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 at 9 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
Meals served from 4:00 to 5:00
On the 2nd Sunday of the month
Following our worship service we will have an all church potluck from 11:20 to Noon
All Committees (except Buildings and Grounds) meet from Noon to 1:00
Parish Coordinating Council meets from 1:00 to 2:00
Upcoming Worship Services
March 9 “Children Shouting. Horror or Hosanna?” Matthew 21:1-17
March 9th is not Palm Sunday, but throughout the 40 days in season of Lent we will focus on the final week of the life of Jesus of Nazareth. It began with children shouting and the crowds chanting, “Hosanna!” which means “Save now!” What did the crowds want saving from and how were they able to change their cries so quickly from Hosanna to “Crucify him!”? Is Palm Sunday a celebration or a farce? What of modern Christian? Are we more faithful?
March 16 “Parable of Two Sons” Matthew 21:28-32
The Parable of the Two Sons is both beloved and hated. We love it because it is such a great story of redemption but we hate it because the one who follows the rules is not the one who gets the party. How do we reconcile the desire to do what is right in terms of our relationship to God, but not be jealous when God welcomes whole heartedly people we think are less deserving, or who shouldn’t be welcomed at all? Gospel Changes are coming down—are we ready for them? Michael Kimbell-Auth is guest preaching today.
March 23 “What is Caesar’s? What is God’s?” Matthew 22:15-22
Another difficult text. Jesus is talking about money, giving to God what is God’s and to Caesar what is Caesar's but when all that giving is done what is left for us? Today begins our focus on a Week of Compassion. Back in the mid 50s when Week of Compassion began to partner with One Great Hour of Sharing Robert Tobias a Disciple pastor said that this special offering wasn’t charity at all. Tobias said that Interchurch Aid is concerned, "'with healing, yes, but also with God's love and reconciliation and unity and fellowship. Interchurch aid,' he said, 'is not charity. It is the churches holding in common with their Author, their destiny, their resources, their struggles and opportunities. Interchurch living must go on so long as there are churches and they have an Author and a commission and a world of opportunity.'" God is still God and we are not—are we giving to God what He asks of us? Rev. Bob Green will be guest preaching today.
March 30 “The Greatest Commandment” Matthew 22:34-40
As we conclude our One Great Hour of Sharing focus today we will focus on the clearest answer Jesus gives in all of scripture in terms of how we are to understand the law and the changes of interpretation he inspired. The Pharisees are testing him and asking a series of questions about the law when they finally get to the core question: “Which law is the most important?” Jesus answers “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the greatest and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” In other words ALL OF THE LAW hangs on the love of God and the love of neighbor. All of the law must be interpreted through love. While that sounds “nice” how do we deal with the people we don’t like, let alone love? Not on our own power! But we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us—thanks be to God.