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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 March
Worship in Lent:
The Word Became Flesh

“In the beginning was the Word,” begins the Gospel of John, “and the Word was God.” “The Word,” continued John, “became flesh and dwelt among us”—which means the Word of God was also human, dwelling in human flesh, feeling human emotions, living a human life and yes, dying a human death. Jesus’ human journey guides us through this Lent, and so does his life, the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us. Sometimes the journey is hard, but it can lead to new life. Join in—and invite a friend.

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Worship This Month

3rd Lent- Take Up Your Cross and Follow

March 3

8:30am Contemplative Communion

10:00am (Sanctuary)

Jesus waited for eight chapters to tell his followers the cost of discipleship, namely that it would cost them their lives. (Mark 8:31-38) “Take up your cross,” he said, and “follow me.” If he’d told them sooner, they might have jumped ship and run for their lives. Then he continued, “Whoever would save their life will lose it.” Yet they continued to try to follow. Why?

Upcoming Worship

Joyous Sunday of Lent-So Loved

March 10

8:30am Contemplative Communion

10:00am (Sanctuary)

“God so loved the world,” Jesus told Nicodemus the Pharisee who was trying to figure him out. (John 3:16). It’s probably the most quoted line of Christian scripture. Jesus said a lot of other things, too, about believing in him, not being condemned, etc. But why don’t we focus first on what it means to “so love the world”—just like God does. Daylight Saving Time begins. Please remember to set your clock forward one hour Saturday, March 9.

4th Lent- Dying to Live

March 17

8:30am Contemplative Communion

10:00am (Sanctuary)

“Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies,” Jesus told his disciples, “it remains just a single grain.” “But if it dies, it bears much fruit.” (John 12:20-33) Dead in the dirt. For Jesus that was the path to new life, aka resurrection. Perhaps that’s what the Psalmist who wrote “Salvation is created, in the midst of the earth,” meant. (Psalm 74) Not high in the heavens, not in the midst of cosmic glory, but down in the dirt. That’s where God does the work of new life.

Palm Sunday - Emptied

March 24

12:00pm and 7:00pm

Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem begins the morning, filled with light and shouts of “Hosanna.” The story ends four nights later when Jesus is in alone in the garden. His three closest disciples are fast asleep, another is on the way to sell him out to the authorities. No ebullient crowd shouting “hosanna,” just a desperately lonely man praying, “Remove this cup, O Lord.” An ancient Christian hymn describes Jesus as the one who “emptied himself.” No scene illustrates that more than his last night, alone in Gethsemane’s garden.

Maundy Thursday

March 28

8:30am Contemplative Communion

10:00am (Sanctuary)

We share Communion, followed by the story of Jesus’ Passion that leads us into night’s deepest shadows.

Good Friday

March 29

8:30am Contemplative Communion

10:00am (Sanctuary)

We gather at the foot of the cross to hear the full story once again,

through Gospel and music

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