On Not Rolling Like an Anger Ball

Ephesians 4:26-29 It has been a challenging roller coaster week, emotionally and spiritually. Many weeks are like that. It is joyful to be gathered together here to sing, pray, reflect, laugh, and ask each other important questions. In churches around this country, at this very moment, there are preachers shouting

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Listening to God/Speaking to Pharaoh

There are many ways to speak to the powers of captivity and chaos. There are many ways to respond with the voices of release. You know the old familiar story of Moses the liberator recounted in the spiritual we sang. Go down and tell the pharaohs to let my people

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Waiting for the Water to Ripple

Waiting for the Water to Ripple Andy Bachmann John 5:2-9 “Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate, there is a pool, called in Hebrew, “Beth-zatha,” which has five porticoes. In these lay many invalids—blind, lame and paralyzed, waiting for the water to stir; for an angel of the Lord went

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Be Not Afraid

AB: When I first moved to Gainesville from Chicago 13 years ago, the hardest adjustment for me was getting used to the idea that it could be 80 degrees outside and still be Christmas. And I will admit that I still miss the snow on Christmas Eve. For the past

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The Adolescent Angst of Emmanuel

Luke 2:41-52 Jesus at Twelve Years “Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom; and when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem.

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I Will Sing a New Song

Many of the old Christmas carols, underneath their sweetness and beauty, reflect a theme of weariness, the desperation of many of the world’s peoples, suffering through another year of violence and deprivation. Poverty, war, racism, disease, and environmental degradation all combine to threaten the celebrations all around us. Yet, also

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The History of Lessons & Carols at UCG

Twenty five years ago, UCG members John Middlebrooks and Dennis Owen proposed that we offer the traditional Service of Nine Lessons and Carols modeled after the format of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols of Kings College, Cambridge. This classic service actually begins with Genesis and follows the history

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If I Only Had the Nerve

Psalm 56:3 If I only had the nerve, sang the cowardly lion in the movie. If he only had the nerve, he could show his prowess, be a lion, not mouse, oh, he’d roar the way he never roared before, and then he’d ruffff and roar some more. So goes

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That’s No Way to Throw a Party

Luke 14:15-24, The Parable of the Great Feast We have a new worship theme about throwing parties. My favorite party story in the bible is the parable Jesus tells about the great feast. The host has invited all the big shots, perhaps his best friends.  It appears to be a

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Occupy the Body

October 23, 2016 – Pride Sunday Psalm 139 For me and I’m guessing maybe for you, too, politics as usual, has been more challenging than usual. The vitriol never seems to stop, but then, in the middle of the myriad challenges to sanity and serenity, I also discovered a profound

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9:15 & 11:15am

Adult Seminars:
10:25am

Meditation in the Chapel:
8:15am