Holiday Services

Holy Week & Easter

Journey through this holy season with United Community Church! Our virtual worship log in information remains the same (Zoom and Facebook Live). Our worship experiences during Holy Week include:

Maundy (Holy) Thursday, 4/1, 6 p.m. – remember the Last Supper together as we share a simple meal over Zoom (bring whatever simple supper you are eating!). At 6:30 p.m. we will continue together on Zoom and go Live on Facebook with a virtual service of Tenebrae (recognizing the gathering darkness).

Good Friday, 4/2, all day – watch a pre-recorded Cantata on our Facebook page and be blessed by this gift of music and reflection.

Easter Sunday, 4/4, join us at 8 a.m. outside and in person (please wear masks and observe physical distance between households) in the cemetery behind the church. Then at 10 a.m., we’ll be on Zoom and Facebook Live with your favorite Easter hymns, celebrating that Jesus’ resurrection helps us dare to dance again!

Lent

This Lent (season leading up to Easter), our services focused on healing, and called to mind beach glass– something that is broken and undergoes turmoil, but emerges precious and beautiful.

Each week, we also heard from different guest preachers who are used this same series of texts and the metaphor of beach glass. Taking advantage of the virtual worship format, we were able to connect with other churches and other worship leaders, to be blessed by a richer diversity of voices and perspectives. Each piece is beautiful and needed!

Advent and Christmas

This year, the Advent and Christmas season certainly looked different, but the timeless message is the same: God loves us, and comes to be present with us. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, we proclaim our faith in hope, in love, in joy, and in peace, even and especially when these are hard to find.

Our worship services this Advent centered on the powerful song “I Believe, Even When…” by Mark A. Miller. The words are simple: I believe in the sun even when it’s not shining; I believe in love even when I don’t feel it; I believe in God even when God is silent. How are we holding on to our faith, especially in these challenging circumstances?

Christmas Eve and the First Sunday of Christmas, we remembered that God enters our lives where we need God most, and we are called to take action in service to others, as we are bearers of God’s love to others.