About a year and a half ago, Mark Fay was interviewed by the senior leadership team for a pastoral position. He had been serving at the Chittenden County correctional center in prison ministry.

Jesus expressed the great love he has for his disciples by an analogy to the love that God the Father has for him. That love is from everlasting to everlasting throughout all eternity, infinite, inexhaustible, perfect and never wavering. “As the father has loved me, so I have loved you.” (John 15:9)

Sunday in-person service, 10 a.m., and on Facebook. Wednesday service is 6-8 p.m. for dinner, fellowship, singing, adult Bible and prayer time, youth and kid’s group.

The month of October is the month of the holy rosary. On Oct. 7, we celebrated the Feast Day of Our Lady of the Rosary, which is also the 450th anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto. This famous and bloody naval battle took place off the coast of Greece. Facing certain defeat, Pope Pius V asked the Christian faithful to pray the rosary and seek the intercession of the Blessed Mother.

Lay leader Tracie Wright was back with us on Sunday. The Scriptures used were Job 23:1-9, 16-17 and Hebrews 4:12-16. The message was “You got questions?”

At our service Wednesday evening Brother Laverne shared a sermon titled, “Living with a forgiving spirit.” The text was Matthew 18. The disciple Peter asks Jesus how many times in one day he must forgive one who wrongs him. Jesus describes our responsibility to forgive others especially since we have received the forgiveness of our father, God.

I think many who are familiar with Spider Man’s origin story remember when Uncle Ben tells Peter Parker, “With great power comes great responsibility.” That saying is a rip-off of Christ when he tells his followers, “The first shall be last and the last shall be first” (Mark 10:31).

On Sunday, the 20th Sunday of Pentecost, Pastor Mike Thorpe focused on the Scripture from Job 23:1-9, 17-17 in which Job searches for God to lay his case before God. Though he is unable to find God to defend himself, Job also realizes that God has kept the deepest darkness from overtaking him.

Our 8:30 a.m. Sunday service began with announcements and the call to worship, directing us to listen for the voice of God as it comes near. Sharon Fortune led the service and delivered the sermon reflection. Patty Jacob accompanied us musically during the service and following worship on the carillon. Carol Moulton read Scripture from Psalm 22 and Deuteronomy 26:16-19.

A beautiful and busy holiday weekend at the United Community Church of Morrisville included our delicious chicken pie supper. Thank you to all our volunteers and guests.

On Sunday, Oct. 24, we will welcome Dr. Jeff Kran to the pulpit. We will be celebrating our church’s 17th anniversary and Kran was very instrumental in the birth of our church.

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