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Archives: September 2019

Sep 26, 2019 - Amy Norton

Dear United Parish Family, 

Three weeks ago, we welcomed back our beloved Minister of Music, Susan DeSelms, from her sabbatical. This Sunday, we will get to hear from Susan as she reflects on her sabbatical experience, and the purpose (and importance) of sabbath. Susan writes:

As most of you know, from May 1 through September 1, I took a Sabbatical with the generous support of the United Parish community and our volunteer and professional musicians. Without hesitation, and with...

Sep 19, 2019 - Kent French

Jesus spent a lot of his ministry teaching in parables (the Prodigal Son, the Good Samaritan, the Sheep and the Goats), which sounds all ho-hum and "of course" until you realize that parables are anything but clear. They are head-scratchers, puzzling little fables, metaphorical examples.

Parables are the Christian version of Zen koans, those paradoxical riddles or sayings meant to defy logic and provoke enlightenment (for example, What is the sound of one hand clapping?).

One...

Sep 12, 2019 - Amy Norton

Dear United Parish Family,

This week's Scripture reading comes from Paul's letter to Timothy:

I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service, even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a man of violence. But I received mercy because I...

Sep 05, 2019 - Kent French

REMEMBER: This Sunday, September 8, we resume 11am worship, in the Sanctuary (see full schedule below)

In the 14th chapter of the Gospel of Luke, Jesus serves up some unsparing instructions about what it means to follow him. Essentially, he says you cannot be his disciple if you are not willing to: ...