Please note that as we return to in-person worship our service time will remain at 11am (to start). Our in-person services will continue to be streamed on Facebook and Zoom, using the same links
Livestream Link: https://www.facebook.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/
Lesson: 1 Samuel 8:4-15, 19-22
Message: “Imagining for all generations”
This week we are having our Children and Youth Sunday. We continue on our second week of meeting in person. This means that we’ll be having a kind of “hybrid” service, as many children and youth are not vaccinated or fully vaccinated. Our Rock Band will be playing by video and some of our readings from children and youth are going to be via video as well. This Sunday, as last week, we’ll ask that people continue to mask and observe some social distancing. If you are a parent who is considering coming to worship and have questions or thoughts about what we can do to make our worship more friendly to children and families during this time, I would love to hear from you.
Our sermon moment this week will be a hybrid as well, and I’ll hope that children, youth, and adults will each get something out of this reflection. Our text this week is a story of Samuel, a judge and prophet in ancient Israel as they transitioned from a series of judges to a monarchy. The people ask Samuel to find a king so that they can be like the other nations. There’s a lack of imagination here! The people see only two options: either follow Samuel’s sons or establish a monarchy. Neither of these are really great choices. Samuel’s sons are corrupt judges and if they establish a monarchy they will do so simply because this is what all the other nations are doing. What would have happened if they had imagined together and discerned where God might have been leading them? How can we have imagination together for what comes next – for all of us – intergenerationally? We’ll explore that together on Sunday.
As we continue to progress with meeting in-person as well as continuing to stream online, we welcome your feedback. Most importantly we want to know how UPA can nurture your spirit during this time. You can reach out to myself or to Linda, our Worship Board chair with your comments.
Blessings and peace,
Prelude: “Ich halte treulich still I stay faithfully still” J. S. Bach
Meditation: “O Holy Dove” Bryan Leech
Postlude: “Komm, heliger Geist, Herre Gott Come, Holy Spirit, Dear God” Andreas Armsdorf
Solo: “I’m Gonna Sing” African Am. spiritual Suzanne Parker – soprano
A Message on Returning to Worship – From Our Moderator
We are excited to be moving to in-person services.
As vaccination levels go up and Covid-19 infections drop around the state and nation, guidance is changing quickly with respect to the rules for masking, social distancing and indoor capacity standards. Everyone is finding it somewhat difficult to keep up. OK, Tony Fauci isn’t, but the rest of us are. We recognize that there are a lot of anxieties around changes in covid-related safety procedures. We also recognize that we are going to restart services at a time when guidance changes are either actively changing or have recently changed.
So how will we address this? We will address it by starting back using a “risk lowering” approach in order to see how everyone feels. For the first few weeks of in-person services, we are going to ask that everyone wear a mask when entering the church and when inside the sanctuary. The pews have been marked to show social distancing recommendations, and we ask that you respect others and observe the markings unless all parties agree to sit together. We will also hold off on returning to coffee hour as well as singing hymns together inside. For now, we’ll close our services by processing outside and singing a hymn and a vocal benediction together.
Let’s try it this way first and see how it feels. We will talk about it as we go, and ask that people give feedback about what you feel comfortable about and what we might improve. The long-term outlook is that if trends continue as they are now, we will eventually return to life as we remember it, with church services that look like they used to. While we will not be able to meet everyone’s needs and comfort level at the same time, the UPA has always succeeded in the face of adversity and we will work to do so now as well.
We look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks, whether we see you in-person or online.
John Connor, Moderator
Live Stream Information
We are pleased that Jacob Viveiros is serving as our livestreaming guru as we move back into the sanctuary, taking the reins for the summer. Last week’s streaming went really well! Please extend a warm “thank you” to Jacob for serving in this capacity!
Streaming from the sanctuary will continue to be an unfolding process as we try to include remote participants as fully as possible and as we work with our soundsystem which was not designed for live streaming. Please bear with us as we navigate any glitches that arise.
We will continue streaming our worship on both Zoom and Facebook Live. For Zoom login information please contact Chris at email@example.com.
Zoom Link: UPA Sunday Morning Worship
Facebook Livestream Link: https://www.facebook.com/
Please share these links with your friends. Bear in mind that we cannot share the Zoom links publicly (to keep from being Zoom bombed), so please share it person to person rather than posting it on Facebook/Twitter, or other public social media. It’s fine to share the Facebook link broadly and publicly.
Last Call — Pics for Slideshow
We need your photos! We’ll be featuring a slideshow of artwork by and recent pictures of our young members this Sunday as part of Children/Youth Sunday.
Please share your art and photos by FRIDAY at noon. Please email photos to Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org