Festive Easter Worship
Apr
21
10:30 AM10:30

Festive Easter Worship

Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her. ~John 20:18

Image: Crown and Lilies, Stained Glass Window from 1907 (present day) Union Presbyterian Church, Endicott, NY. P. Raube.

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Holy/ Maundy Thursday
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Holy/ Maundy Thursday

“Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” ~John 13:33-35

Image: “The Lord’s Supper” by Samuel Anselmet, used courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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Palm Sunday
Apr
14
10:30 AM10:30

Palm Sunday

Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!” ~Luke 19:35-38

Image: Stained Glass from the Gothic Cathedral of Strasbourg, depicting Jesus’ Entry into Jerusalem. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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Wednesday Lenten Gathering
Apr
10
5:30 PM17:30

Wednesday Lenten Gathering

After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up, left everything, and followed him. Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house; and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others sitting at the table with them. The Pharisees and their scribes were complaining to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” ~Luke 5:27-30

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Lent 5: The Costly and the Poor
Apr
7
10:30 PM22:30

Lent 5: The Costly and the Poor

Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” ~John 12:3-5

Image: “Maria Magdalena” by Jan van Scorel (1495-1562). Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Please note: There is no evidence Mary Magdalene anointed Jesus, but she is commonly depicted in art as having done so.

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Wednesday Lenten Gathering
Apr
3
5:30 PM17:30

Wednesday Lenten Gathering

But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate. ~Luke 15:22-24

Image: The Return of the Prodigal Son, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum. Used Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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Lent 4: A Prodigal Father
Mar
31
10:30 AM10:30

Lent 4: A Prodigal Father

Then Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.’ So he divided his property between them. A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and traveled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living. When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. ~Luke 15:11-16

Image: James TIssot, The Return of the Prodigal Son, Brooklyn Museum, used Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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Wednesday Lenten Gathering
Mar
27
5:30 PM17:30

Wednesday Lenten Gathering

The day was drawing to a close, and the twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away, so that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside, to lodge and get provisions; for we are here in a deserted place.” But he said to them, “You give them something to eat.” They said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish—unless we are to go and buy food for all these people.” ~ Luke 9:12-13

Image: Christ Feeding the Multitudes, Coptic Icon. Used by permission of Wikimedia Commons.

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Lent 3: The Fig Tree
Mar
24
10:30 AM10:30

Lent 3: The Fig Tree

… Jesus told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none…” ~Luke 13:6

Image: “Sacred Fig Tree on a Foggy Morning in Coimbature Tamil Nadu,” used courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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Wednesday Lenten Gathering
Mar
20
5:30 PM17:30

Wednesday Lenten Gathering

When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat. This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Gather as much of it as each of you needs, an omer to a person according to the number of persons, all providing for those in their own tents.’ ~ Exodus 16:14-16

Image: The Augsburg Book of Miracles, ca. 1662. Used courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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Lent 2: Keeping Covenant
Mar
17
10:30 AM10:30

Lent 2: Keeping Covenant

Abram brought God all these (sacrifices) and cut them in two, laying each half over against the other; but he did not cut the birds in two. And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away. As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram, and a deep and terrifying darkness descended upon him.  ~Genesis 15:10-12

Image: “Abram Guarding His Sacrifice” by James Tissot (ca. 1896-1902), Brooklyn Museum. Used courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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Wednesday Lenten Gathering
Mar
13
5:30 PM17:30

Wednesday Lenten Gathering

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” ~ John 2:1-3

Image: Wedding at Cana, Musee du Louvre, used with permission of Wikimedia Commons

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Lent 1: A Land of Milk and Honey: A UPC Bicentennial Celebration
Mar
10
10:30 AM10:30

Lent 1: A Land of Milk and Honey: A UPC Bicentennial Celebration

… God brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. So now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground that you, O Lord, have given me. ~ Deuteronomy 26:9-10

Image: Land Flowing With Milk and Honey, from Northrup’s Treasures of the Bible. Used by permission of Wikimedia Commons.

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Ash Wednesday
Mar
6
6:15 PM18:15

Ash Wednesday

For God says,
“At an acceptable time I have listened to you,
and on a day of salvation I have helped you.”
See, now is the acceptable time;
see, now is the day of salvation! ~ 2 Corinthians 6:2

Image: Copyright P. Raube, all rights reserved.

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Look! Listen!
Mar
3
10:30 AM10:30

Look! Listen!

… Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared in glory… ~Luke 9:28b-31a

Image: Transfiguration of Christ by Carl Heinrich Bloch (1834-1890), used by permission of Wikimedia Commons.

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Everyone's Favorite Bible Verse
Feb
24
10:30 AM10:30

Everyone's Favorite Bible Verse

But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. ~Luke 6:27-28

Image: Pierre-Nicolas Brisset (1810-1890), “Sainte Madeleine écoutant le sermon du Christ,” Church of Saint-Roch, Paris. Public Domain. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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On the Other Hand
Feb
17
10:30 AM10:30

On the Other Hand

Then he looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. ~Luke 6:20

Image: “Sermon of the Beatitudes” by James TIssot (1836-1902), Brooklyn Museum. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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Deep Water
Feb
10
10:30 AM10:30

Deep Water

He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” ~ Luke 5:3-4

Image copyright Union Presbyterian Church, January 2019, all rights reserved.

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Over a Cliff
Feb
3
10:30 AM10:30

Over a Cliff

All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” He said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’ And you will say, ‘Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.’” And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown…” ~Luke 4:22-24

Image: View From Mt. Arbel, Photograph by Jesse Davis of Kingston, Canada. Used by permission of Wikimedia Commons.

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The Year of the Lord's Favor
Jan
27
10:30 AM10:30

The Year of the Lord's Favor

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”  ~Luke 4:18-19

Image: The Torah, Jewish Holy Book, used with permission of Wikimedia Commons.

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Love Poured Out: An At-Home Worship Service
Jan
20
10:30 AM10:30

Love Poured Out: An At-Home Worship Service

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” ~ John 2:1-3

Image: The Wedding Feast at Cana, Musee du Louvre, Paris. Used with permission of Wikimedia Commons.

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Celebration of the Epiphany
Jan
6
10:30 AM10:30

Celebration of the Epiphany

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, "Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage."  ~ Matthew 2:1-2

Image: The Adoration of the Magi by Edward Burne-Jones, Tapestry (1904), Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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First Sunday of the Christmas Season
Dec
30
10:30 AM10:30

First Sunday of the Christmas Season

As God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. ~ Colossians 3:12-17

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A Candlelit Christmas Eve
Dec
24
to Dec 25

A Candlelit Christmas Eve

Joseph went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. ~ Luke 2:5-7

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A Festive Candlelit Christmas Eve
Dec
24
7:00 PM19:00

A Festive Candlelit Christmas Eve

Joseph went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. ~ Luke 2:5-7

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Advent 3: Joy
Dec
16
10:30 AM10:30

Advent 3: Joy

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.  Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:4-7

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Advent 2: Peace
Dec
9
10:30 AM10:30

Advent 2: Peace

And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,

for you will go before the Lord to prepare the way,

to give God’s people knowledge of salvation

by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God

the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,

and to guide our feet into the way of peace.”             ~Luke 1:76-79

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Advent 1: Hope
Dec
2
10:30 AM10:30

Advent 1: Hope

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: “The Lord is our righteousness.” ~Jeremiah 33:14-16

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A King's Last Words
Nov
25
10:30 AM10:30

A King's Last Words

Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. ~Revelation 1:4b-6

Image: Jesus of the People copyright 1999 Janet McKenzie www.janetmckenzie.com 

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Stones and Labor
Nov
18
10:30 AM10:30

Stones and Labor

As he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!” Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.” ~Mark 13:1-2

Image: The Destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem (1637), Nicolas Poussin, Museum of Art History in Vienna, Austria, Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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