First Congregational Church of Kensington
United Church of Christ
108 Amesbury Road
Kensington, NH 03833
FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
Greetings in the still summer – almost autumn time of the year!
I hope you all have had a wonderful summer and are savoring these last warm days! I am writing this before my vacation because of press deadlines and I will enjoy my time off with family and friends, water, and mountains! But I am already looking forward to the fall season as well.
One of the things that is always challenging for people is balancing life. Even retired folk find that days can just disappear with all the ways there are to keep busy. Our society’s demands on our time just seem to grow and grow, unlike some of the other countries where time off is more valued.
Because of the stresses put on us by all these demands, and things you want to do, church and worship of God is put off more and more. New Englanders continue to dwindle in church attendance in staggering numbers! The latest statistics I have seen say that only 2 out of 10 people regularly attend worship. That may or may not be related to the escalating numbers of people having addiction crises and periodic spikes in suicide rates. How are we supporting one another in developing helpful strategies to cope with crises of all kinds? Where can our children find opportunities to learn about faith and develop moral values?
An 8-year-old boy that I know went to Cub Scout Camp this summer. He was not prepared for the hateful, bullying way that he was treated. You know the Boy Scout oath of honor? The group that has contributed to some spine strengthening of some of our young men, where they teach many wonderful skills that young boys want to experience – like archery, bb guns, swimming, boating, etc.? Well these little boys were undeterred as they spent their time tormenting the one new little boy at camp who dropped out after a few days.
Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” has been on my mind through the past summer as people make choices about their time and direction in life.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.
And both that morning equally lay
In steps no foot had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence;
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
I am grateful for the choice that I made, and continue to make. Not only does it affect my life but all who take part in the road that leads to Kensington Congregational Church. We are making a difference not just locally but globally – as in our partnership with the Devuli Church in Zimbabwe. A year ago we sent 8 boxes of necessities to that community that is in desperate need of everything due to famine and corrupt leadership. This September we are sending 25 boxes and more equipment! We are making differences in lives near and far. We invite you to see what an awesome community lies within the community of Kensington!