“Welcome to worship at the Union Church in Waban. We are a spiritually inclusive faith community that is child cherishing, mission and outreach minded and fully accessible. Whether you are sure in your beliefs or surely do not what to believe you are welcome here and our worship together is enriched by your presence.”
It is with these words of welcome that we begin our worship service every Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. They are words we take very seriously. Our community was founded on the conviction that faith is too large to exclude. We are committed to a life of discipleship growing together in what it means to “love kindness, do justice and walk humbly with our God” (Micah 6:8).
To quote the words of Rev. Cutler, founding pastor of this faith community “Gathered in this household of faith from a great variety of denominational traditions and associations, for some of us were Baptists, or Presbyterians, Methodists, Unitarians, or Congregationalists, though for the most part we forget it and you all look alike to me – our family life has been all the richer and more interesting. We know perfectly well that there are lots of matters of opinion and belief concerning which no majority of us would be agreed at all – but what of it? And so, for one thing, we have been standing for tolerance in religious opinion – a tolerance which comes not from mere indifference but which maintains in non-essentials, liberty; in essentials, unity; in all things, charity.
“Perhaps we may say that the Idea of the Union Church in Waban is the principle of an Inclusive Church based upon the simplest terms of Christian discipleship.
The inclusive church makes discipleship to Jesus central and fundamental and welcomes, yes, claims, everybody who wants “to keep fellowship with Jesus and to learn how to live.” The Church of Christ is now, as it was in the beginning, just a group of folks anywhere, anytime, who have fallen in love with Jesus and His ideals of life, and are seeking to realize these ideals in all the relations of their lives. Wayfarers themselves they follow Him who is The Way.”
Our worship weaves together music, silence, word and prayer. We celebrate Communion on the first Sunday of each month as a whole family together with our children who return from Sunday School. We uphold the teaching of the “Priesthood of all Believers” and while our Pastor may leads us in worship most Sundays we believe we all have a voice to contribute and strive to make our worship reflect the expanse diversity among us by incorporating lay readers, adult and children’s choirs, our student minister and lay liturgists and preachers.
Monthly Worship at the Waban Health and Rehabilitation Center
Our commitment to and delight in being a spiritually inclusive faith community inspired us to take our worship outside the walls of our church and to gather with the residents of the Waban Health and Rehabilitation Center. On the third Thursday of the month at 10:30 a.m. we share in a Protestant worship service of song, word, prayer and praise. It is a spirit drenched time of exploration, celebration, consolation and revelation. All are welcomed to share in this time. Please let our Pastor Stacy (Stacy@ucw.org) know if you would like to join us.
Common Cathedral Worship
On Sunday, October 27th we will have the opportunity to worship with the un-housed congregation of Common Cathedral during their regular worship service on Boston Common. This very accessible celebration begins at 1:00 p.m. with a simple meal and then continues with Scripture reflection by the minister, as well as by the congregation, prayers, celebration of birthdays, the sharing of Communion, and lots of singing. If you are interested in participating in this worship on October 27th, please contact the church office at 617-527-6221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Key Dates and Special Services
September 8th, Gathering Sunday
October 6th, World Communion Sunday
October 27th, All Saints Sunday and Common Cathedral at 1:00p.m.
November 24th, Thanksgiving Sunday – giving of Bibles to 4th Graders
December 1st, First Sunday in Advent – Hanging of the Greens
December 8th, Festival of Lights
December 15th, Christmas Pageant
December 18th, Blue Christmas Service 7:00p.m.
December 22nd, Christmas Sunday
December 25th, Christmas Eve 6:00p.m.
January 5th, Epiphany Sunday
January 20th MLK Sunday
March 5th, Ash Wednesday 7:00p.m., beginning of Lent
April 13th, Palm Sunday
April 17th, Maundy Thursday 6:15p.m.
April 19th, Easter Vigil Service 7:00p.m.
April 20th, Easter
April 27th, Care of Creation Sunday (Earth day is the 22nd)
May 11th, Mother’s Day Sunday
June 1st, Annual Meeting Sunday
June 8th, Pentecost/Children’s Sunday followed by Picnic
June 15th, Father’s Day Sunday, last Sunday of the program year.