Pastors' Blog

Archives: January 2020

Jan 15, 2020 - Amy Norton

Dear United Parish Family,

This Sunday, we have the joy of celebrating our confirmation class and the educational and spiritual journey they have taken.

Over the past church 'semester,' our confirmation class has been diving into some pretty big questions: 

What is faith?

Who is God?

Who is Jesus?

What is the Holy Spirit?

What does it mean to be a Christian in the world?

What does it mean to be a Christian at United Parish?


Jan 09, 2020 - Jasmine Buchanan

This Sunday, we will remember Matthew’s account of Jesus’s baptism (Matthew 3:13-17), together. If you have ever asked yourself, why did Jesus need to be baptized when he is the son of God? You are not alone! I ask myself that, too.

I do not have the answer, but as I prepare a message for all of us to engage with and think about, I think Jesus’s baptism boils down to humility. Perhaps, even more importantly, his...

Jan 02, 2020 - Kent French

It is likely that you do not have the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6) written, typed in or pre-printed in your calendar. No worries. We've been celebrating it regularly here at United Parish, like a lot of other churches, on the Sunday closest to the date. It hasn't quite caught on in the rest of our culture.

It marks the end of the 12 days of Christmas and commemorates the familiar story of the Magi, or wise ones, following a bright star, meeting the baby Jesus and his parents and...