Greetings from the Presbyterian Church in Burlington

335 Cambridge St, Burlington, MA 01803
☎ 781.272.9190 🌐 office@burlingtonpres.org

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In-Person Worship Has Resumed

We are excited to welcome the community back into our building for in-person worship. To protect members, friends, and guests during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have adopted these measures:

  • Sanctuary seating is designated for physical distancing; please only sit next to those in your household.
  • Everyone must wear a mask at all times inside the building, regardless of vaccination status; extra masks are available at the door.
  • Hand sanitizer is available throughout the building.
  • Collection plates and communion elements will not be passed from hand to hand.
  • Coffee hour is suspended for the time being. 
  • As with all other activities, if you feel unwell, please stay home and join the service over Zoom.

Those who are not able to participate in person are welcome to join us on Zoom. We are streaming the service live over Zoom and also sharing a recording of the service later. Our Sunday School program for children and youth is also meeting again in-person.

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Sunday worship is streamed live via Zoom; join us with the link below.

Sunday Morning Worship
10:25 – 11:40 am

View a recent worship service below or previous recordings here.

Text: Advent Hope

Advent 2021

We’ve begun our journey toward Bethlehem and the manger once more. This Advent season, we will focus on HOPE and the different ways we encounter hope in our world and in our lives. If you participate in worship via Zoom and have an Advent wreath at home, you may want to have it ready so that you can participate in the weekly candle lighting. Where do you hear hope in the sounds of the season? In the carols and songs that we sing? In the scripture readings proclaiming the coming of the Prince of Peace? In the laughter of children and in the stillness of the evening? God speaks to us in many ways. Let your ears and hearts be open to hearing hope this Advent season. 

Advent Studies and Devotions:

"Advent in Plain Sight" book cover.

Women’s Bible Study meets Thursday mornings at 9:30 AM on Zoom. We are beginning a new study for Advent; “Advent in Plain Sight” by Jill Duffield. If you need a copy, you can find it on Amazon, in Kindle or Print edition. You can join in the weekly Women’s Bible Study using this Zoom link.

If others have interest in an evening Advent study group, please notify Pastor Trina pastor@burlingtonpres.org and let her know! Thursdays at 7 are an option for an evening group to meet. 

We are excited that the Advent season has started. Feel free to download the “Names of Jesus: An Advent Countdown” you can do so here. This resource, created by Jen Slater, contains weekly scripture readings starting November 28, as well as once-a-day cards that reveal a different Name of Jesus from December 1 to January 9. Feel free to share this resource. We hope you find it meaningful. 

If you are looking for a brief, daily Advent devotional, try this online Advent calendar. It has a scripture reading, hymn, and prayer for each day of Advent.

Special Services:

Longest Night – There will be a Longest Night Service on December 16 at 7 PM

Christmas Drama – We are looking for children and youth who would like to participate in our Christmas Drama called “They followed a Bright Star” by Joan Alavedra and Ulises Wensell. This year we will hold our Christmas drama on Sunday, December 19 at 10:30 AM. Contact Jen at jenmcarver@gmail.com if you are interested in participating in or helping with the Christmas drama.

Sounds of the Season:

Enjoy this Spotify playlist of Advent hymns; you will need a free Spotify account to listen to the full song tracks.

Food Collections

We support the Burlington Food Pantry, with a monthly, contact-free, drive-by food collection in our parking lot the first Saturday of each month from 9-11 am. The next collection will be Saturday, December 4, from 9–11 am. Drive up to the front door, pop open your trunk, and volunteers will collect your donation. Please only donate NON-PERISHABLE items that are not expired or opened. Click or tap on the button below for a list of needed items.

Bag lunches for Common Cathedral

It was a joy on Sunday November 14 to gather on Boston Common and share in worship with the community at Common Cathedral. Thanks to all who donated items, and helped prepare 150 bag lunches on Saturday, including our friends from First United Presbyterian Church in Cambridge, MA. Common Cathedral is an ecumenical church community that works to meet the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of homeless people in Boston.

Fair-Trade Christmas Gifts

“Fair-Trade” is a  global movement delivering better prices, decent working conditions and a fairer deal for farmers and workers in developing countries.

The Covid pandemic is still with us, so we still can’t host an in-person Fair-Trade Gift Show this year. Supply chains and store shelves will be challenged this Christmas season. So, take a look now at our curated collection of links to organizations offering fair-trade gifts for purchase online. Your purchase of fair-trade products helps artisans and farmers build healthier, sustainable communities worldwide.

Jesus Calls Us – To Care for Creation

This 3-minute video encourages creation care, amidst climate change. We can make a difference and answer the call of Matthew 25 to care for the least of these.

Black Lives Matter banner.

Racism victimizes many people but has a unique impact on African Americans. Given the forms anti-Black racism has taken historically and currently, we state clearly: GOD LOVES BLACKNESS. This truth has been denied by too many for too long. We align with love and not hate; we reject racism and proclaim that God delights in Black lives.

Adapted from – Facing Racism: A Vision of the Intercultural Community,
PC(USA) Churchwide Antiracism Policy.

Learn more here about why we say: Presbyterians affirm Black Lives Matter

Singing the Matthew 25 Vision

Our congregation accepted the invitation of Matthew 25:31-46 to be the hands and feet of Jesus, serving people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned or poor. That vision is set to music in the hymn, “Jesus Be With Us,” with text and tune by the Rev. Dr. David Gambrell, PCUSA Office of Theology and Worship, with singing and music arrangement by Phillip Morgan, Central Presbyterian Church, Louisville, KY.

The author/composer and arranger/performer grant permission for use of the hymn and recording in worship, online or otherwise. For other uses, please consult the copyright holders.

We’re Here Because …

Members tell why they belong to the Presbyterian Church in Burlington, MA in this 2‑minute video.

I am the church!
You are the church!
We are the church together!

Richard K. Avery &
Donald S. Marsh

  • Coffee table set for home communion
  • Pastor and worshipers in sanctuary
  • People gathered for coffee hour
  • Women walking labyrinth in fellowship hall
  • Backpacks piled on table
  • Person holds sign saying "Christians for Science"go
  • Women visiting in nursing home
  • Trays of food on serving table
  • Woman putting food in commercial refrigerator
  • Men hugging in Fellowship Hall
  • Box full of bagged lunches labeled "Tuna"
  • SUV filled with bags of clothing
  • New members at front of sanctuary
  • Table with advent wreath
  • Street view of our church building
  • Full sanctuary, table set for communion
  • Books seen through glass door

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Peace be with you!

Page updated 28 November 2021; Burlington Presbyterian Church

Presbyterian Church in Burlington, MA
335 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA 01803
☎ 781.272.9190
🌐 office@burlingtonpres.org

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