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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.

A Message from Rev. Barbara Lemmel

Grace and peace to you all!
 
During this strange time-out-of-time that is the Covid-19 pandemic, each day feels like both a precious gift and a frustrating challenge. We need help to muddle through the challenges we face, we give thanks for the hints of grace that poke through, and (when we quiet ourselves enough) we sit in wonder at the miracle of even the most ordinary moments. 
 
One of those hints of grace appeared in our email this morning, in the form of a prayer written by Rev. Ted Crass, President of the United Methodist Foundation of New England. (Some of you may remember Ted from when he was a seminary intern at Harvard-Epworth UMC.) Ted’s prayer joins our recent sermon trajectory: he reflects on Job 42, which we preached about a couple of Sundays ago, and the scripture we’ll address on Sunday, Mark 10:46-52, which tells the story of Bartimaeus’ trust in Jesus’ healing power. 
 
We offer Ted’s prayer to each of you as a gift to your spirits, in these days of challenge and of grace.
 
Holy One,
As we awaken and begin this day, we declare our trust in you.
Thank you for the sun as it shines, for the rain as it falls, for the trees as the leaves change, and for the clouds in their spectacular ordinariness.
Thank you for our breath to live into the opportunities of this day.
As life intervenes and challenges arrive, there will be hardships for us –- health, finances, relationships, employment, and others. Naysayers abound.
But we will trust in you – that you will never abandon us through these challenges.
Even when we cannot see a way forward, we will open our hearts and minds to the ever-present Christ among us with the confidence that your love will prevail. Let us draw strength from the caring and goodwill offered by others.
In this day, put us to use – each one – giving as we have been gifted, working alongside you, and careful not to get in the way of your Spirit.
Will this be my day to lift another who is hurting, to forgive, to provide safety and shelter, to offer a word of encouragement or a word in solidarity, to stand against bigotry and injustice?
God of us all, placing our trust in you, we are ready this day to bring your love into the world.
Amen.
 
(Throughout the pandemic, the New England Cabinet has offered Daily Prayers written by laity and clergy around the conference. If you would like to receive these in you email inbox each morning, you may subscribe here: 
 
 

Harvard-Epworth’s 2020 Annual Report available here.