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NHCC Worship Information

Each Sunday at 10 AM (but see below for summer worship), we gather to praise God through a blend of modern and traditional forms of worship. Coming from diverse faith traditions, we discover God's word in music, prayer, and preaching and relate it to the concerns of our lives and our world. It is a time of nurture and challenge, of sharing and contemplation. Services are enriched by our organ and choir music. Our main floor is wheelchair accessible, and hearing-assistance devices as well as large-print bulletins and hymnals are available.

Holy Communion is generally celebrated on the first Sunday of each month but with some variation for special days in the church calendar or practical reasons.  Scheduled communion Sundays are usually indicated with this symbol Bread and cupin the Calendar, but there can sometimes be mistakes or late changes.  Please check with the church office if you need to know for sure.  We use grape juice as our communion drink in order that all may participate. Gluten-free bread is always available. For some our senior pastor's thoughts about the meaning of Communion, click here.

Each summer, this parish reflects its deep commitment to the ministry of the laity by promoting lay members as worship leaders.  This tradition has for many years reflected the Protestant value of "a priesthood of all believers."  That is, we are all ministers to one another, and the Holy Spirit can give vision to any of us to preach, guide, and serve one another. And so we do. Summer services start at 9:30 AM, and summer hours are in effect from late June until Labor Day.  See the Calendar for exact dates of changeover.

Snow, Winter, and Worship: We've never canceled worship, but we sometimes encourage you not to come!  Although it seems an odd message for a church, once a year or so if there is a bad storm we encourage you not to come unless you can walk.  On these occasions, we'll have an announcement on our telephone recording at 617-527-3898. The reason that we don't cancel worship is twofold: to honor God and to admit that a number of us can walk.  So, if there is a big storm, check the recording.  If you have choir, education, or worship duties, check with your group.  As a church that follows Christ and Back to top preaches healing, we long to see you safe and well, and we believe -- sincerely -- that we will see you next week.

Our Mission Statement and church covenant and some additional information on our worship practices are available by clicking on the links.

Some recent sermons:

"Plans for Christmas Future" Ken Baily, 2019 December 24

"TReBPAG" Ken Baily, 2019 November 17

"See Jesus" Ken Baily, 2018 September 16

"Phronesis" Ken Baily, 2018 September 9

"Native Sojourner" Ken Baily, 2018 June 24

"App'd to See" Ken Baily, 2017 December 24

"Bad and Good" Ken Baily, 2017 October 8

"Owing Love" Ken Baily, 2017 September 10

"Christmas Eve" Ken Baily, 2015 December 24

Click here for older sermons