Thank You for Your Pledge to United Parish of Auburndale!
Each Sunday, as we celebrate our offering gifts, we are reminded that this act represents a token of our stewardship responsibilities. We have promised our prayers, our presence, our gifts, and our service as part of our faith commitment. No matter where we find ourselves on our faith journey, we should remember that we are able to shine a light where there is darkness, hope where there is despair, and love where it may not be present.
The Stewardship Committee and Parish Council are developing the budget for 2019, and this year is a challenging one. As you may know, the Suzuki School is leaving in February, and while we have been blessed with their presence and their musical offerings (most recently their accompaniment of the Schubert Mass in G offering of our choir), we also greatly benefited from the financial support they provided.
We are in the final stages of our stewardship campaign, and your help is needed. If you have not communicated your pledge, now is the time to do so. As of this writing, we have received approximately $251,000 in pledge commitments for 2019. Last year’s total pledge commitment was $264,000.
We want to continue to provide the wonderful programs and ministries for which we have become known. Please contact Janet Conway or David Stuart as soon as possible if you have not yet sent in your pledge.
With sincere gratitude,
Bob Dutton, Chair, UPA Board of Stewardship
Luke 3:15-22 AND Luke 6:20-26
“Keepers of the Flame: LUKE”
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was recently asked about his “moonshot” dream. If he had unlimited cash for any project, where would he invest? You can hear his answer this Sunday in worship (or get a hint from this January 2018 Boston Globe article if you cannot attend Sunday).
The four biographers of Jesus, the Gospel writers known as Matthew, Luke, John and Mark, each have different answers to the moonshot question, based on different constituencies. Last week we considered Matthew’s combined Gentile and Jewish constituency, arguing conservative versus progressive ideals. Matthew suggested a return to the Law, a deeper more devoted sense of the law of Moses. Luke’s moonshot dream includes care for the hungry and poor. Will Luke’s message to citizens of Antioch, the third largest city in the Roman Empire, inspire justice for the marginalized?
As we consider fascinating possibilities for service trips this summer to the Mexican border, to the poorest county in New England, and out into the central Massachusetts farm fields with migrant workers, perhaps the Gospel of Luke, more than Matthew, John, or Mark, will keep the path bright in the midst of frightening injustice.
Prelude: “Song 67” Gibbons
Anthem: “In Thee is Gladness” Gastoldi
Meditation: “Song 1” Gibbons
Postlude: “Westminster Abbey” Purcell
Religious Education This Week
From the Desk of Sheryl Ellis:
We are in need of Volunteers for Sunday Lesson. Please review your schedule and sign up for a Sunday or two to help with our classes sign up HERE!! You chose the DAY, GRADE that works BEST for you.
This weeks Sunday School Lessons:
Sunday School: Jesus is Baptized.
Reading from the Gospel of Luke 3: 15-17 & 21-22
Youth Lesson: Forgiveness using a movie clip from The Interpreter.
Reading from Jeremiah 31:34
Upcoming Sunday School Lessons:
January 20th 10:15am Lessons for the week:
Sunday School: Martin Luther King lesson.
Youth Lesson: Welcome to join Pei for Rock Band or remain in worship.
January 27th 8:30-9:30am
Confirmation meeting with MENTORS
Our confirmands and their mentors are welcome to come join us for a breakfast and discussion on different types of Christian faith.
Mark your Calendars:
February 8th at 5:30pm.
Youth, parents and mentors are welcome to come and play some games. It is potluck, so bring your favorite dish, wear red for valentine’s day, and come prepared to laugh as we play some games.
All youth 6th grade and older are welcome with parents.
9 o’clock Choir
Rehearsal are offered on Sunday mornings from 9:00am to 9:45am. Child care will be provided from 8:45am through the end of worship service. It will be a “drop-in” choir; anyone is welcome to join us on any Sunday. Please join us! – Allen LeVines, Director of Music
Next Choral Preview night will be Thursday, January 31st. Please join us or drop in any Sunday.