LESSON: Acts 2:39-46
MESSAGE: “What Comes First?”
This week kicks off our season of stewardship as we explore over the next four Sundays what we are able to accomplish through combining our resources in the church. Typically we think of stewardship being the thing that keeps the lights on in the church, pays staff salaries, and provides maintenance for the building, but it’s so much more that that. We’ll do our best to highlight all the work of the church during these four weeks. At UPA that means spiritual growth, and education, but it also means providing a space for community groups such as AA, materially supporting people in other places through our mission trips, and providing for communities around the world through the mission of our denominations. As I continue to be your interim pastor, I’ve often been surprised to hear about one more thing that UPA provides support for. I hope that you’ll also hear about something new and declare, “I didn’t know we did that!” This is truly a church that reaches out!
For this first week we’ll take a look at what stewardship provides for the inner community of UPA. Our passage from Acts focuses on how the early church supports each other from the very beginning. Jesus’ death and resurrection had only happened seven weeks earlier, and Jesus leaves the disciples with the Spirit and an understanding that they’re going to continue their work. We’ll look at the moment that the first people start showing up to be a part of the community. They must have done something right because what they invest in together ends up setting the basis for this faith that we are practicing nearly 2000 years later.
To close, I want to share how excited I am for our Pumpkin Festival right after worship. If you haven’t done so yet, please click on this link for the Facebook event (https://www.facebook.com/
Blessings and peace,
Prelude: “Courante in B-flat” Handel
Anthem: “Come Christians Join to Sing” Spanish hymn, arr. LeVines
Meditation: “Menuet in F” Carey
Postlude: “Fantasy in E” Handel
Students will be learning about bragging and “puffing yourself up” in the story of the Pharisee and the tax collector. Bible verse 18:9-14
High school youth
Will be joining Rachel as they discuss the Living the questions. “Creation stories”
Middle school youth
Will be talking about doing the right thing using “Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius” movie.
Youth Rock Band
Rehearsals are held each Sunday morning at 9 am. All ages are welcome to drop in or just come listen. If you are not a youth, but would like to help support the group, we could use some volunteers. Please let Pei know if you are interested.
Come see us play at our Pumpkin Festival on October 27th!!!!