Please note that our worship time has changed to 11am
Lesson: Matthew 21:1-11
Message: Prayers of Petition
This week is Palm Sunday! It’s going to feel a little different this year. Palm Sunday is one of those dates on the church calendar when it feels like a crowd of people shouting really makes it feel real. So we’re encouraging you to find a leafy branch (maybe even a palm if you can find one) and get ready to shake it on Sunday morning. For our processional, take a picture of yourselves and your family shaking the palms and shouting out. This is a good time to get in some yelling if you need to let it out! For more instructions scroll down to the Sunday School in the next block on this email.
During our service we’ll focus on prayers of petition, concluding our Lenten study on prayer. This fits in well with Palm Sunday – the people were calling for Jesus, a humble prophet on a donkey, to be their ruler rather than the oppressive regime of the Roman occupiers. In our time, we might take up similar calls to be saved by God, we’ll explore what it means for us to ask these in prayer.
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And this week is Holy Week! We’ll have a special live streamed worship on Thursday at 8pm for Maundy Thursday. Typically these services are a little more intimate and we’ll replicate that as best we can on Zoom. This will be a great way for us to see each other during the service. It will simultaneously be live streamed via Facebook as well if you’re not able to make the Zoom call. We’ll focus on Communion, so I’d encourage you to bring some bread and juice or wine to the table for the feast that we’ll have together.
Finally, the Board of Finance is working on ways of giving electronically and will have something together soon. We’d also encourage you to give to UPA by check through the mail. While our building is mostly closed, we continue to receive mail and phone messages during this time.
Grace and peace to all of you,
Online Worship Tech Issues
While you should not need a Facebook login to see our livestream, some people have reported that if they didn’t have an account they were not able to see the service this past Sunday. Facebook is clearly having some issues keeping up with the demands of every congregation moving to worship online. Thanks for being patient during this time of sudden transition! Here are some tips if you’re having trouble:
First, try reducing the quality level in Facebook – On the video window highlight over the “resolution” along the bottom right corner of the video player to select a different bandwidth option. This may take a moment to update within your browser.
Next, you can also try using your phone instead. Some people have had more luck using the app than connecting on their computers.
If that doesn’t work, here are some other options:
1. Try a different internet browser (i.e. Chrome, Firefox, etc.) and also close unnecessary tabs on your browser.
2. Try updating your internet browser
3. Try restarting your computer
4. Try restarting your modem or router
5. Try updating your flash player
Let’s see if we can create a Palm Parade Virtually. Find a branch with leaves on it and take a photo of you and the Branch. Sent it to firstname.lastname@example.org
We will post them before and after worship. Let’s see how many pictures we can get.
Adults are welcome to join in.
Social Distancing Easter Egg Hunt
The UPA Board of Education invites our young (and young at heart) to join in our first Social Distancing Easter Egg Hunt!
All are invited to decorate their windows with drawings or pictures of Easter eggs the weekend of Easter. Get creative and use every color in the rainbow!
On Good Friday, via email, we’ll share a Google map with all the addresses of homes decked out in their Easter finest, so everyone can go “hunting” on their walks or drives the Saturday and Sunday of Easter weekend. (Note: The map will only note street and house numbers—no family names will be included.)
If you’d like to participate and decorate your windows, email your address to Beth Viveiros at email@example.com by Thursday, April 9 so we can add your home to the map.
And, if you’d like your egg art creations added to the art show in our weekly virtual service on Easter, please send a photo of your art to Becky Connor at becky.connor@