Several times throughout the year we have special services that celebrate important times of year in our life together as a congregation.
Service of Blessing
Every summer, Pilgrims are encouraged to bring water back from our summer travels. In September, during a special service we bless the water and add it to our holy water supply after it is purified. At our Service of Blessing, we also bless children’s backpacks as they head back to school. Finally, we end the service outside blessing bicycles brought to church that day. Water, Backpacks, and Bikes—blessings abound!
All Saints Day
On the Sunday closest to November 1st we remember the people of our church who have died that year, and their families. The names are read aloud and a bell is rung as we pause to remember fondly and with thanksgiving the individual and all the saints who have gone before us.
Two or three times a year our Chancel Choir performs more extensive pieces of music in lieu of a sermon, often with vocal soloists and instrumentalists. Sometimes these pieces coincide with Advent and Lent. Past pieces include Rutter’s Te Deum, selections from Handel’s Messiah, and Haydn’s Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo.
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The Lexington Town Thanksgiving Service, sponsored by the Lexington Clergy Association, will be held on Tuesday November 21 at 7:30 PM in the Grace Chapel Sanctuary, 59 Worthen Road. This is a town gathering and is open to people of faith, no faith and everyone in-between. The theme of this year’s Thanksgiving Service is “We the People: An Evening of Gratitude and Affirmation of Our Community”. Participating will be the Lexington Minute Men, a volunteer town Choir, the Grace Chapel Orchestra, Residents of Lexington, LexRAP and members of Lexington’s Interfaith Clergy Association. An Offering will be taken to support the work with refugees through LexRAP. A reception in the Grace Chapel Courtyard will follow the hour long service.
Pilgrim will be hosting this year’s interfaith Thanksgiving Service led by the Lexington Interfaith Clergy Association! As a continuation of town-wide conversations and initiatives, the service will focus on our appreciation for the simple gifts of Lexington. The simple gifts of hospitality, caring for our children and youth, and service/striving for justice. Featured speakers will be Lexington High School Principal Laura Lasa, Founders of Lex Eat Together Harriet Kaufman and Laura Derby, and leader of Lexington’s MLK Day of Service Sam Zales. All are welcome! We hope that you will attend and bring a friend. Refreshments and conversation will follow the service.
Pilgrim has not hosted for a number of years and this evening will be a great opportunity to welcome the town into our church home. We will need volunteers from the congregation to make this evening a success for our many guests! The Vitality Committee will help coordinate the reception. In the meantime, here’s what we need from you:
• At least 4 ushers who will greet our guests, pass out bulletins, and collect the offering
• People willing to provide a dessert to share for the reception
• Servers and a clean-up crew for the reception
If you are willing to help with any of these items, please let Beth Kurth know so she can help organize our volunteers! Thank you! (firstname.lastname@example.org)