WORSHIP

Worship at Wash Park

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At Wash Park UCC our worship celebration is informal yet appreciative of the power of ritual.  We explore an all-encompassing spirituality through a progressive Christian lens.  We are known and valued as a congregation that is comfortable handling difficult faith questions and one that offers parishioners the freedom to question.  Our worship reflects that.

We are sustained by worship services that continue to address the pain of our world and our commitment to do the counter-cultural work of facing the hard stuff, helping the community work through grief, fear and anger, envisioning a new world and working towards that, challenging unjust and environmentally devastating systems, and embodying hope and joy.

It is common for people of all ages to have a role in the service.  We value the wisdom of each generation.  Staff and congregation members work to ensure joyful worship music from both contemporary and traditional sources; purposefully including elements of other spiritual traditions; using language, ritual and music to speak to the interconnectedness of all living things.

Created by potrace 1.10, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2011

Some tips for your first visit…

Time / Parking / Accessibility?
We gather at 10:00am for worship with coffee, treats and conversation afterwards in our Gathering Space.  There’s parking lot to the north and handicap entrance in the alley.  Our space is A2A certified as accessible to all.
 
What should I wear?
We are a pretty casual group. Wear what makes you comfortable. After all, members of our congregation come from all walks of life and you can see it in the way we dress.
 
 
Will I have to introduce myself?
You can expect a warm greeting from members of the congregation, but don’t worry! You won’t be asked to stand up and introduce yourself.  We hope you feel comfortable to stick around for some conversation and snacks after worship and you can introduce yourself to whomever you’d like at that time.
 
Do I have to put anything in the offering plate?
You don’t have to give anything.  Our offering is a chance to give from your abundance and acknowledge the many gifts that you have received.  If you do share a gift, you can be sure it will be used for the spirit’s work.
 
How about kids?

We love children at Wash Park, so by all means, bring them along!  Children begin church in the Sanctuary with their parents.   Toddlers through 6th grade will go to their own program after Children’s Time, about 10:15 a.m.

Our Progressive Christian Coordinator, Shauntay, says, “First Sundays will be Youth Sundays – where if possible, please bring your youth to join us in Sunday school!  It’ll be fun and engaging for all ages, pre-K through high school.”

 Additionally, Intergenerational Sunday/ Communion Sunday is the second Sunday of the month.  You’ll find activities for youth in the “nest,” and you’ll find the youth collecting a “noisy offering” to raise scholarship money to support them going to La Foret Retreats, Summer Camp and National Youth Event. 

What about that Second Sunday?

On the second Sunday of the month, all but the youngest stay in the sanctuary.  The children park themselves on pillows and often share a story with the adults!

For communion, all are welcome at God’s table.  Gluten-free bread and grape juice is shared person-to-person.  You don’t have to be a member of Wash Park UCC or any church to participate in this ritual of remembrance and community.  

This is a time to connect with the spirit.

Created by potrace 1.10, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2011

Sermons

Get a sense of the messages shared each worship service. 
Sacred texts from a variety of sources set the tone for this part of our gathering. 

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Sunday Celebration, 1/17/21: "Answering the Call" - Video from our service on Sunday, January 17. This service includes honoring the social-justice example of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., especially his use of the Biblical call to love even people we may not like. We also consider some words from another civil-rights activist and public theologian, Ruby Sales, about what kind of theology is needed to speak to this moment.

Here is a link to the service order:
tinyurl.com/WPUCC1-17-21

Music info:
"Standing in the Need of Prayer" (African-American spiritual): traditional; public domain.
"Child of God" (African-American spiritual): traditional; public domain.
"Living God, Touch Our Hearts": original song by Allyson Sawtell and Eric McEuen.
"Precious Lord, Take My Hand" (Thomas Dorsey): permission to stream obtained from OneLicense with license A-718418.
"We Are Building Up a New World" (w: Dr. Vincent Harding; m: traditional): used by permission.
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Sunday Celebration, 1/17/21: "Answering the Call"

Video from our service on Sunday, January 17. This…

Mid-week message 1/20/21 - Lee talks about watching today's inauguration, and about the focus of Sunday's service: preparing for our congregational meeting (right after the service) by celebrating the Wash Park tradition of showing up for each other, and our community, without needing to believe exactly the same things.

Mid-week message 1/20/21

Lee talks about watching today's inauguration…

Mid-week message - Lee speaks about sources of strength we can draw on in difficult times, and the focus of Sunday's service: honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; answering the call of Jesus; loving even our enemies (as both of them taught and modeled).

Mid-week message

Lee speaks about sources of strength we can draw o…

Sunday Celebration, 1/10/21: "Good News Doesn't Mean It's Gonna Be Easy" - Video from our service on Sunday, January 10. This service includes the ritual of Communion, a meditation on the Holy Family fleeing from danger, and a remembrance of baptism - with a reflection on the kind of life we are called into by baptism. The common thread is "Good news doesn't mean it's going to be easy."

Here is a link to the service order:
tinyurl.com/WPUCC1-10-21

Music info:
"I Choose Love" (w: Lindy Thompson; m: Mark Miller): permission to stream obtained from OneLicense with license A-718418.
"World Peace Prayer" (Refrain: Upanishads, Satish Kumar; verses & music: Marty Haugen): permission to stream obtained from OneLicense with license A-718418.
"There Is a Balm in Gilead" (African-American spiritual): traditional; public domain.
"Wade in the Water" (African-American spiritual): traditional; public domain.
"We Are Building Up a New World" (w: Dr. Vincent Harding; m: traditional): used by permission.
#sermons

Sunday Celebration, 1/10/21: "Good News Doesn't Mean It's Gonna Be Easy"

Video from our service on Sunday, January 10. This…

Sunday Celebration, 1/3/21: "Out with the Old - Perhaps Not So Fast" - Video from our service on Sunday, January 3. Amid our season of celebrating new light, we celebrate the arrival of 2021, with fresh hope and possibilities. Lee's message centers on lessons we might learn from 2020, to guide us as we go forward.

Here is a link to the service order:
tinyurl.com/WPUCC1-3-21

Here is a link to see the video of "Auld Lang Syne" mentioned in this service:
https://youtu.be/dCFdKpKLGxs

Music info:
"Morning Has Broken" (w: Eleanor Farjeon; m: trad.): permission to stream obtained from OneLicense with license A-718418.
"Gather Us In" (Marty Haugen): permission to stream obtained from OneLicense with license A-718418.
"Living God, Touch Our Hearts": original song by Allyson Sawtell and Eric McEuen.
"Dream God's Dream" (Bryan Sirchio): permission to stream obtained from OneLicense with license A-718418.
"Light of the World" (Kelly Crawford):  permission to stream obtained via Christian Copyright Solutions WorshipCast License #13004.
#sermons

Sunday Celebration, 1/3/21: "Out with the Old – Perhaps Not So Fast"

Video from our service on Sunday, January 3. Amid …

Lee speaks from the heart about today's events and our response - including tonight's Zoom gathering for prayer (6:30pm MT) and Sunday's service.

If you need the link for tonight's Zoom gathering, please email a request to lee.berg@washparkucc.org.

Lee speaks from the heart about today's event…

12/24/20 Christmas Eve Service - The Christmas Eve service is a beautiful liturgy of readings, carols and 
candles. Through the service, members of the choir gift us with music 
assembled as video offerings. The evening's music and message encourage 
us to celebrate light overcoming the darkness of our world in life as we 
know it this year!

Here is a link to the service order:
tinyurl.com/WPUCC-XmasEve-2020

12/24/20 Christmas Eve Service

The Christmas Eve service is a beautiful liturgy o…

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