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Worship At United

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 July
Living into Love and Glory

The words Chris an and God, along with the name of Jesus, are being bandied about a good deal these days, as much as in a poli cal context as a religious one. But what do those two words and that name mean?  It’s temp ng to let others define “Chris an” or “God” or “Jesus” for us and for the culture. Many are certainly willing to do so. But le ng the loudest voices get the last word on the Chris an faith can have some unfortunate consequences—not just for the church, but for our na on. Take me this summer to engage these words – God, Jesus, Chris an. We’ll need to know their meaning in the me ahead.  

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Worship This Month

Ponder God's "Hesed" - Steadfast Love

July 7

8:30am Outdoor Contemplative Communion

10:00am (Sanctuary)

Steadfast love. Faithful love. Love that is loyal, compassionate, kind. The Hebrew word hesed incorporates all that and more as it echoes throughout the Bible to describe God’s fundamental nature and intention. “Steadfast love and faithfulness will kiss,” proclaims Psalm 85. “We ponder your steadfast love in the temple,” says Psalm 46. Before worship, take time to ponder God’s hesed in your life. 

Upcoming Worship

No Swords, No Spears, Just Plows, Fig Trees, and God's True Story

July 14

8:30am Outdoor Contemplative Communion

10:00am (Sanctuary)

This Sunday of the International Folk Art Festival, the Prophet Micah offers his understanding of God’s intention for the world, when God will call all the nations to the holy mountain, to give them new vision: “They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” What will it take for God’s vision to be our vision?  

God's "Hesed" Made Flesh

July 21

8:30am Outdoor Contemplative Communion

10:00am (Sanctuary)

For Christians, the embodiment of God’s steadfast love and glory was and is Jesus the Christ. In Mark, the earliest of the Biblical Gospels,  Jesus shows that love and glory when he looks with hesed (compassion) upon a crowd of hungry people and feeds them. Moreover, he does so not once, but twice. (Mark 6:30-56) If someone asks you how you can possibly be a Christian, share this story with them. 

God's "Hesed" Made Abundant

July 28

8:30am Outdoor Contemplative Communion

10:00am (Sanctuary)

Feeding, healing, calming the storm, calming the fear. In the Gospel of John, Jesus embodies God’s hesed in all those ways. And he does so with abundance. He feeds 5,000 people with 2 fish and 5 loaves, and has 12 baskets of food leftover. He comes to the disciples in a raging storm, silencing the waves and wind and dispelling their terror. (John 6:1-21) Abundant power. Abundant love. And to top it off, he refuses to be made king (John 6:15). An interesting character, this Jesus. 

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