Showing Forth

Andy Bachmann January 4, 2018 Matthew 2:1-12 It seems odd to be talking about the magi at this late date, doesn’t it? The Christmas decorations have been put away. The tree gasped its last dying breath weeks ago; and when we removed it from the house on New Year’s Day

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 Collecting Crèches  

AB: We’ve made no secret of how we often jokingly refer to the 4:30 Family Service as, “The Running of the Children.” It begins innocently enough; with the sanctuary decked out in its Christmas finest. And the families file in decked out in theirs, too. We do our best to

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Spirit of Christmas

This is my favorite Sunday in Advent: Joy Sunday! I love this moment in cyclical time, with the anticipation of Christmas Eve just around the corner and all of the decorations up and festive sweaters in full rotation. It follows the two Sundays of Advent during which tradition asks us

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Getting to Gratitude via the Path of Healing

  There is a story in Scripture of this time when Jesus saw a group of ten lepers –those most down and out, sick in body, rejected by the majority culture, alone and hopeless in their segregated community. In the story, they all receive the same blessing—that of a fresh

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Come to the Feast

An extravagant party is the setting for the parable today. Jesus often uses food, banquets, and eating together to symbolize the arrival of heaven on earth, God’s reign of love made true. But, even in Biblical storytelling, parties rarely seem to go as planned. Think just for a moment about

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All Saints at the Welcome Table

It was two years ago this week on All Hallows Eve that a handful of friends and I finally walked into Cathedral Square in Santiago de Compostella, Spain. These were the final steps of the 500-mile journey we had embarked on 5 weeks prior. I can still feel the goosebumps

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Pride Sunday Reflections

Several UCG members reflect on what Pride means to them.   Mary Fukuyama Good Morning Everyone, My name is Mary Fukuyama and I have been asked to provide some background history about how UCG become an ONA church. Just the other week, a new member asked me what the letters

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“Cultivating the Garden Within”

BPM Service with Live Oak Sangha and Swamp Sangha October 15, 2017  “Cultivating the Garden Within”  Kevin Conlin I am a gardener in the conventional world. And I love this metaphor of “cultivating the garden within” for my spiritual practice. It provides a framework of how to work with my

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I Pledge Allegiance

I Pledge Allegiance Andy Bachmann October 1, 2017 In 8th grade, I was elected Vice-President of the Student Council for my school, McClure Junior High. I wasn’t sure what it meant to be Vice-President, but my mom assured me it was a great responsibility and honor, and it meant that

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A Sermon Written While Cleaning Up

The Shape of Things to Come has been our worship theme over this month, and as we’ve noted, we shape our own realities with raw materials and also we are molded by other people’s actions and by external events that occur and we are changed.  Someone said to me gently

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Peaceful Neighbors

Peaceful Neighbors                                                    Talia Raymond                                               9/17/2017 One of the reasons that I wanted to go to Rollins College was because Mr. Rogers went there, and, in my mind there could be no better recommendation.  When I settled on music as a major, I wouldn’t

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Shaping Up at Amelia Island

Shaping Up at Amelia Island    James 1:2-4; 19-25   September 3, 2017   Shelly Wilson Maybe you’ve written them–those reports at the beginning of school–what I did on my summer vacation. This year, we went to Amelia Island for a week and stayed in a nice vacation rental place, whose owners are

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Service Times

Sunday Services:
9:15am and 11:15am

Meditation in the Chapel:
8:15am