Words from the Water Communion, 2020   [ 2020-09-19 14:03 ]

Every year in September, on the occasion of the first service of the church year, we hold a ceremony we are now calling the Water Communion — the beginning of the process of making the holy water we will use throughout the year for many purposes, including blessing infants and sending young adults on their way. Each member of the community brings some water from somewhere their life has taken them over the summer.

We begin the ceremony by pouring some of last year’s holy water into a large vessel. This water contains traces of the water from each year before, stretching back now 21 years. Then each member of the community adds their water to the mix and speaks a single word. As we do every year, we have gathered these words together into a single image (click the link to open a new window). Larger words were spoken more frequently.

In this pandemic year of 2020 the water collection honored social distancing and the words were taken down as uttered (through masks).

For comparison, here are our words from 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008. (The words for 2012 were, alas, not recorded.)

As a bonus, here is a brief video featuring all of the words from 2008 to 2019. (The password is the same as for the Members area of the church website.)

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Using the Church's Zoom Accounts   [ 2020-06-27 08:18 ]

The church has two Zoom licenses for use of community members. See this file in the Members area of the website to learn how to use them. If you need the access credentials for the Members area, email .
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FPCoG’s Coronavirus Blog   [ 2020-05-02 16:34 ]

We have started a community blog to capture the experiences and emotions of this singular time: Suddenly at Home – FPCoG. Visit to sign up for email notification when a new post goes live. We now have 11 authors, who have posted 29 observations, poems, musings, and inspirations. You are invited to be the 12th! Email Ellen Brandt for your author account.
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Access to FPCoG’s YouTube Services and Zoom Coffee Hour   [ 2020-04-18 09:32 ]

We have collected in one place all the URLs and calendar reminders you need to get to the church’s Sunday service on the YouTube channel and then join the community in a virtual coffee hour via Zoom. See the top of this page in the Members area for all the links (members password required, please email tech.help@uugroton.org if you don’t have it). You can also find there the login information for the weekly Zoom coffee hour, which convenes Thursdays at 11:00 am.
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Audio and Transcripts of Sermons at FPCoG   [ 2020-03-15 11:21 ]

Here are links to audio and (where available) transcripts of recent sermons at FPCoG. All the available sermons going back to 2008 are linked from this page.

September 20, 2020: Twenty-third: ( audio; YouTube )

September 13, 2020: Twenty-second: ( audio; YouTube )

August 23, 2020: Twenty-first: ( audio; YouTube )

August 16, 2020: Twentieth: ( audio; YouTube )

August 2, 2020: Nineteenth ( audio; YouTube )

July 19, 2020: Eighteenth ( audio; YouTube )

July 12, 2020: Seventeenth ( audio; YouTube )

July 5, 2020: Sixteenth ( audio; YouTube )

June 21, 2020: Fifteenth ( audio; YouTube )

June 14, 2020: Fourteenth ( audio; YouTube )

June 7, 2020: Thirteenth (Alison Chase) ( audio; YouTube )

May 31, 2020: Twelfth ( audio; YouTube )

May 24, 2020: Eleventh ( audio; YouTube )

May 17, 2020: Tenth ( audio; YouTube )

May 10, 2020: Ninth ( audio; YouTube )

May 3, 2020: Eighth ( audio; YouTube )

April 26, 2020: Seventh ( audio; YouTube )

April 19, 2020: Sixth: Three Ministers Walk Into a Deli ( audio; YouTube )

April 12, 2020: Fifth virtual church service ( audio; YouTube )

April 5, 2020: Fourth virtual church service ( audio; YouTube )

March 29, 2020: Third virtual church service ( audio; YouTube )

March 22, 2020: Second virtual church service ( YouTube )

March 15, 2020: FPCoG’s first virtual church service ( YouTube )

March 8, 2020: Mend and Repair (Rev. Mary Margaret Earl) ( Audio )

March 1, 2020: Five Things Not to Believe ( Audio )

February 23, 2020: Feed Your Enemy’s Children; Learn Their Word for Home ( Audio )

February 16, 2020: Be Generous in Your Dreaming ( Audio )

February 9, 2020: Blessed Are the Forgotten, the Unrepresented, and the Kind ( Audio )

February 2, 2020: Patience Is More Than A Virtue (Nancy Baker) ( Audio )

January 26, 2020: The Place Where I Stand ( Audio )

January 19, 2020: Braver Together ( Audio )

January 12, 2020: To Hope Is to Give Yourself to the Future ( Audio )

January 5, 2020: Beautiful in the Inches ( Audio )

December 24, 2019: A Pinhole of Light ( Transcript )

December 15, 2019: In Defiance, In Hope, In Delight, In Gladness ( Audio )

December 8, 2019: Refections on a Superhero Peace Candle (Eric Elbot) ( Audio ); Undone and Imperfect, Alive and Filled with Grace (Rev. Kemler) ( Audio )

November 17, 2019: Vulnerability is the Path, Courage is the Light ( Audio )

November 10, 2019: The Way of The Heart (Marisa Benson) ( Audio )

October 20, 2019: These Fleeting Temples We Make Together ( Audio )

October 13, 2019: On Behalf of Life ( AudioTranscript )

October 6, 2019: Start Over, Always Start Over ( Audio )

September 29, 2019: In This Autumn Light, There Is a Path for Beginning Again ( Audio )

September 22, 2019: The Thread That Runs Between Us ( AudioTranscript )

September 15, 2019: The No Becoming Yes ( AudioTranscript )

June 2, 2019: Gone to the Fields to Be Lovely ( Audio )

May 19, 2019: The Place We Stand on the Days our Feet are Sore ( Audio )

May 12, 2019: Kiss This Beautiful, Holy Ground ( Audio )

May 5, 2019: Perpetual Becoming (Marisa Benson) ( Audio )

April 28, 2019: Restoring a Cemetery in Bialystok (Josh & Amy Degan) ( Audio; Bialystok Cenetery Restoration )

April 21, 2019: The Doors of Hope ( Audio )

April 14, 2019: Living at the Edge of Our Imaginations ( AudioTranscript )

March 24, 2019: Radical Hospitality: Notes for Living on Planet Earth ( AudioTranscript; Father Boyle’s speech )

March 17, 2019: Larger Worlds Than We Can Imagine ( Audio )

March 10, 2019: Loaves, Fishes, and My Grandmother’s Cookies ( Audio )

March 3, 2019: Loved into Being ( Audio [partial, missing the last 1–2 min.]; Transcript )

February 24, 2019: The Fibrillating Heart of the World ( Audio; Transcript )

February 17, 2019: UU Faith (Jane Thickstun) ( Audio )

February 10, 2019: The Kindness Which Sustains This Beautiful, Aching World ( Audio )

February 3, 2019: Faithful to Living ( Audio )

January 13, 2019: Flesh and Blood and Bone and Spirit ( Audio; Transcript )

January 6, 2019: How to Give Yourself to This World ( Audio )

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