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.
Strength Training for the Soul
“Increase the strength of my soul,” asks the Psalmist. Our culture pays a lot of attention to physical strength—cardio workouts, strength training, products like Peloton to get us physically moving. But how do we strengthen our souls? Join in worship as we explore that question this summer. We continue both the pre-recorded online worship and also the in-person outdoor services at least through Labor Day. Join in one—or both! And invite a friend!
Worship This Month
For Such a Time as This
What are we willing to risk for the sake of others? For the sake of the truth? Queen Esther faced those questions when her people, the Jews, faced annihilation at the hand of her husband the king. He had already banished his first wife for disobeying him. What would Esther do “in such a time as this?” What are we willing to do in our time, for the sake of the truth and the sake of others?
Not on Our Timeline
Whoever wrote the “Letter of James” had to be a patient person. He had no first-hand experience of Jesus or the Resurrection. He was writing to third generation Christians who had grown impatient when the Second Coming didn’t come. His job wasn’t simply to help them keep the faith, but to be faithful. Faithful to the call to love God and love neighbor (even the ones they didn’t like). Faithful to the church community (even when it didn’t meet their expectations or fill their wants). Faithful to Jesus’ ways of justice and compassion. No wonder “James” wrote about the farmer who waits for the early and late rain, steadfastly trusting in the God of earth and sky. May we have such patience and trust, too.