Birthright Blessing – based on Genesis 25 & 27

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  Birthright Blessing In the fall of my freshman year of college at PLU, my brother came to take me to lunch. I was excited to see him and share all of my news. A few minutes in, he revealed the true reason he came to see me. He wanted to tell me that he […]

The Function of Freedom is to set others Free

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  Welcome to our worship on July 5, 2020 – recorded from our Live Zoom worship at 10am. Let us know if you ever want to join us live on Zoom. Send us an email at office@ucup.org. Posted by United Church In University Place on Sunday, July 5, 2020 Romans 7:18-20; 24-25 18 I know […]

Guest Speaker – Dr. Tanya Sorenson

Worship Service June 28, 2020. Pastor Cathy is leading worship from McMenamins in Edgefield, OR where she officiated a wedding of one of UCUP's members. Dr. Tanya Sorenson is the virutal pulpit guest. We had technical difficulty at the beginning getting unmuted. Skip ahead to about the 3-minute mark to avoid the confusion. All music […]

Rest as Spiritual Resistance

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  This past week there has been an uprising of people taking to the streets to protest systemic-racism. The chronic weaponization of racism is being confronted and challenged by thousands of protestors in response to the murders of George Floyd,  Ahmaud Arbery who would have turned 26 last month, and Breonna Taylor, who would have turned […]

Fiery Pentecost

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  Pentecost is one of my favorite Sundays in the liturgical calendar. I love the vibrancy of the music, the liturgy and the colorful imagery of mighty wind, tongues of fire, and gentle dove. I love anticipating the new thing God might do with our faith community through the Holy Spirit. Last week, I preached […]

The Spiritual Practice of Lament (for the Earth)

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SCRIPTURE Jeremiah 2:7; Job 12:7-12; Psalm 24:1-2; Romans 8:18-23 There is a chorus that sings: “This world is not my home, I’m just passing through. My treasures are laid up – somewhere beyond the blue. I can’t feel at home in this world anymore”. It’s a fun song to sing, but I find a theological […]

Gratitude – the Balm to Anxiety

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Rejoice in the Lord Always, Paul tells the Philippians. Don’t worry about your life, Jesus tells his disciples. If we aren’t supposed to worry about OUR lives, perhaps we can worry about other people’s lives instead? There’s plenty to worry about there. But I don’t think that’s the point. Do not be anxious about anything, Paul […]

God of all times and seasons

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    Click on link to take you to our virtual service. The Hebrew Scriptures are divided into three major sections: the Torah, the Prophets, and Wisdom books. The Wisdom section includes the Psalms, Job, the Song of Songs, and Ecclesiastes. Fr. Richard Rohr says that Wisdom literature reveals an ability to be patient with […]