This Sunday, November 20th, you will have the opportunity to sign a historical marker while celebrating the 300th Gathering of First Parish Church, Congregational, U.C.C. The church’s delegates (George Nickless, Rev. Llewellyn Smith, Carole Christensen, Marilyn Hughes, and Lindy London) created a rewording of our original Church Covenant of 1716. It reads:
First Parish Church, Congregational, U.C.C.
We acknowledge Jesus Christ to be our Savior and Lord, And accept the Holy Scriptures as our rule of faith and practice.
We recognize the privilege and duty of uniting ourselves for Christian fellowship, the encouragement of Christian sacraments, the public worship of God, and the advancement of God’s reign in the world.
We are called to accept the cost and joy of discipleship in the Congregation with its organization and mission. We do now, in the sight of God, invoke God’s blessing and Solemnly covenant with each other. We associate ourselves to be a church of the Lord Jesus Christ, as inspired by the word of God.
We agree to walk together in neighborly love. This we so depending upon our God who so loved the world that Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son, was given for our salvation and graces us with the Holy Spirit, our Comforter and Guide.
As part of the signing event this Sunday, Susan Parker will have the original covenant (also published below) on display for worshipers to view as they sign the updated version. The signing allows us to leave a legacy, a ‘snapshot’ if you like, for future generations to see who attended our celebration. The new covenant will be put on file with a letter of explanation of who signed. The updated covenant, of course, is not a replacement of the original covenant but allows us the opportunity to give important historic information.
If you have ever wanted to be part of a historical record, this Sunday is your chance! We will have the document available at our sanctuary before, during, and following our worship hour, and then, it will be available at the Chapel for our Sunday School teachers and students.
In anticipation of a wonderful celebration,
Rev. John G. Hughes
Original Covenant (1716)
Acknowledging Jesus Christ to be our Savior and Lord,
And accepting the Holy Scriptures as our rule of faith and practice,
And recognizing the privilege and duty of uniting ourselves
for Christian fellowship and, the encouragement of Christian ordinances,
the public worship of God, and the advancement of His Kingdom in the world;
We do now, in the sight of God and invoking His blessing,
Solemnly covenant and agree with each other
to associate ourselves to be a church of the Lord Jesus Christ,
as warranted by the Word of God.
We agree to maintain the institutions of the Gospel,
to submit ourselves to the orderly administration
of the affairs of the Church, and
to walk together in brotherly love.
And this we do depending upon the aid of our heavenly Father,
who so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son for our salvation,
and of Jesus Christ, who hath redeemed us with His blood,
and of the Holy Spirit, our Comforter and Guide.