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Join us Sundays at 10am!

Come and experience worship in the Sanctuary, where traditions meet thoughtful contemporary perspectives. Please join us afterwards for refreshments and conversation in the Parish Hall. On Sunday, March 8th Emmanuel Music will perform Bach Cantata 54, Widerstehe doch der Sünde [Just resist sin] as part of the worship service.

The Still, Small Voice of One Girl

Learning to Listen in Uganda

Hearing Bach’s cantatas at Emmanuel Church each week has encouraged me to listen in a whole new way. I carried this evolving aural ability with me as I traveled to Uganda to learn about the health and wellbeing of women and children.

I set off with two other American women into a rural mountainous region near the Democratic Republic of Congo. A few days prior to our arrival, a massive flood had swept away entire villages in the Rwenzori Mountains, leaving a wide plain of mud and debris in the town of Kasese, where we were staying.
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Finding Our Faith

“Book officiant.” That’s what all the bridal magazines told me to do at least nine months before the wedding.

To be honest, with a year to plan I’d been more preoccupied with short ribs or halibut, buttercream or fondant, than with deciding who would perform our ceremony. But somewhere between selecting mini crab flautas to be served during cocktail hour and corn bisque for a starter, I realized the menu shouldn’t be my top priority. For the first time, Eric and I would have to explicitly address our different religious backgrounds and decide how Judaism and Christianity would factor into our life together.
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Ihr Seid die Gesegneten des Herren

During a worship service a while back, the chorus of Emmanuel Music sang a motet Der Herr denket an uns, which is #9 in Johann Hermann Schein’s Israels Brünnlein collection. The text is from Psalm 115, verses 12–15. I sat there in my usual spot in the third row, soaking up the beauty in my usual way—not following along in the program but just watching the singers, players, and John Harbison’s conducting dance. And listening. Listening with a ferocious desire for bigger ears so I could take in this miracle of sound that we call music.
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Our Building

Our building is a home and resource for a dynamic group of programs and organizations who partner with us to preserve this historic structure and project our ideals of justice, spirituality, and art into the community of the Boston metropolitan area.
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