Sunday Worship and Spiritual Life
It’s a Whole New World!
Everything is motion.  And we’re getting used to that!  As public guidelines change, so too does our pattern of worship and gathering.
What doesn’t change is our devotion to one another–and our commitment to the Gospel of Peace.  So watch this space for news as to how we’re gathering, where we’re gathering and when!  Because we’re God’s people, and God’s people are always on the move.
Beginning Sunday, January 9
We’ll be ready to be worship in person again, and we’ll take all the necessary and recommended precautions as we get going in the New Year! Our church is easy to find–in the middle of Durham on Main Street–with parking available on both the upper and lower levels. We worship each Sunday morning at 10 am in a brightly lit sanctuary that welcomes all God’s people–from all walks of life–in a community and courage!
We’ve put all kinds of precautions in place, because we believe in keeping one another safe and honoring the guidance of public health leaders and scientists.  We’re asking all our friends to wear masks indoors.  In this way, we want each in attendance to come for community and to sense a circle of respect and strength.  God is good–and we are doing all we can to be good and generous with one another.  In a difficult time!
Of course, we worship in a range of ways these days.  And we recognize that some are more comfortable worshiping online, in a space that feels familiar and right.  We’re still broadcasting our Sunday services on both Zoom and Facebook Live.  You’ll find the Zoom link below…as well as a link to our Facebook page.  Let us know if you’re tuning in that way–so we can cherish your presence among us as we gather.  We’re all in this together!
When we’re online, you’re always welcome to join us: using a Zoom link (below) or finding us on FACEBOOK LIVE (to the right). 
The Community Church is an Open & Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ.  We’re on the move, in the streets, working through the arts and hard work to bless the planet and bring justice to the nation.
Wherever you are on life’s journey, whatever you’re going through, you’re welcome and cherished among us!  While we’re being cautious and safe this fall, we continue to host online services and small groups.  And we continue to work for justice and healing in our communities. 
We hope you’ll find a link that works for you, and join us for gospel-good-news and a beloved community of spirit.
Sunday Worship: November 22, 2020
“Don’t Wait: Sing Now!”
Sunday Worship: September 26, 2020
“Mary Made Haste”

Thinking about the frustrations of 2020, and wanting to celebrate God’s faithfulness in the midst of it all, we reached out to the Rev. Angela Bowman, a gifted minister and choreographer in the Metropolitan New York area.
Angie offered to choreograph a piece for our congregation–including choir members, young people, dancers and others–using brilliantly colored flags.  Over the summer, entirely on Zoom, she worked with us to coach, inspire and minister to our hunger for praise and grateful expression.
We gathered for outdoor worship, then, on September 13.  And this is what happened:


Together, in creative ministry.  Together, in dance and movement.  Together, in resistance and mission.  Together, we make life beautiful.
By the grace of God!
Of course, gathering for worship, in our brightly lit and wonderfully welcoming sanctuary, is the heart of our practice.  As a United Church of Christ, we bring many voices and many perspectives to worship, yet we weave of these a common garment of hope and faith.  Our songs are bold and joyful.  Our communion is open-hearted and aching for justice.  Our prayers seek God’s wisdom, light and grace.
We’re not sure–to be honest–when we’ll return to Sunday services in our beloved sanctuary.  We do know the church continues to serve and pray and speak out in other ways.  Most likely, worship will be online for a while yet.  We hope our friends will watch this space–or simply give us a call to see what our plans are!
Our theme for 2021 is “This Extravagant Unity: Our Way Home.”  You can read the guide Pastor Dave’s written for the fall here.  Each Sunday’s service explores the challenges, opportunities, heartbreaks and wonders of life in exile.  You’re welcome to follow along, to join us online or afterwards in the videos posted here.
If you’re new to New Hampshire, or just new to the church, let us know and we’ll add you to the weekly e-newsletters that offer information and invitation to the congregation’s many activities!