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First Congregational Church of Amherst to hold election day services

First Congregational Church of Amherst will hold two communion services on Election Day next Tuesday at noon and 6:30 p.m. and another one next Wednesday at 6 p.m.

It has joined a group of more than 630 churches and other organizations that seek to provide a religious outlet for people who are tired of politics dividing the Christian church, according to electiondaycommunion.org.

“Let’s come together in our respective churches, regardless of party, political affiliation or denomination,” according to the Web site.

The Rev. Vicki Kemper, pastor of First Church, wrote an email message to other religious leaders in the Pioneer Valley inviting them to let their members know they are welcome at the services.

“As Christians, we are, first and foremost, citizens of God’s realm, and our primary allegiance is to Christ rather than political parties or candidates,” she wrote.

The two services on Tuesday were scheduled to accommodate different schedules and driving needs, she wrote.

“On the following day, regardless of how the elections turn out, we will gather to pray for our nation,” she wrote.

First Congregational Church is at 165 Main St. in downtown Amherst. There will also be Election Day communion services at First Churches in Northampton.

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