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United Christian Parish (UCP) is located at 745 N Brush Street (at the intersection of 8th and Brush) in Lakeport, California near beautiful Clear Lake.

Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 am

Hymn Sing at 9:45 am
Worship Service at 10 am
with Kid's Choir after the Children's Moment

On the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month
UCP hosts Free Kitchen from 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Meals served from 4:00 to 5:00 pm

On the 2nd Sunday of the month
Following our worship service we will have an all church potluck from 11:20 am to Noon
All Committees (except Buildings and Grounds) meet from Noon to 1:00 pm
Parish Coordinating Council meets from 1:00 to 2:00 pm

Upcoming Worship Services

Nov. 30         1st Sunday of Advent     A Lament in Time of Waiting                  Isaiah 64:1-9

Rip the heavens apart! Come down, Lord;    make the mountains tremble. Vs 1 CEV

Who hasn’t wondered at one time or another, “Where is God?” The time of waiting through pain or crisis can seem unbearable and we long for God to come down and fix it all! Join us this Sunday as the Youth Group leads the lament that leads to HOPE! 

From the serving as deacons to bringing the Message this will be a Youth Led Service. Come and be inspired by the next generation of faithful!  Music by Wing & a Prayer.

Nov. 30 at 4 pm          Hanging of the Greens The Meaning Behind the Decorations

Though darkness covers the earth and gloom the nations,  the Lord will shine upon you;  God’s glory will appear over you.  Isaiah 60:2 CEB

This morning our church building will begin to wear its Christmas apparel. The Christmas trees will stand in the sanctuary. The lights will shine for us. As we make ready for the birth of the child by preparing this sanctuary, we make ready ourselves and the sanctuary of our own hearts. We are mindful that, although it is not Christmas yet, it will be here soon, very soon. As we decorate the church, not only will we explain the history of the symbols of this special season, but we will rededicate these symbols―and ourselves―to the service of God. 

Dec. 7     2nd Sunday of Advent         Hope Has Hands
Based on Luke 2:21-40

The morning of December 7 the Chancel Choir will present a joyous Christmas message through the cantata “Hope Has Hands.” Emmanuel, the Light of the World, our HOPE and salvation was sent to us two thousand years ago and each day is an opportunity to place our hearts in his hands again. The Cantata contains some classic and familiar carols such as Beautiful Star of Bethlehem, Go Tell It On the Mountain and Mary Did You Know, but you will be delighted with several stirring new ones as well.

Dec. 14     3rd Sunday of Advent         Shepherds, Sheep and a Savior Based on Luke 2:1-20

On a hill just outside of Bethlehem, lowly shepherds were tending their sheep at night. They didn't get much company out there. People had been passing through for several days as the census was underway, but they hardly spoke at all as they walked by on their way to Bethlehem. Nobody really wanted to talk to the shepherds. That is, nobody except an angel! They may have been at the bottom of the social ladder in Bethlehem, but God chose shepherds to be the first ones to see the Savior! This is their story - what they heard and what they saw that marvelous night when God came to dwell with men. Today’s service will be presented by iSing, our Children’s Choir.  One of the favorite services of the year, it’s a great Sunday to bring a friend, but please carpool as you are able; parking is typically scarce on this Sunday.

Dec. 21     4th Sunday of Advent         Mary’s Magnificat                         
Luke 1:30-56

My soul lifts up the Lord!  My spirit celebrates God, my Liberator!  Vs. 46 & 47 

Mary is deeply moved by two amazing encounters—first with the angel Gabriel and then with her cousin, Elizabeth. As commentary in The Voice reminds us, “Mary’s response can’t be contained in normal prose; her noble soul overflows in poetry. And this poetry isn’t simply religious; it has powerful social and political overtones. It speaks of a great reversal—what might be called a social, economic, and political revolution. To people in Mary’s day, there is little question as to what she is talking about. The Jewish people are oppressed by the Roman Empire, and to speak of a King who will demote the powerful and rich and elevate the poor and humble means one thing: God is moving toward setting them free!” What binds you? What are you afraid of? Where do you need liberating in the upcoming year so you might enter the song and sing GLORY to God? Special Music today by Belles With Bells, our English hand bell ensemble.

Dec. 28      1st Sunday of Christmas         Dedication Required                           Luke 2:21-40

When the poor ones who have nothing share with strangers, when the thirsty water give unto us all,  when the wounded in their weakness strengthen others, then we know that God still goes that road with us,  then we know that God still goes that road with us.  From Cuando El Pobre -A. Oliver and Miguel Manzano

Christ is born. Now what? In our culture new parents receive gifts, but in ancient days they were expected to make a sacrificial offering upon the dedication of their child in gratitude for the gift and for purification. Mary and Joseph brought the offering prescribed for those living in poverty, not those living in comfort or wealth. When they brought the offering, and the child to the temple, they did however receive a gift: the blessing of an old man clinging to a vast hope and the assurance of a prophetess that she would tell the story of redemption promised in this child. In our own fears of not being or having enough, what of ourselves are we called to dedicate to Jesus?   Special music today by our jazz friends, Salt N Pepper!


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