Senior Sunday

On Sunday, May 21, 2017 our high school youth group hosted Senior Sunday, where our graduating seniors share thoughts on their UCG experience. In this service our youth choose every song, write every prayer, and lead our hearts to a deeper appreciation of who we are as a spiritual community.

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An Open Letter to the Broken-hearted

I Kings 19:1-13 The Bible, like many sacred writings, contains love letters, given and received. Letters of passionate longing like Song of Solomon, “Kiss me again and again, for your love is sweeter than wine.” Letters of regret like Psalm 51—“Create in me a clean heart, and renew a right

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Beyond Empire – Easter Sunday

Shelly: One of the most joyful parts of our jobs is to lead worship services on Easter Day. But one of the hardest things for ministers preaching on Easter Day is to think of a good sermon title. As evidence of this, Andy and I give you a short list

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Palming off Our Creeds

In some Bibles, the Palm Sunday story is sometimes subtitled, “the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem” which is ironic, of course, since the word triumphal implies that somebody is the victor and somebody else is the defeated and that is precisely NOT what this event is about. It is a public

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The High Cost of Keeping Quiet

Mark 4:35-40 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves

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Nevertheless, She Also Persisted

SCRIPTURE AND READINGS Sometimes I wondered if I had any faith. And when I had had enough of that, I got up and went on my way. And that – the getting up and going – was faith. ~ M. J. Irion Faith is the assurance of things hoped for,

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Practice Resurrection

Matthew 16: 21 From that time forth began Jesus to show to his disciples, how that he must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again on the third day.  I recently wondered – how many

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John 11:1-45 My dad finally came out of the closet not so long ago. I’d been carrying him around for a while.  Not shut up in a tomb with a rock in the door like Lazarus, all that remained had been sitting on a shelf near the computer in an

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Easter: The Prequel

Mark 9:2-10 The disciples did, however, question what this rising from the dead meant. Without a good Lent, there’s not a great Easter.  We can have a pretty good Easter without a good Lent but not a great Easter. We have these next 40 days, not counting Sundays, to prepare

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The Living Poet Takes the Road

I’ve needed this February worship theme of Poetic License in the context of our troubled world. In hard personal or political times we need creativity to help put us back together after the latest news has broken us apart.  Art and beauty help us remember who we are as spiritual

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A Cold and Broken Hallelujah

A few years ago I got in a little trouble with a church member for a sermon I preached, entitled, “The Awful Grace of God.” In it, I quoted a little poem written some 2500 years ago by the Greek dramatist, Aeschylus. He said, “They who learn must suffer. Even

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Service Times

Sunday Services:
9:15 & 11:15am

Adult Seminars:

Meditation in the Chapel: