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Reflections on Friendship

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.” Henri Nouwen, Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life

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A History of Union Church

Let us be as open vessels that God’s spirit may enter.
The Community Gathers: Experience God’s presence in the assembly. Please greet one another with joy and welcome new friends into our community of love.
You are welcome here…come and worship!

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Earth Day 2024

“Earth rejoices in our words, breathing and peaceful steps. Let every breath, every word and every step make the mother earth proud of us.”― Amit Ray

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“Thomas’ Trial”

“Finding your way in life is not so much about choosing a direction. It’s about uncovering the voice of the soul, the call that is already imprinted inside you, and then finding the courage to face down your fears and let your true voice be heard.” Rabbi Naomi

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Holy Humor Sunday

“Laughter is carbonated holiness.” – Anne Lamott
“It is cheerful to God when you rejoice or laugh from the bottom of your heart.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
“Life is worth living as long as there’s a laugh in it.”
– L.M. Montgomery

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Easter Service

Link to Sermon Order of Worship Let us be as open vessels that God’s spirit may enter. The Community Gathers:  Experience God’s presence in the

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Extravagant Love

“May the blessing of light be on you – light without and light within. May the blessed sunlight shine on you like a great peat fire, so that stranger and friend may come and warm himself at it. And may light shine out of the two eyes of you,
like a candle set in the window of a house, bidding the wanderer come in out of the storm. And may the blessing of the rain be on you, may it beat upon your Spirit and wash it fair and clean,
and leave there a shining pool where the blue of Heaven shines,
and sometimes a star.” Scottish Blessing

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again & again, we are called to listen

Sometimes in the stillness of the quiet, if we listen, / We can hear the whisper in the heart / Giving strength to weakness, courage to fear, hope to despair. —Howard Thurman, Meditations of the Heart

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God Meets Us

Let us be as open vessels that God’s spirit may enter.
The Community Gathers: Experience God’s presence in the assembly. Please greet one another with joy and welcome new friends into our community of love.
You are welcome here…come and worship!

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We believe in the power of Love

“In the flush of love’s light / we dare be brave / and suddenly we see / that love costs all we are / and will ever be. / Yet it is only love which sets us free.
Dr. Maya Angelou in her poem “Touched by an Angel.”

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Women of the Dream

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
– Harriet Tubman

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Comfort and Joy

“Today the Magi gaze in deep wonder at what they see: heaven on earth, earth in heaven, humanity in God, God in humanity, one whom the whole universe cannot contain now enclosed in a tiny body.” — Peter Chrysologus

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Leaving Bethlehem

The overwhelming message of the Christmas story is the assurance that we, too, are children of the Holy One. In this, our very presence is a gift if we will only allow the Spirit to move in and through us. Every day of our ordinary lives, we can show up — be present — and proclaim the assurance of hope, peace, joy, and love to those who need it most. Rev. Shirley Bowen

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Reflections on Christmas

Link to Sermon Order of Worship Let us be as open vessels that God’s spirit may enter.The Community Gathers:  Experience God’s presence in the assembly.

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Reflections on Joy

Let us be as open vessels that God’s spirit may enter.
The Community Gathers: Experience God’s presence in the assembly. Please greet one another with joy and welcome new friends into our community of love.
You are welcome here…come and worship!

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Reflections on Peace

Link to Sermon Order of Worship Let us be as open vessels that God’s spirit may enter. The Community Gathers:  Experience God’s presence in the

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Reflections on Hope

“The Lord is coming, always coming. When you have ears to hear and eyes to see, you will recognize him at any moment of your life. Life is Advent; life is recognizing the coming of the Lord.” – Henri Nouwen

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Christ the King

“The kingdom, Jesus taught, is right here–present yet hidden, immanent yet transcendent. It is at hand–among us and beyond us, now and not-yet. The kingdom of heaven, he said, belongs to the poor, the meek, the peacemakers, the merciful, and those who hunger and thirst for God. It advances not through power and might, but through missions of mercy, kindness, and humility. In this kingdom, many who are last will be first and many who are first will be last.” Rachel Held Evans
Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again

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Thanksgiving Sun

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”                     —Thornton Wilder

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We Are Tired of War!

“To replace the old paradigm of war with a new paradigm of waging peace, we must be pioneers who can push the boundaries of human understanding. We must be doctors who can cure the virus of violence. We must be soldiers of peace who can do more than preach to the choir. And we must be artists who will make the world our masterpiece.”                                                            ~Paul Chappell

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