Pastor’s Blog

“Our call as a congregation is to turn outward”

Dear Members and Friends: When we speak about spirituality a lot of attention gets given to the “inner life.”  We will speak of meditation, personal beliefs, getting right with the self.  The religious tradition that most clearly emphasizes this thought process is Buddhism.  In Christianity spirituality builds on Moses spending time on a mountain top,…

We Always Have the Right to Change our Mind

  Dear Members and Friends: “No” or “I will not” are two clear, concise, definitive statements.  Often they end conversations or communicate that an obstacle has appeared that may well be insurmountable.  Sadly, once uttered, many people do dig in their heels and become immovable. People around here are pretty good about not uttering either…

We Are An Easter People

Dear Members and Friends, When Western Europeans began to settle in Massachusetts, the region became known for its farming.  As time passed, mills and other manufacturing facilities, powered by rivers and streams, were built.  When the transition from farming to manufacturing and mills took place, farmland that no longer was needed either turned into housing…

The Promise of New Life

  Dear Members & Friends:   Easter is the defining day for Christianity.  The One who was killed on Good Friday and buried in a stone tomb, rises on Easter.  The followers of Jesus begin to have encounters with the resurrected Christ—some appear to be in bodily form, some of a spiritual/charismatic nature, some appear…

If a preacher is only speaking about topics that leave people feeling safe, warm, comfortable, affirmed, unchallenged; then we are not doing our job.

Dear Members and Friends, I continue to feel ever so blessed to be able to serve you as your Interim Senior Pastor.  There is a gracious spirit that runs through this community.  People genuinely enjoy spending time together. More challenging are those times when we start discussing those topics where we may have a difference…

God has given us laughter

  February opens with one of my favorite “fun” days of the year, Groundhog Day.  After a long, cold January, it is fun to stop and visit with one of the most unlikely forecasters of spring, a groundhog.  The most famous one is in Punxsutawney and has a most un-groundhog name, Phil.  What does a…

Interim Pastor Bruce Schoup

The Advent, Christmas, Epiphany season in the life of a congregation is one of great joy.  It is all too busy and yet that busyness is invariably related to activities that bring a sparkle to the eye. My own season will have an extra layer in it this year as I begin the process of…

Some Final Thoughts…Release of Vows

Some Final Thoughts… Release of Vows…   Dear Friends in Faith, Sunday, July 16 will be my last worship service here at The Congregational Church of Littleton. I want to thank you all for the many ways you have allowed me to be your pastor. I will look back fondly on our time together; and…

Meaningful Goodbyes…

Meaningful Goodbyes… Dear Friends in Faith, I read somewhere that how we say goodbye in all the lesser goodbyes of life prepares us for that final goodbye at life’s end. I believe that. I also believe that how we say goodbye says a lot about who we are, the depth of our relationship, and how…

Easter Continues

Easter Continues…. Dear Friends in Faith, I’m writing this article on the day after Easter. When you get it Easter will have been just a few weeks ago. We celebrated that life is stronger than death, love is stronger than hate, good is stronger than evil. It’s easy to celebrate that in the midst of…