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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The Art & Science of Poetic License

Sunday, February 12 was the second week of our new worship theme, “Poetic License.” How are our spirits renewed by the mysteries of creation? Several artists of our congregation shared their experiences in visual arts, music, spoken word, and teaching as art. Join your church family for a time to

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Ministry: A Balance of Sorts

For Amy Rixx’s Ordination SCRIPTURE: First Corinthians 13: 1-7, 13 – If I speak in the tongues of mortals or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and

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For Such a Time as This

On Sunday, January 29, Andy Bachmann rounds out our theme, “I’ll Fly Away: Stories of Captivity and Release” with the sermon, “For Such a Time as This.” As I have tried to make sense of our world this past week, I have turned a thoughtful eye to history. My past.

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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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Service Times

Sunday Services:
9:15 & 11:15am

Adult Seminars:
September 17 at 10:25am

Meditation in the Chapel: