Please note that our worship time has changed to 11am
Livestream Link: https://www.facebook.
Lesson: Isaiah 55:10-13
Message: “The journey back and the transformation ahead”
This Sunday we’ll be reading from the Prophet Isaiah as he shares a look forward to what it will be like for the People of Israel to return to their homeland after exile. It’s a vivid image that goes beyond the people to the nature around them, with mountains bursting out into songs and trees clapping their hands. It’s a joyful vision of the future, during a time of hardship. It’s easy to overlook in this text, but it’s also an image of the future that we need to grow into. Isaiah talks about planting seed and rain that will nourish them. It highlights some preparation that the People of Israel will need to do before they are able to march back home. We’ll look at how this might speak to us during our own difficult times. What are the preparations that we’ll need to make and the seeds that we’ll need to plant? How might we prepare ourselves to take in the rain and grow?
Speaking of nourishment, we’ll also join together for communion this week. Bring some bread and some wine or juice to celebrate in this meal together.
I’m also excited about our Antiracism study group, which begins tomorrow evening. I know that this will be full of difficult, but rich conversations. I have faith that it will also be a time of growth and stretching out. I hope that you’ll consider joining us. The sign up is just below.
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: “Prelude in G Minor” J. S. Bach
Meditation: “Fughetta in E-flat” Kolb
Postlude: “Creation” Haydn
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