LESSON: Genesis 39:1-6
MESSAGE: “Blessing the Community”
This week we’re looking at a part of the story of Joseph from the book of Genesis. Joseph is an interesting character because in so many ways he is tremendously blessed and in other ways his story is tragic. For most of his life Joseph is either enslaved or in prison, and yet scripture says that he is blessed by God, and he uses this blessing to benefit all those around him no matter what circumstances he finds himself in. It’s a good lesson for the church, which exists to be the Body of Christ in the world. So, as we continue with our season of stewardship, we’ll look at the ways that we are faithful with the blessings that we have in the community around us. Thankfully, there are lots of ways that we serve and bless the community. We both go out into the community to serve through the Boston Gleaners or Bristol Lodge, and we have other community groups who gather here. As I mentioned before, I keep learning of community groups that are using our building as a place to meet – I just learned about a new one this morning! I hope that when you hear about some of these connections on Sunday that you’ll be surprised too.
I also want to take a moment to highlight our Transition Team. They are hard at work putting together the beginning of the search process and writing the profile that we will use to advertise UPA to candidates. They have a great start, but they need some feedback from the rest of the congregation. We want to make sure that everyone’s voice is heard. So I’d encourage you to do two things. First, fill out the online survey that they’ve put together. It only takes a few minutes. Second, sign up to attend one of the house meetings in the coming week or so. You can click here for the RSVP. Whether you are new to UPA, have been here forever, or even haven’t been attending much, but are hopeful about the future, your voice is important.
May blessings and peace abound in your life this week,
Prelude: “Promenade” Gretchaninoff
Anthem: “Let Us Break Bread Together” African Am. spiritual, arr. Ryder
Meditation: “Bourée in E Minor” J. S. Bach
Postlude: “Ten Thousand Charms” LeVines
Students will be learning about how Jesus was friends to everyone including Zacchaeus. Bible verse Luke 19:1-10
Students will be discussing fear. Bible verse Isaiah 41:9-10
Students will again be “living the Questions” with Rachel.
9 o’Clock Choir
We will not be holding a preview for November
Rehearsal are offered on Sunday mornings from 9:00am to 9:45am. Child care will be provided from 8:45am through the end of worship service. It will be a “drop-in” choir; anyone is welcome to join us on any Sunday. Please join us! Drop in any Sunday.
Advent choral service
To prepare for the Advent choral service addtional rehearsals have been scheduled for December 5th and December 12th. We hope you can join us.
– Allen LeVines, Director of Music