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, 11/28/21: "Ready or Not, Here Comes Advent!" - Video from our service on Sunday, November 28. This is the first Sunday of Advent, which may feel surprising - or unexpected - or too soon. We have some fun with these feelings, as well as speaking to our longing for the arrival of a better world. This service makes use of a new liturgy by our own Allyson Sawtell, "Advent for a New Creation."

Music info:
"Come, Thou Unexpected Jesus" (w: Allyson Sawtell; m: C.F. Witt): lyrics used by permission.
"All Things Bright and Beautiful" (C.F. Alexander, alt.): public domain.
"Living God, Touch Our Hearts": original song by Allyson Sawtell and Eric McEuen.
"O For a World" (w: M.T. Winter; m: Carl Gläser): lyrics used by permission.
"It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" (w: E.H. Sears, alt.; m: R.S. Willis): public domain.

Sunday Celebration, 11/28/21: "Ready or Not, Here Comes Advent!"

Video from our service on Sunday, November 28. Thi…

Sunday Celebration, 11/21/21: "Imagine – Living with Gratitude, Anyway" - Video from our service on Sunday, November 21. This is a service centered around finding gratitude, even in difficult or unsettling times. It is also Stewardship Sunday, so we wrap up this year's stewardship season with a special ritual on our theme, "Imagine."

Music info:
"If Your Only Prayer" (w: Meister Eckhart; m: Lawson Barnes): used by permission.
"Dream God's Dream" (Bryan Sirchio): permission to stream obtained from OneLicense with license A-718418.
"Living God, Touch Our Hearts": original song by Allyson Sawtell and Eric McEuen.
"Every Step of the Way" (Christopher Grundy): permission to stream obtained from OneLicense with license A-718418.
"All Good Gifts" (m: Stephen Schwartz; w: Matthias Claudius, alt.): permission to stream obtained via Christian Copyright Solutions WorshipCast License #13004.
"Go Make a Difference" (Steve Angrisano, Tom Tomaszek): permission to stream obtained from OneLicense with license A-718418.

Sunday Celebration, 11/21/21: "Imagine – Living with Gratitude, Anyway"

Video from our service on Sunday, November 21. Thi…

Sunday Celebration, 11/14/21: "A Service of Music and Hope" - Video from our service on Sunday, November 14. This is a special service, featuring music from several of our Wash Park musicians. Here, the music is the message! We also celebrate Communion in this service.

Music info:
"Tonal Nutrition": original piece by Zach West.
"Sing a New World Into Being" (words: Mary Louise Bringle; music: public domain): permission to stream obtained from OneLicense with license A-718418.
"Come As A Child" (Richard Avery, Donald Marsh): permission to stream obtained from OneLicense with license A-718418.
"A Small Star" (Joyce Johnson Rouse): permission to stream obtained via Christian Copyright Solutions WorshipCast License #13004.
"Come As A Child" (Richard Avery, Donald Marsh): permission to stream obtained from OneLicense with license A-718418.
"Here I Am, Lord" (Dan Schutte): permission to stream obtained from OneLicense with license A-718418.
"The River Is Here" (Andy Park): permission to stream obtained via Christian Copyright Solutions WorshipCast License #13004.
"For Everyone Born" (w: Shirley Erena Murray; m: Brian Mann): permission to stream obtained from OneLicense with license A-718418.
"A Plowshare Prayer" (Spencer LaJoye): used by permission.
"Go Make a Difference" (Steve Angrisano, Tom Tomaszek): permission to stream obtained from OneLicense with license A-718418.

Sunday Celebration, 11/14/21: "A Service of Music and Hope"

Video from our service on Sunday, November 14. Thi…

Sunday Celebration, 11/7/21: "Caring for Creation" - Video from our service on Sunday, November 7. We speak about care for the planet we live on, the Glasgow Climate Summit, and the power of even the smallest contribution to kin-dom care.

Music info:
"For the Beauty of the Earth": traditional; public domain.
"Living God, Touch Our Hearts": original song by Allyson Sawtell and Eric McEuen.
"We Cannot Own the Sunlit Sky" (w: Ruth Duck; m: trad.): permission to stream obtained from OneLicense with license A-718418.
"In Our Town" (Steve Fisher): used by permission.
"Go Make a Difference" (Steve Angrisano, Tom Tomaszek): permission to stream obtained from OneLicense with license A-718418.

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Sunday Celebration, 11/7/21: "Caring for Creation"

Video from our service on Sunday, November 7. We s…

Sunday Celebration, 10/31/21: "Remembering and Celebrating Those We've Lost" - Video from our service on Sunday, October 31. This is a special service, close to All Soul's Day, focused on honoring loved ones we've lost in the last year. We name them, honor their memories, and celebrate the love that makes them linger in our hearts.

Music info:
"For the Fruit of All Creation" (w: Fred Pratt Green; m: traditional): permission to stream obtained from OneLicense with license A-718418.
"Living God, Touch Our Hearts": original song by Allyson Sawtell and Eric McEuen.
"Since We Are Surrounded" (Tom Emanuel): used by permission.
"In Sorrow We Remember" (w: Amanda Udis-Kessler; m: traditional): used by permission.
"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, 10/31/21: "Remembering and Celebrating Those We've Lost"

Video from our service on Sunday, October 31. This…

Sunday Celebration, 10/24/21: "Curing That Which Blinds" - Video from our service on Sunday, October 24. We speak about how we (and others) can sometimes be "blinded" by our own perspectives and attitudes, and how we can get past this. We also begin our 2021 Stewardship season, with the theme "Imagine."

Note: we had technical issues at the beginning of the service, so we've removed portions that couldn't be heard.

Music info:
"The Summons" (Iona Community): permission to stream obtained from OneLicense with license A-718418.
"Living God, Touch Our Hearts": original song by Allyson Sawtell and Eric McEuen.
"Open The Eyes of My Heart" (Paul Baloche): permission to stream obtained via Christian Copyright Solutions WorshipCast License #13004.
"Blessings" (Laura Story): permission to stream obtained via Christian Copyright Solutions WorshipCast License #13004.
“Amazing Grace/My Chains Are Gone” (John Newton; refrain: C. Tomlin/L. Giglio; alt.): permission to stream obtained via Christian Copyright Solutions WorshipCast License #13004.

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Sunday Celebration, 10/24/21: "Curing That Which Blinds"

Video from our service on Sunday, October 24. We s…

Sunday Celebration, 10/10/21: "To Whom Much is Given, Much is Required" - Video from our service on Sunday, October 10. Lee's message addresses the stewardship of resources (personally and collectively), bringing a faith perspective to the way budgeting choices reflect our values.

Here is a link to the service order:
tinyurl.com/WPUCC10-10-21

Music info:
"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.
"Love Round": traditional; public domain.
"Blessing Wind" (Bill Miller, Peter Cummings): permission to stream obtained via Christian Copyright Solutions WorshipCast License #13004.
"How Can I Keep From Singing?" (anon/Robert Lowry): traditional; public domain.
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Sunday Celebration, 10/10/21: "To Whom Much is Given, Much is Required"

Video from our service on Sunday, October 10. Lee&…

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