WORSHIP IN EPIPHANY—New Beginnings for a New Year
“Epiphany”—the season after Christmas—comes from a word that means “Light.” Epiphanies are when the light comes on and we see something or someone in a new way. That’s what happens in the stories of this season, both the stories of our faith and the stories of our own lives. Epiphany Worship will still be virtual, but God’s promises for a new year are real!
What Were They Thinking?!
Epiphany Sunday, January 3
United’s First Ever VIRTUAL Epiphany Pageant
What were those Wise Men thinking when they followed a star and ended up in a barn? What was King Herod thinking when they showed up in his court, looking for a new king? What were Joseph and Mary thinking when they heard the news of what the old king was doing? What do we think, when we hear this old story in a new year?
A Different Kind of Baptism
According to Matthew’s Gospel, after the Magi finally found their way to the Christ Child, they “went home by another way.” (Matthew 2:1-11) Shortly thereafter, Mary and Joseph realized they couldn’t go home any way (Matthew 2:13-23)—at least not for a long time. What did they learn on their flight to Egypt? What have we learned over the past ten months as our lives have been turned upside down? We’ll also (virtually) share Communion and also the Renewal of Baptism Vows.
The Spirit that Connects and Unites
Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday, January 17
We welcome Dr. Rollo Dilworth, Professor of Music at Temple University and colleague of Bradley Ellingboe, as guest preacher in a “trialogue sermon” for Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday. Dr. Dilworth is a nationally known composer and historian of African American Music. His focus is Psalm 139 that promises God’s Spirit is with us always.
After the Easy Part
The Gospel of Mark makes it sound so easy. Jesus walks along the Sea of Galilee, sees some men fishing, and calls them to follow him. “Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.” The first day was easy. It was the days that followed that were hard for Simon and the others. Perhaps for us as well, as we try to be the disciples God calls us to be. (Mark 1:14-20)
Use Your Freedom Wisely
The early Christians who comprised the United Church of Corinth had it made. God’s Spirit had been poured out on each of them, blessing them with power and freedom from all the old rules and regulations. But Paul reminded them that while “all things are lawful, not all things build up.” (I Corinthians 8:1-13) They had the freedom to do whatever they chose, but they also had to consider what their choices did to others. A good plumb line, for a church and for a nation.
Traditionally, Sunday services are held at 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM. Holy Communion is celebrated every Sunday at 8:30 and the first Sunday of the month at the later service (11:00 AM). Adult forum is held at 9:45 AM. Childcare available. Please check back for updates.