Whether one approaches by land or sea, the landmark steeple of the church marks the center of this coastal community twenty miles north of Boston. Over the past two hundred years, the steeple itself has come to symbolize to both the membership, and the community at large, the commitment of the First Baptist Church to providing religious and civic leadership through Christian service to those in need and advocacy for peace.
This year’s annual theme reflects the sense of urgency felt in so many areas of life these days. The troubles people are facing are overwhelming. This feels like a time when now more than ever the world needs the work and commitment of people of faith to strive to bring God’s justice and love into our world. This feels like a time when now more than ever people need God’s power and inspiration for strength. This feel like a time when now more than ever the blessings of life, God’s good gifts, need to be received and enjoyed. II Timothy 4:17 says, “But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed…” Now More Than Ever we can cherish the promise that God will stand by each one that we might continue to do God’s incredible work in the world. As we begin to explore our annual theme, this fall we will be looking at how Now More Than Ever we are blessed by the fruits of God’s spirit, beginning with joy for truly Now More Than Ever we need joy and we need to offer as much joy as we can to others!