Hadwen Park Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
6 Clover Street, Worcester MA 01603 | 508-752-7489
Office Hours: 9 am - 2 pm | Wed., Thurs., Fri.
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Touch of God's Grace Prayer Ministry
A box designated to receive prayer requests is located in the chancel. Parishioners are invited to place written prayer requests in the box at any time the church is open. The Prayer Outreach team will offer intercessory prayer for your concerns as they pray over the Prayer Box often.
Our Outreach Prayer Ministry is available for specific prayer needs when notified by e-mail. You may also leave a note in the offering plate requesting specific needs or urgent prayers. The Prayer Ministry will then be notified.
A weekly or semi-weekly e-mail is sent from the church office to those who are listed in our church directory. The emails list current prayer concerns and is offered as a means of uniting us when we pray for others in need.
A Prayer after the Boston Marathon Bombing
God of Peace, whose Son spoke words of calm into the storm, we pray for all those caught up in the bombings in Boston, for those who have lost their lives, and for those whose lives have been scarred by this act; bring calm and peace into our communities, melt the hearts of those who would turn to violence, and draw close to your people with comfort and love; we ask this in the name of Jesus, our risen Lord. Amen.
~ Pastor Judy
On Sunday, April 21, our morning worship included a Jewish funeral custom known as the Rending of Garments and observed in our sanctuary in remembrance of those who lost their lives, loved ones or limbs in the Boston Marathon bombing. The ceremony includes tearing fabric into strips - one for each victim who died - and smaller tears to the remaining remnant for those injured. The strips were draped on our Communion table and over the cross.
Also placed on the table were a policeman's badge and a first aid kit to honor the first responders who served the victims, one of whom lost his life.
During the service, the smaller tears were sewn back together to symbolize our call to minister to and help the healing of those who have been harmed. At the close of the service, the repaired fabric was hung behind the cross.