OPEN SANCTUARY In the Middle Ages, church sanctuaries were open for sanctuary for those seeking shelter, safety and comfort. On Wednesday evenings from 3:30 to 8:30, we open our sanctuary for prayer, meditation and silence. All are welcome and there is no program or expectation of commitment to faith or creed. We simply provide space and invite you to partake.
Welcome to our church!
Worship: Sunday at 10am Communion - first Sunday of month We extend a sincere welcome to all who come to Rockland Congregational Church at 180 Limerock Street, Rockland, Maine. We wish you joy as we worship God together, peace in the knowledge of God's love, and hope as we travel on the journey of faith.
Our doors are open to everyone and we warmly invite you to join us for worship on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. Whether you are just beginning to explore faith, or are a longtime member of the community, we invite you to continue to nurture your spiritual journey in an environment of warmth, caring, and freedom.
(we will never be closed for weather - please use your best judgment regarding safety!)
Meditation, Prayer and Silent Space Wednesdays 3:30 - 8:30 in the meetinghouse
Serving the community for 179 years!
ORGANIST/CHOIR DIRECTOR FOR ROCKLAND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
RCC is seeking an organist and a choir director to join our Music Ministry. We have a well-maintained Lane pipe organ, excellent sound system and acoustics. Our organist will play Sunday mornings, funerals, weddings, and special services. We encourage new organists to apply. Our choir director will offer practice session(s) and will lead choir on Sunday mornings and special services. Please email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org, and let us know the best time to contact you.
In 2007, Nancy celebrated 50 years of a varied and successful nursing career. Following her last full-time position as Administrative Supervisor at Penobscot Bay Medical Center, she completed the Parish Nurse Program at Marquette University College of Nursing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As Parish Nurse, Nancy assists the pastor in monitoring members of the congregation with health issues. She does no hands-on nursing with the exception of a monthly blood pressure clinic. She is an active retiree who enjoys spending time with her family, particularly as a "rooting team" for her grandchildren, and doing gardening and bird-watching. Her continuing professional involvement includes serving on the Board of the Knox County Federal Credit Union, and on the Professional Activities Committee at Kno-Wal-Lin Home Health Care.
Feast, Faith and Film Every month, on the second Sunday, we watch a film which is designed to help us reflect upon our faith and our journey in and with Christ.
For May, we will not have a movie. But please check back for next month!
Feast, Faith and Film: "Up" January 12th, 2014 Join us following our service on Sunday for an inspiring film about forgiveness and hope! We will have a baked potato bar for lunch.
PENTECOST AT ROCKLAND CONGREGATIONAL
The season of Pentecost is the time of the church year when we celebrate the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives and among us as the people and Church of Jesus Christ The season of Pentecost lasts all the way until Advent, which begins December 4th. This Pentecost season we will explore The Lord's Prayer and The 10 Commandments.
Please join us at 10am on Sundays to worship and celebrate the presence of the Holy Spirit among us!
Thank You to everyone who participated and attended the Boar's Head Festival!
Both shows sold out! Animals were in the church! Even Llamas! Children, young and old, enjoyed the Petting Tent brought to us by Zabby's Farm! The Boar's Head, representative of Christ's victory over darkness, was received by the King and Queen and we were reminded, once again, that a little child has brought the light of God into the world and his name was Jesus. Join us for the celebration next year!
Lenten Observance at Rockland Congregational Church
Each year during Lent, Rockland Congregational Church seeks to honor Jesus' time in the wilderness with a time of simple devotion and worship. We begin each session with a simple soup and bread meal and then gather in the chapel for a time to pray and to meditate on Scripture in the style of reading called "Lectio Divina" . Please join us on Wednesday evenings at 5:30pm for Soup and Bread. Gathering at 6:00pm in the Chapel. Beginning February 20th through March 20th.
Rev. Seth D. Jones has been a father to daughter, RJ (short for Rhiannon), for almost 13 years, a husband to his wife Kate for almost 20 years and an ordained minister for about 2 years. Seth was called to the ministry when he was 16 years old, after he was baptized on the hill behind his parents’ home in Eau Claire, Wisconsin by his Congregational pastor of First Congregational Church of Eau Claire. Between that initial calling and when he returned to seminary in 2005, Seth followed a circuitous path that has led him to Rockland Congregational Church. After graduating from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, with a BA in English Literature, Seth attended United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. There, he received an M.A. in Religious Studies and lost his faith. Around that time, he also started studying Tai Chi Chuan, a Chinese martial art and meditation practice. He taught Tai Chi for almost 12 years. During his time at the Tai Chi school, Kate and Seth helped form a commune focused on Tai Chi. While teaching Tai Chi, Seth also worked in a variety of positions in the financial industry. After crashing the email servers for a major corporation, working in mortgages before the big housing crash and going broke trying to sell financial products, Seth was drawn back into the Christian faith, kicking and screaming. His family and he joined Colonial Church of Edina, Minnesota in 2003 and, under the guidance and care of a great many people there, Seth remembered his call to the ministry. Seth started attending Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, a lone Congregationalist in a sea of Lutherans. He also was accepted to the Congregational Foundation for Theological Studies (CFTS) through the NACCC. Seth received his M. Div from Luther Seminary in May of 2008, was recognized at Plimouth Plantation by the NACCC at the beginning of June, 2008 and was ordained at Colonial Church of Edina on June 15, 2008. The Lord saw fit to send Seth and his family out to Yellowstone Park, beginning in July, 2008, where he was pastor of Mt. Republic Chapel of Peace, an interdenominational church that serves Yellowstone Park and the Beartooth valley. Mt. Republic Chapel considers its mission to be a training ground for new pastors, and given its remote location and that it is the only church for 60 miles in any direction, Seth received a crash course in ministry. Seth, Kate and RJ are very happy to be by the ocean and Seth is very excited to be the pastor of Rockland Congregational Church.
The Festival is a re-enactment of ancient celebrations which marked the end of the twelve days of Christmas and were held on the Feast of Epiphany, when tradition claims that the Magi offered their gifts to the Christ Child. In medieval England, this time was recognized by revels in the manor hall, presenting a wild boar’s head, which came to symbolize Christ’s triumph over Satan.
Our Festival is staged in the spacious sanctuary, decorated in the beginning as the Manor House. Arriving guests are greeted with music and offered sweetmeats. The Herald proclaims the entry of the Boar’s Head, carried in triumph by the Beefeaters, and a procession of cooks and staff brings forth the great feast. Then follow carolers to wish us well, King Wenceslas and his pages reminding us to help those in need, and woodsmen with the yule log, which represents the rekindling of love. The lights dim and the hall transforms into a cathedral for the worship of the newborn King as the Holy Family arrives, followed by Shepherds, Magi and animals. When all have assembled, they kneel in adoration. The ceremony closes as a small child in the role of the yule sprite, accompanied by a cleric of the church, carries forth Christ’s light to all people. The audience is invited to enjoy refreshments in the fellowship hall after the festival.
Throughout the performance, music by the Midcoast Brass Quintet, the Chancel Choir and handbell ringers of Rockland Congregational Church, and vocal and instrumental soloists, with singing by the congregation, is enhanced by Richard Einsel at the organ. With a large costumed cast, dancers from the Rockport Dance Conservatory, live animals, choirs and musicians, the Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival at Rockland Congregational Church is a glorious way to close the holiday season.