Compassion, mercy & Justice
New England Seafarers Mission
New England Seafarers Mission began in the 1880s with the arrival of the Swedish Covenant Church during the great Scandinavian immigration to the US. We began with a single pastor who worked the waterfront, visiting primarily crews from the many Swedish ships calling in Boston. Over the years, that ministry grew to include people from all over the world. Today, NESM provides services in Boston, Providence, Narragansett Bay, Portsmouth, and Portland. We have professional, paid staff in Providence and Boston, but members of local churches in New Hampshire and Maine have taken on the ministry in those locations.
Today, NESM remains part of the Evangelical Covenant Church, and we have an endorsement as a co-operating ministry of the New England Synod of the ELCA (The Lutherans). We are supported by individual congregations from a large number of denominations, including a few free churches as well.
You can visit their website at http://neseafarers.org/
An offering from a congregant:
This week's prelude is a response to the racial protests, funeral, and all the other events that have been taking place in the last couple of weeks.
It is a medley of the spirituals Deep River and There Is a Balm in Gilead. I see the two as a lament along with a song of hope. There is deep sadness, and yet there is reason to hope for peace and healing.
Matthew 5:4 Contemporary English Version (CEV)
4 God blesses those people who grieve. They will find comfort!