Please note that our worship time has changed to 11am
Livestream Link: https://www.facebook.
Lesson: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-45
Message: “The Kingdom of God is like…”
This week, the lectionary brings us to Jesus’ preaching in the book of Matthew, with a collection of short parables about “the Kingdom of Heaven”. In some ways this is the crux of Jesus’ ministry. Jesus invites people to share in a community where God is present and abundant – the Good News. Rather than lay out rules and commandments for the type of society that God is calling them to, followers get several pictures of what this should look like. These images are flexible enough for followers to imagine and workout what this is going to look like in their own lives, places, communities, and times. It gives us the opportunity to explore these concepts for ourselves, looking to be inspired about what this community of God would like for us today.
Through these stories, Jesus encourages us to keep our eyes on the prize. To have a singular focus on something positive. It’s easy to focus on the negative right now. There’s a lot that has gone wrong and there’s a lot of injustice to stand against. It’s also easy to lose our focus. This week we’ll focus on the prize – the kinship and community that we are called to build together, the beauty of people who are made in God’s image, the Spirit of God that is moving in us. Perhaps that’s what we need most during this tumultuous time.
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: “Idyllic Pipes” Gay
Meditation: “Song of Remembrance” Marshall
Postlude: “Fantasy on Bach’s ‘Prelude in C’ ” LeVines
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