Sunday, December 17, 2017: Third Sunday of Advent: Rev. Dr. Ed Sunday-Winters, preaching. Scripture for this morning is John 1:6-8, 19-28. The sermon topic is One Coming. The choir offers the upbeat and lively anthem Hodie, Veni, Christe (Come, This Day, O Christ). The composer Carl J. Hygard Jr. asks us to interpret this piece in a neo-baroque style, all while proclaiming: “To all of good cheer, the Savior is near, sing Hodie, hodie, Veni Christe!”. During the service, the tree will be trimmed by members of the congregation and the third advent candle will be lit. Service is at 10:00 a.m., followed by coffee hour. Come, join us!
Sunday, November 26, 2017: Rev. Dr. Ed Sunday-Winters, preaching. The scripture for today is Matthew 25:40, the sermon topic is Our King, Our Brother. Music this morning features our Early Music Consort, Gina Jenkins and Sonia Dunbar on recorders, Tom Anastasio on viola da gamba, and Hal Parker on the harpsichord. They will play during the prelude and postlude, a piece by Giuseppe Sammartini (1693-1770), Sonata VIII in F Major, Andante and Presto during the prelude and Largo and Allegro during the postlude. The choir will sing I Will Give Thanks, by J. Christopher Marks. Based on Psalm 138:1, this slow, lush anthem is written in the “block harmony” style (think hymn-like) and leads to an exciting fugue for all voices, concluding with a glorious hallelujah proclamation. Service is at 10:00 a.m., followed by coffee hour. Please join us!
Sunday, November 19, 2017: Welcome to Rev. Dr. Ed Sunday-Winters to our pulpit as our Settled Pastor and he and his wife Patti to our community! The sermon topic for the day is All or Nothing. Scripture is Matthew 25:14-30. The anthem this morning On This Day of Celebration, by Mary Lynn Lightfoot. This anthem incorporates the tune Now Thank We All Our God (Nun Danket Alle Gott) with contemporary accompaniment and harmonies with the fervor of offering great thanks to God with thankful hearts and joyful voices. Service is at 10 a.m., followed by coffee hour. Please join us!
Sunday, October 29, 2017: Rev. Kinsley will preach this morning. Scriptures are: Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18; and Matthew 22:34-40. Sermon Topic for today is Two Commandments, One Command. For this morning’s anthem the choir will sing a modern piece (2012) by Mark Miller. Dr Miller a life-long Methodist, is professor of church music at Drew University and lecturer in the practice of sacred music at Yale. He believes passionately that music can change the world and that the music he composes, performs, teaches and leads will inspire and empower people to create beloved community. With text by Carl P. Daw, this anthem has the very relevant message of “‘Till all jails are empty, all the bellies filled, till no one hurts or steals, God has work for us to do.” It is written with the performance guidelines “with energy and hope” with simple melodies and lilting accompaniment. The early music consort will offer a composition by Johann Christoph Petz (1665-1716), Suite 1 for 2 Treble Recorders and Basso continuo. Musicians are Gina and Sonia on recorders, Tom on gamba and Bronwyn on the harpsichord. Service is at 10:00 a.m., followed by coffee hour.
Sunday, October 22, 2017: Rev. Kinsley to preach this morning. Scriptures this morning are: Exodus 33:12-23; and Matthew 22:15-22. Her sermon text is Ministering Together. The anthem this week is Come, Follow Me! by John Carter, music and Mary Beall, words. Almost everyone is familiar with the tune All Through the Night. It originated in Wales in 1784 in Edward Jones Musical and Poetical Relics of the Welsh Bards. The Welsh title is Ar Hyd y Nos and is often sung as go my children with blessing. Our version this Sunday, Come, Follow Me! is gentle, unhurried and has lovely duets between the sopranos and altos and again with the tenors and basses. Service is at 10:00 a.m., followed by coffee hour.
Sunday, October 15, 2017: Rev. Kinsley will be preaching this morning. Scriptures today are: Isaiah 25:1-9 and Philippians 4:1-9. Her sermon text is Keeping On. The choir will offer a piece by Roger C. Wilson, based on the tune Armegeddon by Luise Reichardt and John Goss – Who Is on the Lord’s Side? This bold, march-like anthem includes very direct text: “Who is on the Lord’s side who will serve God?” Service is at 10:00 a.m., followed by coffee hour.
Sunday, October 8, 2017: Service is at 10:00 a.m., followed by coffee hour. Scriptures this morning are: Isaiah 5:1-7 and Matthew 21:33-46. Rev. Kinsley will be preaching today, her text is on Inheriting the Kin-dom. American composer Jean Paquet (1896-1977) created this week’s anthem, A Hymn of Praise based on the liturgy of St. James. There are soaring vocal lines on the text of greatness and an exciting fugue for all four vocal parts. The text is quite powerful: “Almighty God, whose glory the heavens are telling,” in partnership with very dramatic music written in the romantic style. Please join us.
Sunday, September 24, 2017: Service is at 10:00 a.m. Today we are very pleased to welcome our pastor candidate Ed Sunday-Winters. He is presiding over our service and preaching. Immediately following this morning’s service, there will be a congregational meeting of the Greensboro United Church of Christ in order to decide on a new settled pastor. We hope everyone will make plans to attend the service to hear the pastor and remain afterward for the meeting. Scriptures this morning are Jonah 3:10-4:11; and Matthew 20:1-16. The sermon topic will be When Last Isn’t Last. The choir will offer the anthem, In Every Land Begin the Song, words by J. Paul Williams and music by Joseph M. Martin. Although this contemporary piece was originally written for the Christmas Cantata, Canticle of Joy, the text of this upbeat, brisk musical offering is appropriate any day of the year. “Love transcending, never ending, love excelling, never failing…”. The early music consort, Gina Jenkins and Sonia Dunbar on recorders, Tom Anastasio on the viola da gamba and Hal Parker on the Harpschord, will play music of Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1731), Gentilesse Op. 33 No. 1, movements Gratieusement and Gayment 1 during the prelude and Gayment 3 during the postlude. Our coffee hour will follow the meeting of the congregation. Please join us.
Sunday, September 17, 2017: Service is at 10:00 a.m., followed by coffee hour. Today’s service will be a service of hymns and Christian hymnody, presented by the writers of the hymns themselves. Everyone is invited to join their voices in worship through song. We will have the opportunity to sing several of the grand old hymns in our traditions from the 4th century, C.E., to the 20th century. We will learn from the hymn writers themselves the history that went into the writing of the hymns, from Bishop Ambrose of Milan of the 4th century to Sydney Carter of the 20th century. They will tell us a little bit about themselves, and what prompted them to write their hymns, and then invite us to sing the hymns. These are hymns that have been well-known and well-loved in our tradition, including Of the Father’s Love Begotten, A Mighty Fortress is Our God, When I survey the Wondrous Cross, Blessed Assurance, Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah, Shall We Gather at the River and a few others and it is fascinating to learn how they came to be. We hope you will come and join your voices. Our scriptures this morning: Hebrew Scripture, Psalm 95:1-7a; and the Epistle Reading, Ephesians 5:18b-20.
Sunday, September 10, 2017: Rev. Rona Kinsley will preach this Sunday. Scriptures for the morning are Romans 14:1-4, 10-12; and Matthew 18:21-35. Sermon text will be How Should I Forgive? The choir will offer an anthem composed by Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612), Dixit Maria, which was written in 1591 during the Renaissance period of music when motets were the rock music of the time. With the text from Luke 1:38, “Gabriel came to Mary the blessed one, and Mary in silence heard the message of God,” we will sing it in Latin in a moderate tempo with all four voices rejoicing in the message.
Sunday, September 3, 2017: Rev. Rona Kinsley is preaching this Sunday, September 3. Scriptures are Romans 12:9-21 and Matthew 16:21-28. Text for the Sermon is On Being Transformed. For this communuion Sunday the choir will sing the beautiful Communion Hymn composed by David M. Kellermeyer. Service is at 10:00 a.m., followed by coffee hour. See you Sunday!
Sunday, August 27, 2017: Rev. Rona Kinsley will preach this Sunday, August 27. Scriptures are Romans 12:1-8; and Matthew 16:13-20. The sermon text will be Rocks and Pebbles. Sunday is Harpsichord Sunday and the consort will provide music during the prelude and postlude, offering the work by Gottfried Finger (1660-1730) Sonata a deux flutes et basse, Grave and Allegro during the prelude and Adagio, Largo, and Vivace as the postlude. The choir will perform Sing to the Lord a New Song, written by Albin Whitworth, commissioned for the 25th anniversary of the Mary Esther United Methodist Church in Mary Esther, Florida. In an exciting 6/8 tempo, with text taken from the Psalms, we will incorporate the organ to simulate trumpet sounds as the choir sings: “Sing to the Lord a new song for He has done great things!” Service is at 10 a.m., followed by coffee hour. See you Sunday!
Sunday, August 6, 2017: Rev. Rona Kinsley will be preaching this Sunday, August 6. Scriptures are Genesis 32:22-31; and Matthew 14:13-21. Rev. Kinsley’s sermon text will be Enough for All. the choir offers O Sacrum Convivum (O Sacred Feast) by Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623). This ancient Motet has the sacred text: “O high sacramental feast in which Christ is now received! As we recount the memory of his bitter passion, minds with holy grace are filled, and the future glories promised us.” Composed between the renaissance and baroque periods it may sound like a Gregorian chant at times and a madrigal at other moments. The choir offers this piece sung in the original Latin. Service is at 10:00 a.m. and is followed by coffee hour. Please join us!
Sunday, July 30, 2017: Rev. Rona Kinsley to preach this morning. Her sermon topic is Describing the Kingdom. Scriptures this morning are Romans 8:26-39; and Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52. The choir offers a beautiful anthem, Make My Life an Alleluia, by Ruth Elaine Schram (b. 1956), commissioned by the UCC of Frederick, Maryland. This modern composer from Birmingham, Alabama wrote her first piece of music at age 12 and has 1,300 published works. The anthem has a prayer-like quality, including this lovely text: “Make my life an alleluia, a song of praise to You each day. To proclaim your grace and glory, fill my heart with your praise, I pray.”
Sunday, July 23, 2017: Rev. Kinsley is preaching today. The scriptures are Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24; and Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43. The sermon topic will be Wheat and Weeds. The anthem this morning is a contemporary anthem by Earlene Rentz based on Psalm 150:1-3; 149:5-6, Praise the Lord with a Song. This piece reminds us to “lift up our voices” and sing praise for “wondrous grace and love” and includes a soaring descant for our sopranos. Composed with rhythmic energy, it has a slight “calypso” quality and is fun for us to sing. You might even hear maraca’s! Service is followed by coffee hour and we hope you will join us! See you Sunday!
Sunday, July 16, 2017: We welcome Rev. Sonia Dunbar to our pulpit this morning. Rev. Dunbar is a long-time member of the Greensboro UCC who was recently ordained as an Interfaith-Interspiritual Minister. She is a former attorney and Middle Eastern dancer (though not simultaneously) and has a degree in Early Music. She lives in East Craftsbury where she is a care-manager for her father, Wayne, and is an avid gardener. Scripture readings are: Samuel 1:3-10; and Jonah 1:1-15. Music this morning is by French composer and organist Maurice Durufle Op. 10, No. 1, Adapted by J. Mark Baker, Ubi Caratas (Where there is charity and love, God is there.) Service is at 10 a.m., followed by coffee hour. Please join us! See you Sunday!
Sunday, July 2, 2017: Rev. Kinsey will be at the pulpit. The scripture readings are taken from Genesis 22:1-14; and Matthew 10:40-42. Rev. Kinsey will speak this communion morning on The Unbinding of Isaac. Music this morning is Blessed Is the Nation, by Lani Smith. a majestic anthem incorporating Psalm 33:12, 13, 15, 18-21. The organ will resemble trumpets as closely as possible while the choir jubilantly sings in multiple parts: “He is our help and our shield.” Service is at 10 a.m., followed by coffee hour. Please come and join us. See you Sunday!
Sunday, June 25, 2017: Rev. Rona Kinsley will be preaching this morning. The scripture readings will be from Micah 6:6-8; and Matthew 10:24-39. Rev. Kinsey’s Sermon text is under the title of Do Justice. Music this morning will feature the harpsichord with Music Director Hal Parker favoring us with the prelude and postlude on the harpsichord. Our choir will sing the tender anthem, Let There Be Worship, Let There Be Praise, by Joseph Martin. This anthem was commissioned by the College Park Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir in Orlando, FL, to honor Susan Deal, Minister of Music, on her 5th anniversary, 2006. Classic writing from the remarkable pen of Joseph Martin, who’s music we enjoy singing often throughout the liturgical year. Service is at 10 a.m., followed by coffee hour. Come, join us! See you Sunday!
Sunday, June 18, 2017: Gospel Service! Rev. Rona Kinsley will lead our service this morning. Scripture readings today are: Exodus 19:2-8a; and Matthew 9:35-10:8. We are thrilled this morning to have as guests members of the Montpelier Community Gospel Choir’s “Small Choir,” and their director John Harrison. The choir will sing several gospel songs, woven into the worship, including an uptempo introit, based on Psalm 118, described as a “foot stomper,” and Jailer, an original song written by John Harrison, inspired by the “Black Lives Matter” movement. John will teach a bluesy version of Amazing Grace to the congregation. Choir members will join the small choir for an offertory gospel hymn, also written by John. Our own choir member Janney Johnston is a member of the choir. Thank you, Janney! We hope you will join us for what promises to be a wonderful service, and bring a friend! And please stay for coffee hour following the service. See you Sunday!
Sunday, June 11, 2017: We welcome Jeff Pierpont to our pulpit this morning. He will be filling in for Rev. Kinsley who will not be here that day. Scripture readings are from Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 from the Old Testament; and Philippians 2:1-11 from the New Testament. Jeff will be speaking on The Fellowship of the Spirit. The choir offers a sacred work composed by William Neidlinger (1863-1924), during his time as organist at St. Michaels’ Church in New York City, Benedictus es, Domine. We will sing it in English with the primary text “blessed art thou, O Lord.” It has large Victorian block style harmonies, several key changes and a surprise fugue toward the end of the piece. Service is at 10:00 a.m., followed by coffee and conversation in Fellowship Hall. We hope you will join us! See you Sunday!
Sunday, June 4, 2017, Pentecost Sunday: Rev. Rona Kinsley will preach. This morning we will have a dramatic reading for Pentecost Sunday by members of the congregation and Reverend Kinsley. Scripture readings are from 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 and John 20:19-23. On this communion Sunday the choir brings you Roger Wilson’s Did Jesus Weep for me? From the opening solo question to the choral affirmation this classic setting of this well-known text is timeless. Be sure to listen for the lovely trio of women’s voices in the center of this expressive, free-flowing anthem. This morning also, with joy, we welcome Judy Dunnan, Dan Predpall and Dianne Predpall into membership in the Greensboro United Church of Christ. Service is at 10:00 a.m., followed by coffee hour. Please join us.
Sunday, May 28, 2017: Rev. Rona Kinsley will be preaching. Her topic this morning will be Shadow and Substance. Scripture readings are from Acts 1:6-14 and John 17:1-11. The choir will offer an anthem by Joseph Martin, O Lord, Our Lord, How Excellent Thy Name. This modern piece is lively, up-tempo and geared for two-part mixed voices with driving rhythm coming from the piano. Based on Holy Scripture, the text includes “in all the earth, the heavens above, there is no other name.” Our early music consort will be playing during the prelude and postlude music of William Corbett (ca. 1670-1748), Two Sonates for two recorders and continuo. Musicians are Gina Jenkins and Sonia Dunbar on recorders, Tom Anastasio on viola da gamba, and in Sonate No. 1 Bronwyn Masse on the harpsichord and in Sonate No. 2 Hal Parker on the harpsichord. The service is followed by coffee hour and conversation. We hope you will join us. See you Sunday!
Sunday, May 21, 2017: Rev. Rona Kinsley will preach on Sunday, May 21. Rev. Kinsley’s sermon topic will be The Missional Migration. The scripture readings will be: Acts 4:32-35; and John 14:15-21. Service is at 10 a.m., followed by coffee hour. Please join us. See you Sunday!
Sunday, May 14, 2017: Rev. Rona Kinsley will preach on Sunday, May 14. Service is at 10 a.m., followed by coffee hour. We hope you will join us. See you Sunday!
Sunday, May 7, 2017: Rev. Kinsley will be preaching Sunday, May 7. Service is at 10:00 a.m., followed by coffee hour. We hope you will join us. See you Sunday!
Sunday, April 30, 2017: Rev. Kinsley will be preaching Sunday, April 30. Special music will be offered during the prelude and postlude by our Consort players. They will play a piece by Charles Francois Dieupart, Sonate No. 3 of “Six Sonates for Treble Recorder and Basso Continuo.” Musicians are Gina Jenkins, recorder; Tom Anastasio, viola da gamba; and Bronwyn Masse, harpsichord. Our Mission Board received a grant from the United Church of Christ Disaster ministries to help support their Emergency Cleanup /Bucket relief efforts for families through Church World Service. The completed buckets will be dedicated during the service. We also look forward to hearing from folks who attended the Annual Meeting of the Vermont Conference UCC Friday and Saturday this weekend. The theme for this year’s meeting was “Gifts From the Past…For the Future.” As always coffee follows the service. We hope you will join us for good coffey and good conversation.
Sunday, April 23, 2017: We welcome Jeff Pierpont to our pulpit this morning. Rev. Kinsley is away this week, and will return for the service on April 30. Scriptures this morning are Psalm 103:8-12 and John 4:7-21. Jeff’s theme is “God is Love.” We hope you will join us following service for coffee and conversation.
Sunday, April 16, 2017, EASTER SUNDAY: Service begins at 10 a.m. Rev. Kinsley will be preaching. Special music will be offered by our Consort for the Prelude – Gina Jenkins and Sonia Dunbar, recorders, Tom Anastasio, viola da gamba and Hal Parker, harpsichord, will play Sonata in F Major (Allegro, Adagio, Allegro) by Giuseppe Sammartini (1693-1770). Our choir will sing Let Music Fill This Place by Joseph M. Martin (incorporating the Ode To Joy) and with the Easter hymns and the congregation singing, we will truly “fill this place” with joyful music!! We hope you will join us for coffee and conversation following the service.
Sunday, April 9, 2017, Palm Sunday: Rev. Kinsley will preach. Members of the congregation will present the Palm Sunday News. We look forward to seeing the Palm Sunday News. It is sure to be an important and interesting addition to our service.The final session of our Lenten Book Study follows after coffee and conversation this morning.
Maundy Thursday, April 13 falls on the Thursday before Easter and commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus. During this meal, Jesus shared bread and wine with his disciples, which forms the biblical basis for the practice of Communion in our Christian churches today. Greensboro UCC invites you to join us for a post-luck supper, a table communion (bread and wine passed around the communal table) and a special Tenebrae service (a reading of lessons accompanied by the gradual extinguishing of lights). The joyous celebration of Easter Sunday becomes more meaningful when one understands and remembers the tragic events preceding it. Pot-luck will start at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, with the Tenebrae service following immediately after in the sanctuary. Please join us for a lovely and enlightening Tenebrae service.
Sunday, April 2, 2107: Rev. Kinsley will preach. Lenten Book Study continues following coffee and conversation. There are two sessions remaining. The final session will be held, on Sunday, April 9. We hope you can join us for one or both of these final two sessions.
On Wednesday, April 5, the Ecumenical Lenten Service will be held at GUCC at 7:00 p.m.
Maundy Thursday we will have a pot luck supper with table communion at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. At 7:30 p.m. a Tenebrae service will be held in the Sanctuary. Folks are invited to attend both or one, whichever is best for them.
Sunday, March 12, 2017: Rev. Kinsley will be preaching. Lenten Book Study continues following coffee and conversation this morning. We begin with a soup and bread lunch, and then enjoy conversation about the week’s reading assignent. We are reading “The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World’s Largest Religion Is Seeking a Better Way to Be Christian,” by Brian D. McLaren. Books are now available at the Galaxy Bookshop. All are welcome to all sessions, or however many you are able to attend.
On Monday, March 13, The Ecumenical Lenten Service will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Church at 7:00 p.m.
On Wednesdays, during Lent, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., you are invited to explore, or support, a practice of meditation or contemplative prayer. Sessions will begin with a brief reading or teaching, followed by a period of silent meditation/prayer, and then an opportunity to raise prayer concerns and hold those we pray for “in the light” We will meet in the church Library.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017: A service for Ash Wednesday will be held in the Sanctuary, Wednesday evening, March 1, at 7 p.m. In addition, we will be joining other local churches for Ecumenical Lenten Services on these Wednesday evenings: March 8, East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church; March 13, Our Lady of Fatima; March 22, Church on the Common; March 29, East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church; April 5, Greensboro United Church of Christ. All services start at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend any and all of these services.
Sunday, February 26, 2017: Rev. Kinsley preaching. Church Service at 10 a.m., followed by Coffee Hour. Special Music will be offered by our consort during the prelude. Featured is Sonata in D minor, by T. Schwartzkopff (1659-1732). Musicians are Gina Jenkins, recorder; Sonia Dunbar, recorder; Thomas Anastasio, viola da gamba; and Hal Parker, harpsichord.
Sunday, January 29, 2017: Rev. Kinsley preaching. Church Service at 10 a.m., followed by Coffee Hour.
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. In worship this Sunday, the sermon will address the issue of human trafficking and what we can do to help end this form of modern-day slavery. Following worship, the Mission Team will sponsor a screening of the film Not My Life: Stories of Human Trafficking. Challenging though it may be, the film’s description states, Not my Life’s message is ultimately one of hope. Victims of slavery can be set free and go on to live happy and productive lives. The film will be shown at 11:30 in the church library. All are welcome.
Special music will be offered by our consort for prelude and postlude. The prelude is from The Fitzwilliam Sonatas by Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759). This is a series of three sonatas, the Consort will play sections from Sonata No. 3. Musicians are Gina Jenkins, recorder; Thomas Anastasio, viola da gamba; and Bronwyn Masse, harpsichord. The postlude will be Chaconne by Henry Purcell. It will be played by Gina Jenkins, recorder; Sonia Dunbar, recorder and Hal Parker, harpsichord.