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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 Eric Stephanson photosupport 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.


Eric Stephanson

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.

Congregational News

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 brendareynolds@shaw.ca 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 (uhilladm@shaw.ca)

Christian Seasons Calendar now at the printer
The calendar team is pleased to announce the (soon) arrival of the 2015-16 edition of Salt of the Earth: A Christian Seasons Calendar. In this unusual depiction of the seasons, we keep time from Advent to Christmas to Epiphany to LentChristian Seasons Calendar cover image to Easter to the end of the Christian year.

The art is contributed by artists from Christians in the Visial Arts. This year they are all from the United States. The CIVA artists have supported this ministry for many years, and we thank them for this new contribution.

The calendar is for sale at $15.95, with discounts for orders of 10 and 25 items. The calendar makes a nice gift at Advent or Christmas. Please join us in celebration of this wonderful gift of God's presence among us!

New this fall
The Session is pleased to announce that, effective September 1, Rev. Eric Stephanson will join us as our congregational minister, serving through June 2016.

After graduating from VST, Eric and his wife Carol were involved in a bilingual church in Val d'Or, Quebec, in campus ministry in Edmonton, and in several university-area churches in Victoria and Vancouver. Most recently Eric has worked at Chown Memorial and Chinese United Church in Vancouver for the past 16 years, and also with Canuck Place Children's Hospice. About the year to come, he says "I am delighted to join with members of U Hill congregation in their engagement with the gospel in our everyday experience, and especially during this transition year after the retirement of Ed Searcy. I hope to encourage a continuation of the strong patterns of Ed's ministry, and look forward to new developments blossoming from the deep roots which are here."

Eric and Carol are parents of four eclectic adult children, and enjoy regular play-dates with their two grandchildren.

United Church Campus Ministry at UBC
This ministry is a partnership between the congregation and BC Conference of the United Church of Canada. Karen Hollis photoOur campus minister is Karen Hollis. Learn more at the Food and Faith Community, the United Church campus club, which meets over dinner every Monday at 5:30 pm for food and conversation about living the Christian faith.

During the next year, Karen will spend one-quarter of her time as congregational intern, in preparation for her ordination next May. Please call her if you have pastoral concerns over the summer.

On Wednesday, July 22 we hosted the Native Minstries Consortium Summer School for dinner. This is our 18th year of our effort to visit with the summer school students, share stories and songs, and catch up with friends. Here are some pictures, taken by Doug Goodwin.

Find us
The Chapel of the Epiphany is located at 6030 Chancellor Boulevard on the campus of the Vancouver School of Theology at the University of British Columbia. Here are directions to the chapel.

We've moved again, back to VST
We have been at Carey Theological College over the summer, but we are now back at Vancouver School of Theology.

New phone numbers
As a result of our office move please note these new phone numbers for Karen Hollis at 604-225-5913 and for Marjorie Morrison Ross at 604-822-0638.

Sunday Worship
Our life is rooted in worship. The bell rings each Sunday morning to signal our 10:30 gathering. Some come dressed up, others dress casually . . . more

Who we are
We are an all-ages Christian community of hospitality, a diverse church that travels light, a pilgrim people following Jesus ... more

View some photos of the congregation here and more here.

FAQs - answers to frequently asked questions

Rites of Passage
We welcome inquiries about baptisms, marriages and funerals . . . more.

Art for the banners on these pages is from the artists of the Christian Seasons Calendar for 2015-2016.

Thanks to William Butler, ULalo Garcia, Kerri Jones, Laura Kestley, Andrea Kraybill, Aletheia Schmidt, Cornelia Schmitter, Gill Sakakini and Virginia Wieringa.

Banner art is taken from the Christian Seasons Calendar. Thanks to our artists for 2015-2016