Every Sunday at 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. we gather to explore what it means to live life with God at the centre. Through our music and singing, our speaking and sharing, our stories and listening, our prayers and offerings, our gifts and creativity, we are encouraged and challenged as we strive to love God and others.
At UCC, we hope to be a welcoming place. Wear what you’re comfortable in. There’s no need to dress up to come here, but if you do, that’s fine too! We spend the beginning portion of the morning singing songs together and listening to a message based on our current series. A few times a month we gather around round tables to share with one another. It’s a great way to explore the theme of the morning and meet some new people!
Life of the Beloved
For the month of January we will be exploring themes from Henri Nouwen’s book, Life of the Beloved. Henri says the world is filled with voices that whisper or declare that we are not good enough, not smart enough, and not successful enough. So one of our great temptations is what Henri calls “the trap of self-rejection.” His response is to reject those lies about ourselves and to hear the voice of God telling us over and over, “You are the Beloved.” Join us as we try to hear that voice, accept those words, and let the truth of that Belovedness become enfleshed in everything we think, say or do.
February Series – Necessary Other
Jesus says, ‘Anyone who welcomes you, welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward.’Who are the prophets in the world today? Is UCC a place that welcomes prophets? How can we nourish a prophetic imagination in our midst? During the month of February we will talk about poets, prophets, dreamers, and the ones who cause us to see the things we would rather avoid, to take a look at the necessary other.
“A prophet’s task is to reveal the fault lines hidden beneath-Kathleen Norris, The Cloister Walk
the comfortable surface of the worlds we invent for ourselves,
the national myths as well as the little lies and delusions of
control and security that get us through the day.”
Lent begins in the wilderness. The Spirit guides Jesus into the wilderness where he comes face to face with temptation and struggle. Yet, in his forty days of fasting, resisting, and wandering, Jesus is shaped and formed for ministry. Similarly, through the wilderness of Lent, we are invited to surrender to the wild leadings of the Spirit. We rarely enter the wilderness willingly, but hopefully through our wandering we remember who we are and whose we are. The wilderness can become sacred even if it remains dangerous. There is no wilderness space too harsh or threatening for God’s love. This Lent, we welcome you to the journey.
Also, we will also kick off our Lent series with a pancake lunch on Sunday, March 1st.
After an intentional season of tending to the parched areas of our lives, cultivating practices that enliven our faith, and letting go of those things which keep us out of sync with God’s movement, we experience a shifting into a season of wild, dramatic flourishing—a bursting forth with the fruits of God’s work in our lives. Death has been eradicated, the tomb is empty, and we are invited into the work of ushering in a new creation.