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10:30AM
Year-Round

Mary Lyon Church
17 Upper Street Buckland, MA 01338
Ph: 413-625-9440

 




Who We Are?
We look forward to giving you a warm welcome at the Mary Lyon Church. You will find:

  • A caring community that puts people before beliefs.
  • People who believe that spiritual exploration is vital to their lives.
  • People who value music and make it a central part of their weekly worship experience.
  • A congregation open to people of all ages, races, and denominational backgrounds.
  • An informal, traditional, and family-oriented style of worship.

Order of Worship

Order of Worship for Sunday, March 2, 2008

PRELUDE
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
CHORAL INTROIT "Come to the Light"
CALL TO WORSHIP                                                                            Pastor: God has given us True Light in Christ                                         People: Light is God's gift to each, and to all together.                            Pastor: Let our light so shine before people                                               People: that they come fully alive and give God glory.
PROCESSIONAL HYMN "The Whole World Was Lost"
UNISON PRAYER OF INVOCATION                                                                O God who made light and earth, water and air; You who shaped within our flesh a radiant soul; You who savored all things made in and through Jesus Christ: surround and invade us with Your spirit, till we behold Your whole creation and are made glad by the goodness set within us.  then turn us to receive Your blessing upon our work and Your strength upon our purposes.  Amen
GLORIA PATRI
SCRIPTURE READING 1 Samuel 16:1-3
CHOIR ANTHEM "Let Us Break Bread Together" by Harry R. Wilson and Walter Ehret
COMMUNITY MOMENT
HYMN "I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say"
PASTORAL PRAYER AND LORD'S PRAYER
CHORAL RESPONSE
OFFERTORY "The Lord Is My Shepherd, No Want Shall I Know" by Thomas Koschat
DOXOLOGY AND PRAYER OF DEDICATION
ORGAN RESPONSE
SCRIPTURE READING John 9:1-41
MESSAGE "The Eyes to See" by Rich Fournier                                         COMMUNION HYMN "Here I Am. Lord"                                       
COMMUNION                                                                                   PARTING HYMN "Blest Be the Tie That Binds"
BENEDICTION
CHORAL RESPONSE
POSTLUDE


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Church Newsletter
The Mary Lyon Church publishes a monthly newsletter to communicate information about upcoming events in the life of the church, inspirational stories, and news about the greater community. If you have an article that you would like to have published in the next edition of our newsletter, please send it by the third week of month to: newsletter@marylyonchurch.org


Brief History of the Mary Lyon Church

HISTORICAL SKETCH
The First Congregational Church of Buckland was organized in October 1785 with eighteen members.

The erection of the church building, which is known to have contained a balcony and box pews, was completed in 1800. In 1846 this building was remodeled and enlarged. It was also raised in order to provide a hall beneath the sanctuary, in which the town meetings were held for a period of about forty years. The roof had very little alterations. The massive trusses of the original building can still be seen in the attic. Although built at the end of the 18th century, the construction looks backward in style and has some features in common with the roof construction of the famous 17th century “Old Ship Church” in Hingham, Massachusetts.

In 1907 the interior of the sanctuary was equipped with metal sheathing on the walls and ceilings. The pews, which are being used today, were installed, replacing a set which had been in use since the removal of the box pews. Other changes during the 20th century included the installation of memorial windows in the sanctuary in 1909 and an electric organ in 1958.

Mary Lyon, founder of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, has been the church’s most distinguished gift to the world. Miss Lyon was baptized and received membership in 1822. Through the generosity of an admirer, a memorial tablet was placed on the south wall of the sanctuary, above the central door. It is altogether fitting that this church should be known as “The Mary Lyon Church”.
The tribute to Miss Lyon should be accompanied with an equally grateful tribute to the host of men and women of lesser fame, living and dead, who have helped to make the church what it is today.

On January 3, 1961 the church voted to join the United Church of Christ.

If you would like to know more about Mary Lyon, please click on the following link to learn more about this important local and national figure: www.mtholyoke.edu/marylyon/



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