewing: Clandestine Funk • 6-9pm
Sun, Jan 7 – Epiphany Weekend
8am • Zoom only due to snow storm recovery (anticipated)
- Join us for poetry, prayer and conversation
- WORSHIP SERVICE with COMMUNION & EPIPHANY OBSERVANCE
(In-person & Zoom) **Please choose whatever option is safe for you given the forecast of snow storm **
10:30am • JCC & ZOOM
- Music: Sharon Novak
- Message: Rev Gail Doktor
- Or join us over Zoom:
11:30am • JCC Parish Hall
- XC SKIING:
- DOWNHILL SKIING:
- Community Event: SNOWSHOE
1:30pm • Tin Mountain Conservation Center, Albany
- Join Outreach Coordinator, Heather McKendry, for a slow-paced walk that explores the Tin Mountain Conservation trails in Albany, NH. Outdoor highlights include an 1800s quarry and beaver pond, while inside the Nature Learning Center you will find animal mounts and a gem & mineral collection. Winter is the perfect season to see animal tracks and evidence of our year-round residents. Variable trail conditions, so bring traction devices if you have them.
- Once the snow flies, the walks will be snowshoe tours and members may borrow snowshoes from TMCC while non-members can rent snowshoes. We have all sizes!
- Non-member tour: $15/pp or $25/household & snowshoe rentals $15pp
- Members are Free and may borrow snowshoes to use on property, so consider becoming a member
- Click here to register or call 603-447-6991. Walk ins welcome.
- MUSIC AROUND TOWN
- Shannon Door: Bobby Sheehan • 6-9pm
- Red Parka Pub: Scott Baer • 5-7pm
- Black Mountain: Chris Schalick • 3:30-5:30pm
- Thorne Hill Inn • Piano Lounge
Led by JCC Deacons, Music with Maisie Brown
Worship has concluded and the live-stream link is closed. Recording of worship will be posted later.
8am interfaith gathering
We will **not meet** this week (since Rev Gail is on vacation). Note: Next Sunday, we will begin to meet outside at the Pavilion behind the Whitney Community Center: Sunday, May 8 @ 8am. We will continue to offer a hybrid option with a zoom link made available by contacting the church.
10:30am Worship with Communion
• Led by the deacons
• Featuring the music of pianist Maisie Brown.
• Scripture: Road to Emmaus
This week we will gather in-person and also offer live-streaming (non-interactive option) over Facebook and posted to the this website starting Sunday, May 1st @ 10:15am, since Rev Gail & Chris Doktor are on vacation (and they currently constitute JCC’s zoom tech team). This is a communion Sunday, so if you’re participating at home, please prepare your beverages and food to join us at the time of communion during the service.
SAT, Jan 1st, 2022
- Community Events: MUSIC AROUND TOWN
- Red Parka: Riley Parkhurst Project • 8-11pm
- Shannon Door: Sheehan & Holden • 7-10pm
- Shovel Handle Pub: Ryan st Onge • 530-8:30pm
- Wildcat Tavern: Jeremy Dean • 6-9pm
SUN, Jan 2nd, 2022
- INTERFAITH GATHERING ZOOM & IN-PERSON
8am • Old Red Library next to church (indoors) & Zoom link with password required.
Poetry and conversation. Join us. Bring your own hot beverage on cold mornings!
- EPIPHANY WORSHIP ZOOM & IN-PERSON – Epiphany and Communion
10:30am • Zoom link with password required.
- Live music by Alan Labrie
- Epiphany celebration
- Choral songs
- In-person attendance requires social distancing and masking for all attendees (additional precautions may be changed based on COVID stats and CDC guidelines).
- Service will also be live-streamed to website and Facebook (if technology supports this function on the day of event). Afterward, recordings of worship service will be posted to Facebook, Vimeo.com channel & Youtube.com channel.
- Community Events: MUSIC AROUND TOWN
- Red Parka: Blue Sunday with L&M Rhythm Kings • 5-8pm
- Shannon Door: Riley & Dan Parkhurst • 6-9pm
Meditation on cup & bread, love & service
In the poor man who knocks at my door, in my ailing mother, the young man who seeks my advice, the Lord Himself is present: therefore let us wash His feet. — CS Lewis
Maundy Thursday’s Text — John 13:1-17, 31-35
13Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper 3Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, 4got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. 5Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. 6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” 7Jesus answered, “You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” 8Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.” 9Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 10Jesus said to him, “One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.” 11For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, “Not all of you are clean.” 12After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? 13You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. 14So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. 16Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. 17If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.
Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. 33Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ 34I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Meditations on Bread, Cup and Service
Serving with Hands and Feet
Give your hands to serve and your hearts to love. — Mother Teresa
It is hard to feel bad about yourself when you are doing something good for someone else. There are a lot of ways to lift your self-esteem, but making a positive difference in another’s life has got to be my best leadership guidance. Serving others and working to add value to them will lift your spirits in a way that nothing else will. Trust me on this one. — John C. Maxwell
Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. — Dalai Lama
What people see you do may not be remembered; what they hear you say may be forgotten; but how they feel your intervention in their times of need will forever be remembered. ― Israelmore Ayivor
You never know when a helping hand will change another person’s entire life. — Zig Ziglar
Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way. — Swami Vivekananda
The happiest people I’ve ever met, regardless of their profession, their social standing, or their economic status, are people that are fully engaged in the world around them. The most fulfilled people are the ones who get up every morning and stand for something larger than themselves. They are the people who care about others, who will extend a helping hand to someone in need or will speak up about an injustice when they see it. — Wilma Mankiller
We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say “It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.” Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes. The highest test of the civilization of any race is in its willingness to extend a helping hand to the less fortunate. — Booker T. Washington
There are only four kinds of people in the world – those who have been caregivers, those who are caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers. — Rosalynn Carter
Bread as Sacred Element
There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread. ― Mahatma Gandhi
When I hold a piece of bread, I look at it, and sometimes I smile at it. The piece of bread is an ambassador of the cosmos offering nourishment and support. Looking deeply into the piece of bread, I see the sunshine, the clouds, the great earth. Without the sunshine, no wheat can grow. Without the clouds, there is no rain for the wheat to grow. Without the great earth, nothing can grow. That is why the piece of bread that I hold in my hand is a wonder of life. — Thich Nhat Hahn
There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread. ― Mother Teresa
Bread for myself is a material question. Bread for my neighbor is a spiritual one. – Nikoli Berdyaev
Even in the inevitable moments when all seems hopeless, men know that without hope they cannot really live, and in agonizing desperation they cry for the bread of hope. — Martin Luther King, Jr
Jesus has made Himself the Bread of Life to give us life. Night and day, He is there. If you really want to grow in love, come back to the Eucharist, come back to that Adoration. — Mother Teresa
In biblical times, bread (“lechem”) was such an important element of the diet that sometimes the word was synonymous with food in general.* Indeed, the prophet Ezekiel imagines God’s meting out punishment by breaking the “staff of bread.”* Its importance helps explain why special grain offerings featuring cakes (unleavened) were offered as sacrifices in the Temple. Remnants of bread’s importance survive in that the blessing for bread retains its primacy in the hierarchy of food blessings and that full grace after meals (birkat ha-mazon) is not required unless bread has been eaten. — David Arnow
Bread is vital to Christians. It symbolizes the living presence of Jesus, reminds us of our need for divine and human nourishment, and reminds us of our obligation to alleviate the world’s hungers. — Mary Boys
Cup & Fruit of Vine as Sacred Element
We bear fruit not by squeezing it out of ourselves but because we are extensions of the vine, pruned by the gardener-God who wants us to be fruitful and to be drawn into the unity of the Father and Son. God’s love, presence, and pruning are gifts. But we do choose the abiding place of our soul. If we want to bear Jesus’ fruit, then we choose to abide in him, which we will learn in John 15:9 means to abide in his love. — Meda Stamper
This supernatural bread and this consecrated chalice are for the health and salvation of mankind. — Cyprian
In that first ‘fusion’ with Jesus (holy communion), it was my Heavenly Mother again who accompanied me to the altar for it was she herself who placed her Jesus into my soul. — Therese of Lisieux
Have a great love for Jesus in his divine Sacrament of Love; that is the divine oasis of the desert. It is the heavenly manna of the traveller. It is the Holy Ark. It is the life and Paradise of love on earth. — Peter Julian Eymard
Recognize in this bread what hung on the cross, and in this chalice what flowed from His side… whatever was in many and varied ways announced beforehand in the sacrifices of the Old Testament pertains to this one sacrifice which is revealed in the New Testament. — Saint Augustine
When we have been to Holy Communion, the balm of love envelops the soul as the flower envelops the bee. — John Vianney
I hunger for the bread of God, the flesh of Jesus Christ …; I long to drink of his blood, the gift of unending love. — Ignatius of Antioch
If we but paused for a moment to consider attentively what takes place in this Sacrament, I am sure that the thought of Christ’s love for us would transform the coldness of our hearts into a fire of love and gratitude. — Angela of Foligno
If you cannot find Christ in the beggar at the church door, you will not find Him in the chalice. — Saint John Chrysostom