Please note that our worship time has changed to 11am
Livestream Link: https://www.facebook.
Lesson: Matthew 14:13-21
Message: “Apart and Together”
This week our text is the infamous passage that we often refer to as “the feeding of the five thousand” (and note, that they only counted the men, so women and children would have been in addition to that number). Typically when we read this text, we end up focusing on the miraculous nature of the meal that happened when so many gathered, but this week let’s focus on a repeated phrase that leads into the story. Jesus goes off by himself on a boat in order to take some time alone with God in a “deserted place”. Not long after, a crowd of people hear where he might be and gather in another deserted place by the shore as they wait for his boat to come back in. Throughout scripture, God is found in areas that are barren wilderness places. In this text, we see a crowd enter that space, and Jesus’ followers have to figure out how to accommodate everyone. Then it seems that perhaps God is the one who is doing the accommodating.
During this time, many of us have been in deserted spaces, being apart from one another for safety. Now, seeing that this isn’t as temporary as we hoped, we’re now trying to figure out how we accommodate one another. How do we welcome and accommodate our neighbors in need? How do we build community? How do we learn together and grow together? Perhaps God will both challenge us, and feed us as we move forward as a church body.
To go with the feeding of the five thousand+, we also have communion this week! Bring some bread and juice or wine as we celebrate communion 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: Tuolomne Wood
Meditation: Divine Presence Wyeth’s Repository of Sacred Music, 1813
Postlude: Union Seminary Friedell
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