In this time of physically distancing, we are drawing closer together in Spirit, prayer, worship, service and care for one another. We hope you’ll join us online!
(You can join and view the service at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday 29th)
Some instructions: If you’d like to join worship using video, click on the link above from your computer or phone, and you will be prompted to allow Zoom to use your camera and audio. If you would prefer to call in on your phone like a conference call, you can dial 1-646-558-8656. In case you need it, the Meeting ID number is: 693 839 849#. We’ll use the same link for Worship, Reception and Sunday School .
11am – Virtual Coffee Hour/Reception
11:30am – ZOOM Sunday School for Kids and Youth
Kids and Youth are invited to use the same link as above for the Worship service, and join us for a 20-minute Sunday School gathering! YOU CAN ACCESS THE SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON FOR THIS WEEK BY CLICKING HERE.
If joining in worship by Zoom is not an option for you, we invite you to listen to this abridged service that will be available at 10:00 am on Sunday. Please note that this is the same recording that will be viewed with those joining via Zoom. So whether you worship by watching the video below or worship via zoom, we as a community will be engaging the same music, scripture and messages.
Follow along with our Worship Bulletin below
WORDS OF WELCOME Rev. Stacy Swain
LIGHTING OF THE LENTEN CANDLE – WEEK 5
PRAYER FOR GOD’S GRACE (Together)
Creator, Redeemer, Sustaining God. We ask your grace be upon us this day. We want to love you with our whole hearts and love our neighbors as ourselves, but sometimes find it hard to do so.
So shine the light of your love into our lives, we pray. Guide us and renew us. Help us to more fully experience your grace so that we may be beacons of hope, sources of comfort, fonts of inspiration, and ambassadors of your love, in this beautiful but wounded world. We pray all of this in the name of Love. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF GOD’S GRACE
*THE GREETING OF PEACE
Leader: May God’s Peace be with you.
People: And also with you.
CHILDREN’S TIME Rev. Amy Clark Feldman
The Lord’s Prayer (Trespasses)
Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
NOTE: After the Blessing, children would usually head to Sunday School. This week, we invite families to try Sunday School At Home. For a lesson you can try at home, please CLICK HERE.
But you, O Lord, are enthroned forever;
your name endures to all generations.
You will rise up and have compassion on Zion,
for it is time to favor it;
the appointed time has come.
For your servants hold its stones dear,
and have pity on its dust.
The nations will fear the name of the Lord,
and all the kings of the earth your glory.
For the Lord will build up Zion;
he will appear in his glory.
He will regard the prayer of the destitute,
and will not despise their prayer.
Mark 13:1-8, 24-37 (NRSV)
As he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!” Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.”
When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that all these things are about to be accomplished?” Then Jesus began to say to them, “Beware that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’[a] and they will lead many astray. When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birth pangs.
“But in those days, after that suffering,
the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light
and the stars will be falling from heaven,
and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.
“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he[a] is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
“But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.”
SERMON Jade Hargrave
TIME OF PRAYER
Leader: The Lord be with you.
People: And with thy spirit.
Leader: Let us begin our prayer in silence.
Prayers of the People
PRAYER RESPONSE “Jesus, Through These Forty Days” vs. 1 & 4
SERVICE OF SHARING
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BENEDICTION Jade Hargrave
We, the members of the Union Church in Waban, true to our founding principle of being an inclusive church, covenant together to nourish and to sustain in our common life and practice a fully welcoming and affirming church for all persons. Welcoming all persons who seek to join with us in a commitment to love God and our neighbors, affirming the inclusive love of Jesus, we are open to all, without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, nationality, ability or economic circumstance. We invite all to full participation in our worship, membership, leadership and life of this church.