Episcopal Church of the Messiah, North Woodstock

Featured image: Rev. Teresa Gocha and Fred Chisholm welcome me to Episcopal Church of the Messiah.

On Sunday, December 10, I took the invitation to preach and to celebrate Holy Communion at the Episcopal Church of the Messiah in North Woodstock. I arrived ahead of their 9:00am service and met with Rev. Teresa Gocha, who was preparing for worship, and Fred Chisholm, who is preparing for ordained ministry.

I preached on the figure of John the Baptist who said, “I am the voice” (John 1:23), but it is Jesus who is “the Word who became flesh” (John 1:14). I shared stories about how the NH Council of Churches helps local churches come together, especially to serve people fearing deportation. Just as John the Baptist had a mission to be a Voice for God’s Word, so we continue that ministry of communicating stories of salvation and redemption:

“God’s best microphone is Christ, and
Christ’s best microphone is the Church, and
the Church is all of you” (Archbishop Oscar Romero).

Would you like the NH Council of Churches to visit or to preach at your local congregation? Please send an invitation via email or a phone call and we will find a Sunday to join you!

Church of the Messiah, North Woodstock
Church of the Messiah, North Woodstock is next door to the Woodstock Inn & Brewery. Quite a sight in the fresh snow!
The church is quiet and ready for the people to arrive.
During the reading of Isaiah 40, a worshiper’s dog (named “Moose”) wandered up to me looking for ear-scritches.
After worship, the congregation moves to the back of the church to fellowship in the form of coffee and cookies.
A sight seen around the corner from the church on my ride home.

Author: Jason

Rev. Jason Wells is the executive director of the New Hampshire Council of Churches. Prior to this position he served Episcopal congregations in New Hampshire for 13 years after his ordination in 2004. Jason is also a board member of the ACLU-NH. He is a former president of the Greater Concord Interfaith Council and has served on the Episcopal Church's committee on ecumenical and interfaith relationships. Jason received a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and also holds bachelors degrees in computer science and mathematics from Southern Methodist University.