WORSHIP

Worship at Wash Park

~ Sunday Services are online until further notice. Visit our COVID-19 page for details. ~

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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Preview of Advent & this Sunday - This Sunday is the beginning of Advent, which often has an emphasis on waiting. Yet much of 2020 has felt like a long wait already.

In front of our church's new banner (!), Lee discusses a different focus for this year's Advent.

Preview of Advent & this Sunday

This Sunday is the beginning of Advent, which ofte…

Sunday Celebration, 11/22/20: "Answering the Call to Live Faithfully" - Video from our service on Sunday, November 22. Lee's message centers on living as faithfully as we can to the call of love and healing, even as we navigate a holiday season in which many of us are feeling a sense of loss.

Here is a link to the service order:
tinyurl.com/WPUCC11-22-20

Music info:
"All Good Gifts" (from Godspell; m: Stephen Schwartz): permission to stream obtained via Christian Copyright Solutions WorshipCast License #13004.
"Imago Dei" (Jill Kirsten Warner): permission to stream obtained from OneLicense with license A-718418.
"Living God, Touch Our Hearts": original song by Allyson Sawtell and Eric McEuen.
"Servant Song" (Richard Gillard): 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, 11/22/20: "Answering the Call to Live Faithfully"

Video from our service on Sunday, November 22. Lee…

Preview of Sunday 11/22 - Lee talks about going into an unusual holiday season, and the focus of Sunday's service: living faithfully, doing the justice we can, and letting hardships open our hearts further.

Preview of Sunday 11/22

Lee talks about going into an unusual holiday seas…

Sunday Celebration, 11/15/20: "Putting What We Have to Good Use" - Video from our service on Sunday, November 15. Jean Garrison, Stewardship Chair, says some words to wrap up our season of focus on stewardship. Lee's message centers on how we can use the gifts, talents, and resources we've been given to do what we can, where we can, for as long as we can.

Here is a link to the service order:
tinyurl.com/WPUCC11-15-20

Music info:
"What You Do With What You've Got" (Si Kahn): permission to stream obtained via Christian Copyright Solutions WorshipCast License #13004.
"Give What You Got" (John Mabry/Lawson Barnes): used by permission.
"Living God, Touch Our Hearts": original song by Allyson Sawtell and Eric McEuen.
"This Little Light of Mine": traditional; public domain.
"New Doxology": original song by Eric McEuen.
"Somebody Prayed For Me" (Dorothy Norwood/Alvin Darling): permission to stream obtained via Christian Copyright Solutions WorshipCast License #13004.
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Sunday Celebration, 11/15/20: "Putting What We Have to Good Use"

Video from our service on Sunday, November 15. Jea…

Sunday Celebration, 11/8/20 - Video from our service on Sunday, November 8. Diane Peterson leads a vigil-like portion of the service, incorporating readings and songs and stories. Melinda Campbell tells a personal story of a transformative time in her life. And we celebrate Communion, a ritual that binds us together as a community (even when physically distant).

Here is a link to the service order:
tinyurl.com/WPUCC11-8-20

Music info:
"I Can See Clearly Now" (Johnny Nash): permission to stream obtained via Christian Copyright Solutions WorshipCast License #13004.
"Come and Find the Quiet Center" (w: Shirley Erena Murray): permission to stream obtained from OneLicense with license A-718418.
"New Doxology": original song by Eric McEuen.
"Lean On Me" (Bill Withers): permission to stream obtained via Christian Copyright Solutions WorshipCast License #13004.
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Sunday Celebration, 11/8/20

Video from our service on Sunday, November 8. Dian…

Interfaith Service of Prayer and Healing - November 4, 2020 - Video from our post-election Service of Prayer and Healing on the night after Election Day.

With planners and participants from Temple Beth Shalom (Ocala, FL), 
First Congregational United Church of Christ (Ocala, FL), 
and Wash Park UCC (Denver, CO).

Interfaith Service of Prayer and Healing – November 4, 2020

Video from our post-election Service of Prayer and…

Sunday Celebration, 11/1/20 - "Pausing to Remember As We Look to the Future" - Video from our service on Sunday, November 1. We take time to remember those we love who have passed away in the last year, and all those lost to COVID-19. Shauntay Larson tells a story of a transformative time in her life. Lee's message speaks to what we can learn from both loved ones and our heroes/heroines of faith, especially in navigating difficult and uncertain times.

Here is a link to the service order:
tinyurl.com/WPUCC11-1-20

Music info:
"Shall We Gather at the River" (Robert Lowry): public domain.
"Give Thanks for Life" (w: Shirley Erena Murray): permission to stream obtained from OneLicense with license A-718418.
"Living God, Touch Our Hearts": original song by Allyson Sawtell and Eric McEuen.
"When the Saints Go Marching In": traditional; public domain.
"New Doxology": original song by Eric McEuen.
"Somebody Prayed For Me": permission to stream obtained via Christian Copyright Solutions WorshipCast License #13004.
#sermons

Sunday Celebration, 11/1/20 – "Pausing to Remember As We Look to the Future"

Video from our service on Sunday, November 1. We t…

Preview of Sunday's service: Pausing to Remember - Lee discusses Sunday's service: observing All Saints' Day in Wash Park UCC fashion. 

We will honor those who have died in the past year - among our own friends and families, and more widely. We will also speak of our own heroes and heroines of faith, and how they navigated difficult and uncertain times.

If you want a loved one's name to be spoken this Sunday, please email it to Lee: lee.berg@washparkucc.org

Preview of Sunday's service: Pausing to Remember

Lee discusses Sunday's service: observing All…

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