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Sundays at Harvard-Epworth

Communion Service at 9:00 AM in person
Sunday School and Adult Forum at 10:00 AM
Worship Service at 11:00 AM in person and on Youtube

What is Harvard-Epworth all about?

We are a welcoming and inclusive church inviting people to explore the journey of faith. Our focus is on joyful worship, building community, encouraging faith exploration, passionate social justice and committed outreach.

Harvard-Epworth is a member of the Reconciling Ministries Network and welcomes all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, ability, marital status or financial condition.

Harvard-Epworth’s 2020 Annual Report available here.

A Message from Rev. Barbara Lemmel

How very good and pleasant it is
   when kindred live together in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head,
   running down upon the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
   running down over the collar of his robes.
It is like the dew of Hermon,
   which falls on the mountains of Zion.
For there the Lord ordained a blessing,
   life forevermore.
 
Psalm 133 has been echoing in my head all week, as we make the preparations for the Official ReOpening Sunday on September 12. I love the unbridled joy of this psalm, and the poignant descriptions of richness — oil running down, dew falling — all capped off with a blessings of “life forevermore.”
 
After nearly 18 months of pandemic separation, it will be rich indeed for folk to be able to gather at both 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Our spirits will be fed by the singing of a small choir, and after the 11:00 service our bodies will be fed at a Coffee Hour, held outside under the trees of the Law School lawn. 
 
It won’t be the same as before the pandemic, of course. While indoors, we’ll all be required to wear surgical masks (we can provide them if you don’t have one). Social distancing won’t be enforced but is still a good idea. Elbow bumps and waves will stand in for hugs. We won’t be coming together to the rail for communion at the 9:00 service, or passing offering plates. Most difficult of all, there are folks, especially children, who won’t be able to attend in person because of their own health concerns or immunization status. We’ll continue to livestream the 11:00 service for those who can’t be there in person.
 
Still, it will be “very good and pleasant” indeed! We are both excited to meet in person those of you who can be present, and we continue to anticipate ways we can connect with and meet those who will attend digitally. And God will be in the midst of all of it, absolutely all of it, rich and present and running amongst us all.
 
 
Peace,
Barb