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.

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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, 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&…

Sunday Celebration, 10/3/21: "Living With Adversity" - Video from our service on Sunday, October 3. Lee's message seeks to de-mythologize the story of Job and his family's losses, teasing out what we can learn about living with adversity in 2021.

Here is a link to the service order:
tinyurl.com/WPUCC10-3-21

Music info:
"Lift Every Voice and Sing" (J.W. Johnson/J.R. Johnson): public domain.
"Living God, Touch Our Hearts": original song by Allyson Sawtell and Eric McEuen.
"God of Grace and God of Glory" (w: Harry Emerson Fosdick, alt.): permission to stream obtained from OneLicense with license A-718418.
"How Can I Keep From Singing?" (anon/Robert Lowry): traditional; public domain.
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Sunday Celebration, 10/3/21: "Living With Adversity"

Video from our service on Sunday, October 3. Lee&#…

Sunday Celebration, 9/19/21: "Is Love a Five Letter Word?" - Video from our service on Sunday, September 19. Our own Rev. Bob West preaches on agape, the Greek word for the type of love that is understood to be most like the love of the Divine.

Here is a link to the service order:
tinyurl.com/WPUCC9-19-21

Music info:
"They'll Know We Are Christians By Our Love" (Peter Scholtes): permission to stream obtained from OneLicense with license A-718418.
"Living God, Touch Our Hearts": original song by Allyson Sawtell and Eric McEuen.
"Love Divine, All Loves Excelling" (C. Wesley/J. Zundel): public domain.
"Counting Chickens" (offertory music): original composition by Eric McEuen.
"We Shall Overcome": public domain.
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Sunday Celebration, 9/19/21: "Is Love a Five Letter Word?"

Video from our service on Sunday, September 19. Ou…

Sunday Celebration, 9/12/21: "Listening as Healing" - Video from our service on Sunday, September 12. Rev. Amy Petré Hill, founder of Mental Health & Inclusion Ministries, speaks about the healing power of simply listening - and the opportunity churches like WPUCC have to be such places of healing. This service also includes Communion and a water ritual.

Here is a link to the service order:
tinyurl.com/WPUCC9-12-21

Music info:
"Prayer of St. Francis" (Sebastian Temple): permission to stream obtained from OneLicense with license A-718418.
"All Are Welcome" (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.
"All My Favorite People" (Linford Detweiler): permission to stream obtained via Christian Copyright Solutions WorshipCast License #13004.
"Draw the Circle Wide" (w: Gordon Light; m: Mark Miller): permission to stream obtained from OneLicense with license A-718418.
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Sunday Celebration, 9/12/21: "Listening as Healing"

Video from our service on Sunday, September 12. Re…

Sunday Celebration, 9/5/21: "Expanding Our Reach" - Video from our service on Sunday, September 5. This service focuses on ways we can widen our circle of concern, even to people against whom we have grievances, without harming ourselves (or our own hearts) in the process.

Here is a link to the service order:
tinyurl.com/WPUCC9-5-21

Music info:
"All Are Welcome" (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.
"Just As I Am" (Charlotte Elliott, alt.): public domain.
"The Mercy of the Fallen" (Dar Williams): permission to stream obtained via Christian Copyright Solutions WorshipCast License #13004.
"Draw the Circle Wide" (w: Gordon Light; m: Mark Miller): permission to stream obtained from OneLicense with license A-718418.
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Sunday Celebration, 9/5/21: "Expanding Our Reach"

Video from our service on Sunday, September 5. Thi…

Sunday Celebration, 8/22/21: "Transforming with Revolutionary Love" - Video from our service on Sunday, August 22. This is a special service led by three of our congregants - Diane Peterson, Scott Munstock, and Jean Garrison - focusing on how Valarie Kaur's Revolutionary Love series has affected them.

Here is a link to the service order:
tinyurl.com/WPUCC8-22-21

Music info:
"Room at the Table" (Carrie Newcomer): permission to stream obtained via Christian Copyright Solutions WorshipCast License #13004.
"Ship's Gonna Sail" (Phillips/Kamm; additional verses Sawtell/McEuen): used by permission.
"Beauty in View": original song by Eric McEuen.
"If Not Now" (Carrie Newcomer): permission to stream obtained via Christian Copyright Solutions WorshipCast License #13004.
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Sunday Celebration, 8/22/21: "Transforming with Revolutionary Love"

Video from our service on Sunday, August 22. This …

Preview of Sunday's Revolutionary Love service - From a back pew in our sanctuary, Lee speaks about Sunday's service - led by three of our congregants reflecting on Valarie Kaur's "Revolutionary Love" series - and also a timely word about the beginning of the school year.

Preview of Sunday's Revolutionary Love service

From a back pew in our sanctuary, Lee speaks about…

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