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Worship

Coming together for worship at United is like finding water in a dry and thirsty land. That’s why we do so, not only on Sunday mornings but midweek, too!

Like a stream in the desert, worship can refresh and renew us. Each week it offers us God’s new life and hope, for ourselves and for this world. At United, worship is the center of our life together, from which everything else flows: outreach, education, care, among others.

Whether on Sunday mornings, midweek, or other times, worship at United offers that new life in different ways. Sometimes – especially in the Sunday 8:30 AM service and the midweek contemplative services – worship is like the deep, still waters that God promises in the 23rd Psalm. In the later Sunday service, worship can be like a living stream, offering life in all kinds of ways. Similarly, like on Mardi Gras and Fiesta Sundays, worship is a river, full of life and surprises.

At United, we believe all of us – regardless of age – need the living waters of worship. That’s why children and younger youth join in the first part of the late service each Sunday and why Children’s Ministry always begins with prayer and song. It’s also why we offer a number of “intergenerational” services for all ages throughout the year.

We hope you’ll join us in worship at United. Together may we be renewed by the waters of life God offers us each week.

Worship in November
A Month of Holy Days

November begins with All Saints Day and ends with the First Sunday of Advent. In between we share our “Thanks-singing” service the Sunday before Thanksgiving. It’s a great month to invite friends to share in the joy, hope and beauty you’ve found with United. (8:30 Contemplative Communion; 10:00 Sanctuary Worship)

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Worship This Month

A Place (and a People) that "Writes the Vision" - Reformation Sunday

October 30

8:30am

(Outdoor Contemplative

Communion Service)

10:00am (Sanctuary)

The day’s text is from the Prophet Habakkuk, when things had completely fallen apart for the Israelites. God has summoned him to tell the people to “write the vision, make it plain.” A good text for Reformation Day 2022, when the pandemic, racial reckoning, and all the other issues of the past 3 years require us to see with new and open eyes. We’re also guided in worship with the Choir’s offering of Franz Schubert’s Mass in G.

 

From Fear to Courage - All Saints Sunday

November 6

8:30am

(Outdoor Contemplative

Communion Service)

10:00am (Sanctuary)

The Prophet Haggai isn’t quoted much in sermons, but for All Saints Sunday and two days before the midterm elections, the prophet’s charge to the political and religious leaders of his day to “take courage, my spirit abides among you” may be more needed than ever. (Haggai 1:15b to 2:9) So too is the witness of the besieged Job, who finds the courage to overcome his fear (and his “friends’” advice) by imaging God not as the great king or warrior, but as his advocate, the One he will behold not as a stranger but face to face, as a friend. (Job 19:23-27a) On All Saints Day, perhaps saints are people just as fearful as the rest of us, but who let God guide them from fear to courage. May their witness help us do the same. (Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, Nov. 6. Please set your clocks back Saturday evening.)

Created for Rejoicing

November 13

8:30am

(Outdoor Contemplative

Communion Service)

10:00am (Sanctuary)

For chapter after chapter in the book of Jeremiah, the prophet laments his people’s fate, both their disastrous defeat and exile as slaves of the Babylonians and also their failure to care for one another and follow in God’s ways that had led to such calamity. But in chapter 29, Jeremiah looks to the future and the restoration of Jerusalem. He promises that God will re-create them as a new community. “Jerusalem a rejoicing, and the people a joy.” What better description of God’s intention for all communities of faith. On this Stewardship Sunday, may we recommit as a church to being “a rejoicing and a joy” for our wider community of Santa Fe and the wider world.

Created for Rejoicing

November 20

8:30am

(Outdoor Contemplative

Communion Service)

10:00am (Sanctuary)

“May you be filled with spiritual wisdom and knowledge,” proclaimed the Apostle Paul in his Letter to the church in Colossae. “May you be strengthened with all power; may you have all endurance and patience.” Paul wrote those words from a prison cell, where just being filled with food for the day was cause for thanks. But he was equally thankful for the Colossae congregation and their faith and prayers that strengthened him. We have many things to be thankful for with the United Church. Perhaps the most important is our life together, the prayers we share, the songs we sing, the hope we know, and the One who is in the midst of it all.

Put on the Lord Jesus Christ - First Sunday of Advent (Wear Purple)

November 27

8:30am

(Outdoor Contemplative

Communion Service)

10:00am (Sanctuary)

Paul was again imprisoned when he wrote to the United Church of Rome, his last known le4er. From the darkness of a prison cell, he tells the Romans to “put on the armor of light.” In a -me when Caesar was God, Paul extoled his communities to “put on the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 13:11-14) In a word, live fully into the new life God offers no ma4er what is happening in the world. You don’t get much more radical than that. “Put on Christ,” Paul proclaims. Put on the One who didn’t keep distance but who was born into human life. Put on the One who fed the hungry, welcomed the outcast, saw God in creation, and who overcame shadow with light, fear with love, even death with life. A good message to begin Advent’s journey to the barn in Bethlehem.