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Dear <<First Name>>, 

Paul often compares the Christian community to family, saying we are all brothers and sisters in Christ, children of God. He uses that analogy in Galatians as well. This week's passage erases all distinctions, "there is neither Jew or Greek, male or female, slave or free," in favor of seeing us all as one big family of God.

In spite of the fact that he is writing to a community in turmoil, Paul speaks of family as a way to bind us to one another. In my experience, some of the most enduring and difficult fights are among family members. I think Paul knew that to be true as well. He calls on us to be family because he wants us to find ways to disagree without being divided, to faithfully stand by one another and not let anything divide us.

That's hard enough with the people we are related to by blood. Now, as Christians, we are supposed to extend that kind of faithful engagement to all children of God, to refuse to be divided by, well, all that divides us. 

Here is where grace comes in. It is only through God's grace, by God's grace, transformed by God's grace that we are able to live with that kind of love and faithfulness to one another. 

Join us on Sunday to talk more about being one Christian family, always working to overcome what divides us.


Pastor Jennifer

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Summer Choir
Summer is a relaxed, informal choir that welcomes all singers. Beginning July 7, we will gather on Sundays at 10:15 to run through a short choral piece and rehearse the hymns for worship. All are welcome.
Special Congregational Meeting
Sunday, July 21, 2019
Immediately After Worship

For the purpose of nominating a Search Committee for
Associate Minister of Faith Formation.

All members are strongly encouraged to attend.
Nominees listed below.
Our Church: Then and Now
Our site on Tottenham Court Road has always had mission, outreach and inclusion at its heart!

After the highly-altered original 1756 Chapel was deemed unsafe and closed in 1889 owing to the numerous burials in the Chapel disturbing the filling of the earlier pond, a campaign to rebuild was launched. The new building, Whitefield Memorial Church, was finally opened in 1899, but it was debt-ridden and lacking a clear purpose. It was in this context that C. Silvester Horne (1865-1914) was invited to transform the church into a central mission of the London Congregational Union and a model for other institutional churches. Under the leadership of Horne and other eminent Christian socialist ministers such as S. Maurice Watts and A. D. Belden, Whitefield’s became a national center for Congregational theological, social and political engagement.

Contained in the walls of the church were separate clubs for boys, girls, men and women offering everything from billiards and gymnastics to sewing and sex education classes; a library, restaurant, play center and numerous other initiatives: Poor Man’s Lawyer; Sick Man’s Friend Society; Mutual Help Society; Mutual Improvement Society; Coal Club. The church also maintained a day nursery in Whitfield Street, a hostel and psychological clinic in Gower Street and—for a short while—a ragged school in Ogle Mews.

Of Horne’s work at Whitefield’s, it was said:

He recognised from the first that a conventional Congregational church could not live in the Tottenham Court Road; but that a great mother church, inclusive of all the healthy interests and activities of life, might have gorgeous possibilities. … It was modern in everything but its message, which was to be the old Gospel presented in the language and spirit of to-day. From the outset Whitefield's has been in the limelight. It lived on advertisement and thrived on criticism. ... Mr. Silvester Home's conception of the Free Church ministry was large and comprehensive. He believed that religion is a seven-days-a-week matter — that it must penetrate and permeate all relationships, economical, social and political, as well as family and personal. … He would not have it that the religious and the secular could be separated, and he carried out this principle to its logical conclusion.

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