This Sunday, September 18th

INVITATION TO FREEDOM                                       

For Freedom Christ Has Set Us Free!  (Galatians 5:2)

Join us this Sunday for a time of worship with communion  as we give thanks for the gift of freedom and spend time asking what it means to participate in setting other free. 

We are privileged to have Jocelyn White as our preacher on Sunday.  She serves as a Director of Church Mobilization for International Justice Mission. Jocelyn and her husband co-founded Slavery No More, a non-profit organization working with law enforcement and the public to fight both domestic and international human trafficking. Jocelyn is also an active member of the Los Angeles Metro Task Force on Human Trafficking Outreach Committee and has worked with Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) survivors now living in an aftercare home in Southern California.

If you missed Brian Cress' sermon, Justice for Life, on August 7, we invite you to listen here by clicking audio above.

This Sunday, September 11th

INVITATION TO FREEDOM

Shared Faith; Shared Freedom

Whether  it is strapped by debt, boxed in by stereotypes or the slavery of human trafficking  our spirit cries out for freedom. What hope is there for freedom and what does it mean to live into that freedom for ourselves and others?  

Join us this Sunday for a time of worship with discussion in groups as we spend time learning from two men in the 1st century who were divided by economics, class and position. And, one man who could not stay silent and had to speak up on behalf of another and against injustice.  

How does Jesus change how we see one another? Where are we being invited to speak up on another's behalf?  

If you missed Brian Cress' sermon, Justice for Life, on August 7, we invite you to listen here by clicking audio above.  He speaks of the work of hope International Justice Mission is providing to free those who are entrapped in modern day slavery.  And, he encourages us to pray about how we can be people who pursue justice for life. 

 

This Sunday, August 28

We are taking our worship in action out of the building.There will be no gathering this week at 415 Westlake. Instead, we invite you to spend the morning/day in your neighborhood.

Looking for ideas?

  • Invite neighbors over for a barbecue
  • Take on a work project in a your local neighborhood
  • Visit a local coffee shop
  • Prayerfully walk/bike your neighborhood and make note of what you notice.
  • Take a rest in the true sense of Sabbath and cease from your everyday work to pause in a restorative way (use your creativity to decide how). 

If you would like to plan an event/activity in your neighborhood, let us know so we can post here. Email your plans to lorettap@upc.org

Also, we would love to hear from you after our August Worship in Action Sunday and learn from your experience. We worship our God, who is dynamic and present and invites us to engage in our world as people of hope and grace.

“We are an odd people who specialize in cold water and shared bread, in welcome speech, hospitality, sharing, giving, compassion, caring, in small ways, setting the world fresh.” – Walter Brueggeman

 

 

The Lowell Work Project: Sunday, August 21st

Join the effort to transform a space for kids at a school that has the city’s highest homeless population and the highest number of medically fragile students. Union is partnering with two other churches to lend a hand to our local elementary school, Lowell Elementary (1058 E Mercer St). 

We will gather for worship at 10 a.m. for Worship  as usual and head over to Lowell (near St.Mark’s on Capitol Hill) at 11 a.m. If you would like to be a part of an Advance Team there are two opportunities: 1) the taping team (most likely Thursday, the 18th, around 3:00pm—contact jamesbn@upc.org) and 2) a prep team we will commission at 10:30am on Sunday to set out tarps, paints and equipment (contact Bcress@ijm.org).We also will have a team that stays at 415 to put together Welcome Back to School bags.   Lunch will be provided at Lowell. 

Summer Sermon Series: What Are We Doing Here?

The church is God’s positive agent of transformation, but so often people view the church as negative, limited and judgmental; defined by what we are against.  

Walter Brueggeman writes this about followers of Jesus: “We are an odd people who specialize in cold water and shared bread, in welcome speech, hospitality, sharing, giving, compassion, caring, in small ways, setting the world fresh.”

Jesus invites us to ask, what is the church for?  After all, Jesus came for the world God so loved.   During the remainder of the summer we will explore stories from the lives of people who lived in the days of the early church and asked the same questions we have explored this summer:

What are we doing here?  What does the Spirit invite us to be for so that all people might experience a more expansive life?