Baptism of Gerardo Colon, Jr. b. April 16, 2018
Confirmation of Morgan, Aidan, Brennan, MJ, Tyler
Senior Reflections by Natascha S. and Nicholas H.
Last Sunday we celebrated the confirmation of Griffin, Cassie, Talie, and Evan. Welcome, new UPA members!
Sunday, May 12th, confirmation students shared verses, important to them, which they had memorized. Those texts are printed below. Join us this Sunday to hear verses chosen by the remaining five confirmands!
Isaiah 40:29-31 (Evan H.)
God gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young adults stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
Romans 12:9-13 (Talie M.)
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
Proverbs 18:24 (Griffin W.)
One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
John 15:12-13 (Cassie C.)
12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
Natasha Sharma and Evan Hoch
Introduction from Pastor Doug
We celebrated Nicholas (second from left) and Natasha (right) “coming of age” in 2014, but given the speed at which these youngsters shushed past me at Gunstock Ski Resort and climbed far above and beyond me on autumn hikes in New Hampshire, I wondered if they had come of age far sooner. Even in their youth, they both demonstrated the tremendous strength of will and resolve that have come into full bloom as they prepare for graduation. Both have had to overcome unique set-backs along the way, challenges which have prepared them for vicissitudes to come in adulthood. Author David Brooks describes these “valleys” and “first mountains” in his new book “The Second Mountain.” Listen to an interview here: https://wamu.org/story/19/05/13/david-brooks-on-climbing-toward-faith/
I have watched both Natasha and Nicholas emerge from Junior High individualism in surprising, wonderful ways. Each month we publish a stock image of UPA folks serving the homeless and hungry at Bristol Lodge, and there is Natasha! She wraps Christmas gifts to raise money and awareness for refugees. Natasha applies her considerable baking skill (see “ToastyTash” on Facebook) offering fantastic creations for the people she loves, which has included her UPA family on several occasions. For his part, Nicholas moved me to tears recently when he was at UPA for a church event but learned that a motorist was having car trouble and dropped everything to help them outside. This was reported back to me by another teenager. When I found Nicholas and thanked him for that act of kindness, he responded with a warm humility that left me speechless–and tearfully glad for all of the ways I have witnessed Nicholas serving at UPA. I suppose it was natural for both Natasha and Evan to appear in the musical “Table for Five-Thousand” as we reflected on Jesus’ miraculous feeding of the multitudes. These two will certainly set the table of mercy for thousands!
Natasha and Evan, it has been a pleasure accompanying you on this journey. Go with courage and joy to make the world better and brighter!
Prelude: “Voluntary in E-flat” Handel
Anthem: “I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me” African-Am. spiritual
Meditation: “Voluntary in C” Stanley
Postlude: “Trio en Chaconne Raison
Religious Education This Week
From the Desk of Sheryl:
Sheryl is out of town to celebrate her son Tyler’s graduation. We are pleased to have Stephanie and Jeff McNeil as well as Emily Jeep Klingaman present to assist this Sunday.
Sunday School Lesson:
Our Sunday School students will have a wonderful opportunity to make a special craft. If possible, please have your student present for this activity.
Our youth will remain in worship. We have confirmations and senior sermons to enjoy.
9 o’Clock Choir
Next Choral Rehearsal
Sunday mornings from 9:00am to 9:45am. Child care is 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