In each of our denominations, the Bible is a touchstone and foundation for how we understand God and the workings of God in our world. We are committed to becoming more intimately connected to the Good Book: understanding both the context in which it was written as well as its meaning for our lives and our journey today. As Pastor John Robinson declared upon leaving for the New World nearly 400 years ago, we understand that “there is yet more light and truth to break forth from God’s Word.” Each time we approach the text, we not only bring new understandings to what we encounter, but we leave with new eyes to see this world and our sisters and brothers. All of our Bible Studies welcome both veterans of biblical study and those cracking the binding for the first time.
Adult Drop-In Bible Study
During the School year, on Sunday mornings, in the Deepening Room from 10:00 - 10:45 am, join us as we gather to focus on the text that will be used in the worship service that day. No commitments, no contracts, no long term agreements, no switching fee, no hook-up fee. Drop-in whenever you want. Get a sneak peek on the scripture of the day and the sermon topic. It is free, fun and at your convenience. What can be better than this? Bibles provided. Learning optional. No charge for sharing or using what you do learn. All are welcome! The class is taking a break during the summer and will return Sunday, September 13, 2015.
Latest Bible Study News
On Sunday mornings join us in the Deepening Room from 10:00 - 10:45 am as we gather to focus on the text that will be used in the worship service that day. No commitments, no contracts, no long term agreements, no switching fee, no hook-up fee. Drop-in whenever you want. Get a sneak peek on the scripture of the day and the sermon topic. It is free, fun and at your convenience. What can be better than this? Bibles provided. Learning optional. No charge for sharing or using what you do learn. All are welcome! Read more about Bible Study at United Parish.
United Parish's Wired Word bible study was featured in a Boston Globe article on Easter Sunday, 2015. The Globe article looks at nontraditional ways churches are trying to build new communities.
“The Wired Word” was a weekly gathering where the 20-30 Vision group met to discuss Christianity in relationship to various current events.
We began Lent last week with an intimate and moving Ash Wednesday worship, remembering our mortality with the traditional ashes and recalling the words, "Create in me a clean heart, O God," and "O Jesus, I Have Promised to serve thee to the end," and praying, "Lord, I want to be a Christian." We're continuing to offer many ways for you to enjoy and observe Lent.
Thursday Lenten Worship
We will echo Ash Wednesday's worship on Thursday evenings throughout Lent, with prayer, song, scripture and communion in the Chapel. It began last night and continues through April 10, from 6:45-7:15. It's a good mid-week practice to revive your soul.
Having a Lenten Practice
I am encouraging ALL of us to take on some sort of Lenten practice. As I wrote in last week's letter it doesn't need to be burdensome, it doesn't need to concern food or diet. It can (and should) be anything that will help you draw closer to God and deeper in spirit during these 40 days. Smiling more. Complaining less. Expressing gratitude more often. Looking people in the eye more. There are all sorts of possibilities for Lenten practice.
If you mess up, it's OK. As I confessed to you in worship, I have already messed up my own pledge to be in prayer for 30 solid minutes every day. Seems like an easy task for a pastor, right? Think again. I am working on my spiritual life, too, and I welcome your prayers and encouragement, just as I am praying for and seeking to encourage you.
Lenten Small Group Study and Worship
And then there's our cool Lenten study on Discernment. Eighty-nine of us are participating in small groups. If you weren't able to participate, you can follow along with the participants' guide, Called to Life. If you need us to print one up for you, just let us know in the church office.
This week, our small groups are looking at the first session on "How God Calls" and the story of Elijah and the sound of sheer silence - I Kings 19:4-18. We will be unfolding this scripture on Sunday morning and imagining together about how God might be calling in our lives.
We laid the groundwork for this all-parish study in this past week's worship, with a group preach-in and an uncharacteristically lively first Sunday of Lent. We talked about Paul's beautiful description of the gifts of the Spirit in the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12) - and how those are made manifest in all of us. Those in worship gamely assessed their own spiritual gifts and shared them with one another. Thank you. Understanding our God-given gifts is a great first step to discerning how God might be nudging us, encouraging us in living our lives.
As you can see, there are many ways to dig into Lent. I heartily encourage you to try it. You never know: God might surprise you. You might even surprise yourself.
In faith and in gratitude,
Read Pastor Kent's 3/6 letter to the congregation >