The UPA seeks to be an inclusive community, therefore we offer gluten-free bread to all communion participants. Your friends on the Board of Worship know most people prefer breads more commonly served in a majority of homes, however we do not wish to marginalize those in our community who are gluten intolerant or sensitive. When we create “regular” and “gluten-free” stations, those who require gluten free bread sometimes feel singled out since so few participants choose that path with them. So we have agreed to offer one bread for our one body. Would you like to learn how Deacon Samantha Cowan bakes the gluten free bread we sample on Sunday? Maybe you can supply this bread for our table in the months ahead! Please see Rev. Cowan after Sunday service.
LESSON: John 5
In Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate in the north city wall is a pool with the Aramaic name Bethsaida. It had five covered porches, 3 and a crowd of people who were sick, blind, lame, and paralyzed sat there. 5 A certain man was there who had been sick for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, knowing that he had already been there a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
7 The sick man answered him, “Sir, I don’t have anyone who can put me in the water when it is stirred up. When I’m trying to get to it, someone else has gotten in ahead of me.”
8 Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9 Immediately the man was well, and he picked up his mat and walked.
MESSAGE: “Being (the) Well.”
For $3.8 million one can purchase a home on Prouts Neck, Maine, next door to the cottage where artist Winslow Homer paced his expansive deck waiting for the perfect moment to capture sunset near Scarborough, Maine. It is hard to believe the man who lived so close to such beauty, painting with such skill, was nevertheless filled with resentment. His paintings were only selling for $400 ($10,000 in today’s dollars). Homer was so frustrated in Prouts Neck that he refused to paint anything for two years. We can lament the reality that someone will likely buy the home on Prout’s Neck, visiting it only in the summer time, frustrated by our own inability to have such proximity to holy waters. But the text from the Gospel of John suggests the same God who only occasionally stirred-up the healing pool of Bethsaida may give each of us proximity to much more accessible healing waters. We can remain bitter about missed-fortune, or we can pick up our 38-year-old mats and become well (please excuse the pun).
Prelude: “Fugue IV:4 in E Minor” Pachelbel
Anthem: “i thank You God” cummings-Pfautsch
Meditation: “Pentatonic Canticle” LeVines
Postlude: “Choral Prelude on ‘Old Hundredth’ ” Pachelbel
Religious Education This Week
From the Desk of Sheryl:
Attention all participants of our Golden Shovel Gala. DID YOU TAKE SOME PICTURES LAST SUNDAY? Any pictures from either the scavenger hunt or the Parish hall are needed . Please send your best 3-5 pictures of the event. We would like to create a slide show of the pictures. Please send them to Sheryl at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday School: 10:15am – 11:15am
Children’s Sunday School will have a music lesson with Pei.
YOUTH will have a lesson about the role pastors in churches (Titus 1:5-9) and will be invited to offer suggestions for members of the Pastor Search Committee.
April 5th NOTE CHANGE of TIME–Earlier! 6:00 to 7:30pm
WITH MENTORS and/or families First Meeting Rabbi Allison Berry from 6:00pm to 6:30pm and then experiencing Friday Night Shabbat at Temple Shalom, NEWTON 175 Temple St, West Newton, MA, followed by Oneg (similar to fellowship hour at UPA).
ALSO NOTE–Intergenerational Pot-Luck at UPA has been cancelled that night.
April 7th 8:30-9:30 (What does it mean to be a member of UPA?)
Students will review UPA By-Laws and hear about the mission and ministry of the United Parish of Auburndale. Each student will be asked whether or not they intend to be confirmed on either May 12th or May 19th. In March confirmation class chose “Climate Change” and “Hunger” as the two areas they believed they could impact. Ideas for service projects around these needs will be addressed on April 7th and then group member swill attend Parish Council seeking help from UPA leadership.
April 10th 7:30pm to 9:00pm Attending Parish Council
April 18th Holy Thursday Service 7:00pm
Although this is school vacation week, students are asked to attend this service OR A HOLY WEEK SERVICE wherever each one might be vacationing. This may include Palm Sunday, a Thursday service, or a Good Friday service.
May 12th or May 19th Confirmation 10:00am
Participants of the class are celebrated for their commitment and each is given a moment to share the Bible verse which was important to them Those who feel ready to commit to membership in the United Methodist or United Church of Christ and thus also feel ready to be confirmed will have the opportunity to share that decision and receive a special blessing/recognition.
The Living the Questions class will do a repeat of Session 17, Incarnation: Divinely Human this Sunday at 11:30 in the Centenary room. Listen to biblical scholars give their interpretation of incarnation in Jesus and in the rest of us…
All are welcome.