Welcome to a warm and caring community

who we are:   We celebrate God’s love for all and welcome everyone to embrace God’s challenge to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ.

where we are going:   Led by the Spirit, we are building a joyful, vibrant church through:

     …worship that connects God’s Word to our lives

     …outreach that embraces the wider community

     …service that helps those in need locally and

        globally

     …education that expands our faith.

SUNDAY SCHEDULE

*9:30 AM WORSHIP

9:30 AM SUNDAY SCHOOL - ADULT, MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL

9:45 AM SUNDAY SCHOOL - PRE-K THROUGH 5TH GRADE

10:30 AM FELLOWSHIP TIME

**11:00 AM WORSHIP

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Sunday, March 26 – Fourth Sunday in Lent:   Worship at 9:30 am and 11:00 am

Few have not pondered, “What did I do wrong to deserve this?” In John 9:1-41, Jesus sees a man born blind, and his disciples ask whether it was the man’s sin (conceivably in the womb) or his parents’ sin that caused his blindness. Jesus answers neither, then heals the man, which throws the debate into the religious courts. “Eyes That Can See – and Eyes That Cannot,” is Rick Otty’s sermon title understanding the disciples’ first century “Who sinned?” question is still with us.

April 2 – Fifth Sunday in Lent:   Worship at 9:30 am and 11:00 am

For some, the phrase “born again” is a key component of their faith expression, while others resist the implications modern religion has given to being born again. The phrase, which can be translated, “born from above,” is shared in a nighttime visit to Jesus by a Pharisee named Nicodemus, who offers an interesting suggestion about literal rebirth. “The Limits of Certainty” will be Rick Otty’s sermon on this account in John 3:1-17.

April 9 – Palm Sunday: Worship at 9:30 am and 11:00 am

“Stirring Up the City” will be Rick Otty’s sermon title as we again celebrate Jesus’ parade into Jerusalem with palms and hosannas with Matthew’s telling of the event (21:1-11.) Some have imagined two parades that day, the one with Jesus praised, and a second with Pilate arriving to oversee security for the Passover. Even if not literally dueling parades, the tension between Jesus and the authorities is real, heard as well in Psalm 118:1-2,19-29.

Holy Monday, April 10 – Worship at 7:30 pm – “Frustration: Dealing With Strong Human Hearts”

We continue our tradition of evening services the first four nights of Holy Week, and this year will consider post-Palm Sunday encounters with Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel, coupled with a projection on Jesus’ emotions as expressed in the questioning hymn, “O Carpenter Why Leave the Bench?” Matthew 21:12-17 (the cleansing of the temple) is our Monday text. 

Holy Tuesday, April 11 – Worship at 7:30 pm – “Persistence: To Make the Whole World New”

The wilting of a fig tree in Matthew 21:18-22 serves as a metaphor for the failure of the religious elite to produce fruit. Jesus calls his disciples to be an alternative community in the midst of his encounters with those who question his authority in Matthew 21:23-27 and 22:34-40.

Holy Wednesday, April 12 – Worship at 7:30 pm – “Resignation: Awaiting the Empire’s Carpentry”

Sometimes called Silent Wednesday, Jesus is with his disciples in Bethany. Meanwhile plots for his death, including the betrayal of Judas are undeway in Matthew 23:37-39 and 26:1-13.

Maundy Thursday, April 13 – Soup Supper at 6:30 pm;  Worship with Communion at 7:30 pm

“Sacrament, Prayer, Betrayal” will be the focus of our service as we will move from Jesus’ last Passover meal with his disciples, and then go to the Mount of Olives in Matthew 26:17-46.

Good Friday, April 14 – Community Worship at Noon

Sudbury Clergy Good Friday Service at Martha Mary Chapel (Wayside Inn)

Easter Sunday, April 16 – Worship at 9:30 am and 11:00 am

“Resurrected from False Security” is Rick Otty’s sermon title as we celebrate the Resurrection, while also reading of those who wanted to keep the peace and security by keeping it quiet.  We will sing our “Halleluiahs!” as the women discover the empty tomb and don’t keep quiet! 

Calendar for the Week of

March 26, 2017

(PCIS events only, outside events are listed on master calendar)

SUNDAY, MARCH 26

9:30 AM  WORSHIP                

9:30 AM  MID. & HS  SS

9:30 AM  ADULT SS

10:30 AM  REFRESHMENTS

9:45 AM  SS (PREK-5TH)

 11:00 AM  WORSHIP

 6:45 PM HS YOUTH GROUP

monday, March 27

 7:00 PM  PASTOR NOMINATING COMMITTEE

 7:00 PM  SESSION MEETING

tuesday, March 28

 7:00 PM  ARTISTS GROUP

WEDNESDAY, March 29

  9:45 AM  WEDNESDAY WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY

     7:30 PM  PRAISE TEAM REHEARSAL

THURSDAY, MARCH 30

  7:30 PM  CHANCEL CHOIR REHEARSAL

FRIDAY, MARCH 31

 7:30 PM  PCIS BOOK CLUB

SUNDAY, APRIL 2

9:30 AM  WORSHIP                

9:30 AM  MID. & HS  SS

9:30 AM  ADULT SS

10:30 AM  REFRESHMENTS

9:45 AM  SS (PREK-5TH)

 11:00 AM  WORSHIP

12:15 PM   SHEPHERDING TEAM MEETING

 6:45 PM HS YOUTH GROUP

 Contact email: pcsudbury@pcsudbury.org,

phone: 978-443-9151 x10. 

WORSHIP AT THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN SUDBURY IS CENTERED ON GOD’S WORD, AND WITH MUSIC AND PRAYER AND PREACHING, WE CELEBRATE BOTH GOD’S LOVE FOR AND CHALLENGES TO US AS WE SEEK TO BE FAITHFUL FOLLOWERS OF JESUS CHRIST AND HIS TEACHINGS.  AS WITH MANY CHURCHES, OUR MEMBERS COME FROM DIFFERENT RELIGIOUS BACKGROUNDS AND HAVE A VARIETY OF MUSIC AND WORSHIP STYLES AND PREFERENCES.  DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR, WE HAVE TWO DIFFERENT STYLES OF WORSHIP ON SUNDAY MORNINGS. 

THE FOLLOWING SUMMARIZES THE DISTINCTIONS BETWEEN OUR TWO SUNDAY MORNING SERVICES

*9:30AM – THE MUSIC IN THIS SERVICE IS LED BY A PRAISE BAND OF MEMBERS, USUALLY MORE CONTEMPORARY IN STYLE, WITH THE WORDS PROJECTED ONTO A SCREEN IN THE FRONT OF THE SANCTUARY.  THERE IS ALSO A TIME WITH CHILDREN EARLY DURING THIS SERVICE, AFTER WHICH THE CHILDREN ATTEND CHURCH SCHOOL. 

**11:00AM – THE ORDER OF THIS SERVICE IS FAMILIAR TO THOSE RAISED PRESBYTERIAN.  THE MUSIC IN THIS SERVICE IS LED BY A CHOIR, WHICH NORMALLY SINGS AN ANTHEM DURING THE SERVICE.  HYMNS, RATHER THAN PRAISE MUSIC, ARE CHOSEN FROM THE NEW PRESBYTERIAN HYMNAL, AND MAY INCLUDE BOTH TRADITIONAL AND MORE MODERN HYMN SETTINGS. 

IN BOTH WORSHIP SERVICES, WE HEAR A SERMON, BASED ON A SCRIPTURE TEXT AND PREACHED TO BUILD FAITH AND EQUIP US TO SERVE GOD.  WE NORMALLY ALSO INCLUDE A PRAYER TIME WHEN WORSHIPERS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE JOYS AND CONCERNS, AND AN OFFERING TO SUPPORT THE MISSIONS AND PROGRAMS OF THE CHURCH IS RECEIVED.  ON THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH, WE OBSERVE THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER (COMMUNION.)