Changes in worship preparation
As the Emergence Team, Leadership Team and Council chart our path to returning for sanctuary worship watch parties and then worshipping in the church and online in September we are also making shifts in how digital worship is curated. Most worship pieces are submitted the Wednesday before, but we often have late additions. We will now be compiling files and building the worship services on Thursday. This means photos for passing the peace and prayers of the people will be done in the first half of the week. Questions? Reach out to Pastor Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An update on the Interim Music Director position
When the Worship and Music Committee created the interim music director position one year ago, in the midst of Covid-19, they were anticipating a 12-18 month transition in that role to support the specific needs of our choir and music program during the pandemic. The W&M committee is excited to confirm that our current director Benjamin Rogers will be remaining in his position this fall as we emerge from the pandemic, as well as supporting us through Advent and Christmas. The W&M committee will not begin looking at this position until 2022, at which point they’ll be considering the next steps for our church and our vital ministry of music.
Online Discussion – Podcast Listening Group
Christianity Today has released a new podcast, The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill. The topic of a Seattle-based megachurch, their destructive theology, and how former Mars Hill members move forward is worth exploring. We know that CT isn’t exactly the progressive theology we promote at UCUCC, so, join Rev. Elizabeth Rawlings, queer pastor and co-founder of the Disrupt Worship project for an online community that listens to the episodes and responds with comments and chats. UCUCC also has a subscription to the magazine—copies are available in the Library. Look for more details in the weekly email.
Christian Formation Adult Education Summit
August 15, 1:00 pm
There are lots of opportunities for adults to participate in Christian Formation at UCUCC. From book clubs, forums, The Lecture Series, to regular Bible studies and small groups there’s lots happening! Pastor Steve will be hosting an Adult Education “Summit” to map out opportunities for the program year. This gathering will be onsite in the Turner Lounge.
Iona Pilgrimage Planning
August 22, 1:00 pm
Two years ago a group from UCUCC was planning to visit the Iona Abbey in Scotland as a spiritual pilgrimage. Iona is the resting place of St. Columba, one of the writers and protectors of the Book of Kells. While the pandemic has postponed this trip, we are resuming our preparation for our pilgrimage. We invite the whole congregation to pray for our journey. The group will be a hybrid gathering on Zoom and in the Turner Lounge.
Spiritual Practice: Proverbs
Write a proverb for yourself that reflects wisdom you have gained in the last year and a half. A proverb is defined as “a short, pithy saying stating a general truth or a piece of advice.” Proverbs as an expression of collective wisdom are found throughout the Bible, and most notably collected in the Book of Proverbs. Some are quite short, such as Proverbs 27:17: “Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens the wits of another.” Other proverbs are longer reflections on a specific topic, such as the reflections on Wisdom found in Proverbs 8. So we invite you as you reflect on your experiences through this pandemic time to bring forth the wisdom you have gained, in the form of a proverb.