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Archives: May 2017

May 25, 2017 - Kent French

This Sunday we are pleased to welcome the 60-voice youth choir from our Minister of Music Susan’s home church, the 200-year-old Church Street United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. These young people will bring us the music of Aaron Copland, Stephen Paulus and others, with anthems both invigorating and contemplative.

We are continually blessed with Susan’s musical leadership here at United Parish,...

May 18, 2017 - Kent French

It’s one of those beautiful words that we seldom use and may have forgotten. My guess is that it is not in your active vocabulary. Honestly, it hasn’t been in mine, until a new member of our Stewardship and Budget Ministry Team suggested that we have a Consecration Sunday.

Consecrate basically means “to make sacred.” When we pray over the bread and juice at communion, we are consecrating them, asking God to make them holy, spiritual food for us. We do the same over our offering when...

May 11, 2017 - Kent French

There is a great story about 12-year-old Jesus wandering off from his parents amid the hubbub of Jerusalem at Passover. It takes them three days to find him. You can imagine how scared and angry Mary and Joseph must have been. When they find tween Jesus, he is sitting among the learned rabbis, seemingly holding court, calmly and animatedly discussing ancient texts and age-old questions of faith. (Luke 2:41-52)

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May 04, 2017 - Kent French

There are many good things happening at United Parish in Brookline the next few Sundays.

This Sunday, May 7:

  • United Parish is participating in the Project Bread Walk for Hunger, gatheirng at 8:30am in our parking lot. 
  • After worship, Thinking Forward Session in the Sanctuary. Come learn about all that our ministry teams are dreaming about for our future.
  • Our 2017 Stewardship packets will also be ready for...