Please note that our worship time has changed to 11am
Livestream Link: https://www.facebook.
Lesson: Matthew 15:10-20
Message: “Rooted in the Heart”
This week we continue through the Gospel of Matthew into a fascinating text where Jesus and the Pharisees trade understandings of what “defiles” someone. There are several interesting word studies inherent in this passage because a concept like what it means to “defile” is really culturally loaded. Certainly now, Jesus’ statement on handwashing takes on new meaning!
We’ll take a look at the heart of the matter, which is the opposite of what “defiles” us. What keeps us set apart to be connected with or rooted in God? How do we fill ourselves so that our actions and lives move in a way that gets at the justice, peace, love, and grace that God calls us to? How do we choose who and what to follow? Particularly as we move toward the election in November, we’re going to have to remind ourselves who we are and where we are rooted. There’s a lot here, but I trust that we’ll get to the heart of it together.
Join us for our worship on our Facebook Live page (https://www.facebook.com/
Please share posts and worship links with each other and with your friends. And make sure that your notifications are turned on for the UPA Facebook page, which will help you get connected when we go live.
Blessings and peace to you,
Prelude: Kahm-sah” Yoon
Meditation: God’s Eye is on the Sparrow” Gabriel
Postlude: “Alta trinitas beata” 14th c. Italian melody
Online Worship Tech Issues
We will start our live streams about 10 minutes prior to the worship start time. During this moment you will hear silence, but see rotating pictures of art that our children and youth have made to share with us. 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