Letter from Our Minister

Letter from Rev. J. Carr Holland III

Spring 2019

Dear Friends of the Chapel,

Welcome to another season at the ‘Sconset Union Chapel. The Chapel offers religious, spiritual and ethical grounding to any who come here. Some embrace time on Nantucket as a slowdown, a time to shift into a lower, more reflective gear. For others their time here becomes quite busy with relationships and favorite activities. I suspect for many of us, there is an effort to seek balance between those two ends. So often we seek space to tend to life and family and self, to renew. There are various avenues offered here for this tending of our deeper life.

Each Sunday of the season there is intentional worship offered to God. The main service of the Chapel at 10:30 is a form of morning prayer with sermon and music. The biblical readings selected for us in the Revised Common Lectionary, are consistent with many denominations. The hymns chosen reflect scriptures’, themes and sermon invites us to listen responsively to God’s word.

There is also reflective quiet, to help us unite in prayer. We lend each other our focus as we open Godward. Many Roman Catholics worship earlier in a similar manner adding the reception of Holy Communion.

There are two Sundays, the third ones in July and August, when we offer Holy Communion, a time when we are Christ’s guest receiving him tangibly into our being by the means he left to us.

Every Thursday at 8:00 AM there is a Service of Healing in the context of Holy Communion. It is a bit more than that, however, for we take time to reflect on the Biblical readings for the coming Sunday together. I offer brief reflections from my study of each lesson and gain insight from the communal thoughts. We do all in a quiet manner and then center in prayer. For those who wish it, there is a laying on of hands for healing which opens them into Communion. All is completed within an hour.

On the first and third Sundays of July and August we welcome the village to an 8:00 AM half-hour service of prayer that unites us with nature, simple music and a short sermon on ‘Sconset beach. Families love this service and pets are welcomed, with a special Blessing-ofthe- Animals on the third Sundays. Bring a chair or towel for your comfort.

The vocation of any church and this Chapel is to offer entry points to a deepening relationship with God and one another. Each of these opportunities can be such welcoming entry points on this ever-deepening journey. We welcome the advent of summer and the treasure of life in Christ, ever deepening by simple actions of attentiveness.

In Christ’s love,
The Rev. J. Carr Holland III

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