No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here at University Congregational United Church of Christ. Young, old, sure of your path, or still searching --- we invite you to join us in imagining love and justice - as Jesus did - in acting to change the world.

We would love to welcome you at our in-person service each Sunday at 10 am. A digital service is also offered on line on Sunday evening at 5 pm. Our service is streamed on YouTube and Facebook. You will find the links just below this section on our home page. The weekly 5 pm service is  available on line after it is initially presented on Sundays..

We strive to walk in the path of Jesus, and to offer an authentic welcome to everyone who walks through our door or joins us online. If you are new to us, we would love to get to know you and answer your questions about our church, even if we cannot greet you in person. A member of our Welcome Committee, or a pastor, would be happy to correspond on email or talk with you on the phone. Click here to arrange for a meeting.

Our in-person worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour and fifteen minute.. During the 10 am service we also offer live-streaming to a nearby room that offers those with compromised immune systems to be more isolated. We also offer a separate space for children, with supervised play and crafts during the 10 am service. Sections of the 10 am service are programed into the 5 pm digital service, which is offered as a "vespers."

Children are an important part of our community, and are welcome for all or part or the service.

UCUCC Parking Map

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Parking can be a challenge in the University District! Persistence, patience and an early start are keys to success.

UW has free parking on Sundays. Enter the main campus gate at NE 45th and 17th Ave NE and turn left past the toll booth. It's about a three-block walk to the church. The UW Meany Garage at 15th Ave. NE and NE 41st St. is a five-block walk.

The church also owns three parking lots - Lot A is across the street from the church on 16th Ave. E. Lot B is beneath Sortun Court, just north of the church on the east side of 16th Ave. E. (It closes at 2 p.m.) Lot C (for those with difficulty walking, young children and visitors) is at the corner of 15th NE and NE 45th St., next to the church.

If you need to be assured of a close parking spot, you can call the church office before noon on Friday to reserve one: 206-524-2322.

From time time we host lunches for people who are interested in learning more about our church and/or possibly becoming a member.  We are also happy to meet with you over coffee or at the church to explore and explain a range of topics about our church, from history, to theology, to membership. Click here to arrange a meeting with a Welcome Committee Volunteer or pastor or to set up a meeting and/or to learn when the next Welcome Lunch is planned.

Thank you for your interest in our church community.

We are an inter-generational church and strive to be family-friendly, with an active ministry for children and youth. All ages are welcome in worship. We also offer nursery and child-care, Younger children begin the 10 am service with us and usually leave after about 15 minutes. Older children have the option of leaving for a special sermon time. Junior high and high school youth meet at 9 am and then often sit together in worship. Give us a call at 206-524-2322 for more specifics or email Margaret Swanson, our Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries..

Our programs for children and youth continue during this pandemic. Sign up at the bottom of the home page to receive our Children's Ministries and/or Youth Ministries newsletter.

Hearing Impaired: Our sanctuary has an induction loop system that uses the T-Coil mode of your hearing aids. You can get the necessary equipment just before entering the Sanctuary on the right or ask any usher.

Visually Impaired: We offer each Sunday's program in large print for easier readability.

Wheelchair Access: The front entry is wheelchair accessible as are the rest rooms. Please don't hesitate to ask for assistance.

A few weeks back, as the pastors were dividing up Holy Week responsibilities, I was assigned the Maundy Thursday “Prayer of the Day.” I have come a long way from my adolescent church experiences when I did not know the meanings of at least three of the words you’ve already read in this blog.

Liturgy: derived from the Greek for “work of the people,” it is a set structure of words and form for public worship.

Maundy: derived from the Latin “mandatum” and related to the English word “mandate. This refers to the commandment Jesus gave on the final night of his life, at the Last Supper. “A new commandment I give you, that you love one another as I have loved you.”

Prayer of the Day: OK, that’s more than one word, and I actually didn’t know what this was until a few day ago, when I realized my recording of the Prayer of the Day for the Maundy Thursday Liturgy was due and I had no idea what I was supposed to record.

I looked in all the places I knew to look to see if there was something in writing that would give me a clue, but I couldn’t find anything.

I finally had to ask my new colleague, Pastor Steve. He comes from a Lutheran background, so I figured he’d know. Also, he was the one who assigned it to me. So I figured he’d know.

“The Prayer of the Day?” he said. “It’s an ancient church practice that we are using in our Maundy Thursday service.”

“Oh, OK,”I said. “I’ll find it.”

Then I resumed my search for it. “If it’s an ancient church prayer, it should be easy to google,” I thought. So I typed “Maundy Thursday Prayer of the Day” in my search engine and waited for an ancient prayer to appear. I got all sorts of prayers and liturgies and Maundy Thursday service outlines. But I did not find anything that said, “Here is the ancient, traditional, beloved, said through the centuries Maundy Thursday Prayer of the Day.”

Sheepishly, I called my colleague back. “I’ve found a lot of Maundy Thursday prayers,” I said. “But I can’t figure out which one is the Prayer of the Day.”

I don’t know what he thought, but at least he was patient with me. “There is no specific ancient Maundy Thursday Prayer of the Day,” he said. “It is the practice of having a Prayer of the Day that is ancient. Not a specific prayer.” Then he directed me to the place where the 2021 Prayer of the Day for our 2021 Maundy Thursday liturgy was in the files of our Worship folder on line, and I found it. I recorded it. I uploaded it for the service.

Honestly, I have been a pastor for thirty years now, and sometimes I still feel like a beginner in how The Church has Done Things through the Centures. Well of course I am. So for all of you who wonder about stuff like liturgy and litany and lectionaries, you are not alone (and I hope I didn’t throw you with those last two words.)

Here we are in Holy Week, in the midst of the Great Triduum.

Triduum: from the Latin for three days, a period of three days of worship and prayer beginning on Maundy Thursday and culminating in Easter Sunday.

I have learned that Maundy Thursday services do not end with a benediction, because the worship begun on that night does not end until Easter Sunday. I have learned that a Tenebrae service concludes. in darkness.

Tenebrae: From the Latin for darkness, a worship service held during the three days preceding Easter.

I have learned, most of all, that the mystery of the meaning of this week, and especially of these three days in our Christian story is so profound that we have indeed developed centuries of tradition to try to hold it, and we still only touch the fringes.

And I have been reminded that I am a mystic.

Mystic: From the Greek for “hidden,” a mystic is one who seeks connection with an ultimately unknowable reality.

I believe the ultimate meaning of these holy days is unknowable, or at least can’t be summed up in words. It is simply to be experienced, embraced by, and open to something beyond me.

So in this holy week, I wish you a blessed Easter.

Easter: origin uncertain, related to the word East, or dawn. A Christian festival celebrating Resurrection.