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Worship with us on Sundays at 10:30 am
Oct 4 at 10:30 am- Karen Hollis preaching and presiding.
Videos of the Worship Service
Recent videos are now available:
* Sunday, October 4 -Karen Hollis preaching.
* Sunday, September 27 - Rev. Sally McShane preaching.
* Sunday, September 20 - Eric Stephanson preaching.
* Sunday, September 13 - Eric Stephanson preaching.
Current News of the Congregation
Dear friends of University Hill Congregation,
In response to the question, "why go to Sunday worship?" there could be many answers. Because the church is not a building, but a community of people, we gather to support and encourage one another, and to remind ourselves individually and together of our purpose. To actively enter into a posture of worship is to consciously choose a humble openness to wonder, the foundation of all religion according to the great American Rabbi, Abrahan Joshua Heschel. Christian worship has the power to transform us because it reorients us away from our own private interpretations of life, towards an experience of the spirituality of Jesus.
By definition, Christian spirituality is a vulnerable wrestling with the Holy Spirit. The patterns of our worship, the words in our songs, our prayers and scripture reflections, even the silence, all reflect the love of the God Jesus called "Abba", the empowering presence of Jesus, and the active participation in the life of God through the Holy Spirit. When we come to worship, we are not alone, as we say in our creed: we come to worship in response to God's call, in active anticipation of the fulfillment towards which all of creation is tilting, as promised through the incarnation of Jesus among us.
So worship is not a little thing, but a portal allowing the light of God to shine into our shadows. To worship is to remain focused on the world we believe God passionately loves, but with the presence of God around and within us, in order that we see the ways in which God's active reign is not hidden "in heaven" but is breaking into our world, and even into us. Worship reminds us that we are invited to consciously participate in God's reign: as we do so, we are created anew.
Worship on Sunday
* This Sunday we will host several texts, including James 5:13-20, Psalm 124, and Mark 9:38-50. Rev. Sally McShane of First United Church will be our preacher, and will lead a Covenant Commitment Ceremony between Eric and University Hill Congregation, on behalf of Vancouver Burrard Presbytery and B.C. Conference.
Worship leadership participants this week: Eric Stephanson will be our presider, with Gary Gibson as our worship elder and Eric Hall our lector. Esmeralda Cabral will offer our welcome ministry; Laurenda Daniells is our worship coordinator, and Thanh Vo will be our sacristan.
Gerald Hobbs will accompany our worship on the piano and organ, with Margaret Skarsgard and The Singers leading is in praise and worship.
* Chilren's programs: the Little Ones (six and under) and the Elementary children (6 - 12) will meet, beginning in worship.
Following worship this Sunday, we will be making sandwiches for First United Mission. All those able and willing to lend a hand would be very much appreciated.
Join the Refugee Sponsorship Team.
There is a group of members of several local churches who have been working together for four years on sponsorship of refugees, in collaboration with United Church advocate Maggie Hosgood. If you are interested to join the team, please call or speak with Michael Butler at 604-221-5147
Scripture for Sunday, Oct 4: Proverbs 31:10-31; Ps 1; James 3:13-4:3;7-8a; Mark 9:30-37. Little Ones: Genesis 1:20-25 (God made birds, fish and animals)
Karen Hollis will be preaching, and we will welcome students to a BBQ lunch. ( If you are willing to help please contact Karen! )
Bible at Breakfast on Wednesdays, 7:30 am at the White Spot (Broadway at Larch). This week we begin the book of Ruth. Come for friendship and spiritual food!
The Food & Faith Community is the United Church student club at UBC. We gather to share food, pray, host the Christian story and practice acts of justice and mercy. Our Monday Night Meals are at 5:30 in the Chapel with dinner, Bible study and communion. All students welcome!. For info speak with Karen Hollis or see www.foodandfaithubc.ca.
The women of University Hill Congregation are invited to gather at the home of Aldyen Donnelly (3932 West Broadway) on Saturday, October 3 at noon for a catered lunch ($10) and conversation. Please RSVP to Brenda Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 604 275-0505 before Tuesday, September 29th. Please let Brenda know if you have any food allergies.
VST anticipates that their new building will be ready for occupancy starting the week of September 28. Our new tentative church office move date is September 30. If you would be willing to help out with the move during the day or early evening, please contact Marjorie at the church office (email@example.com)