In worship this Lent, weâ€™ll be using the theme â€œLearning to live inside out (and outside in)â€ to explore the ways that both our being and our doing can help us in this endeavor. For some of us, a physical activity is a more accessible starting point than time spent in silent reflection. Others of us appreciate the invitation to quietude and study. In worship each week, weâ€™ll offer multiple entry points that may be helpful in deepening both our ethical commitments and spiritual life as we face the realities of our worldâ€”a world that stands ever in need of both ways to grieve its sufferings, and to take in the miracles.
To supplement our worship experience, this year I plan to offer an informal Lenten lunch series on Thursdays at noon at the church. Beginning March 9 (and concluding March 30), you are invited to bring your own packed lunch to the basement area for a chance to connect with others, reflect on the scriptures and practices shared in worship, and share in a brief time of mid-week prayer. Weâ€™ll conclude by 1 pm, and some additional, Lent-friendly snacks (for those who plan to give up certain indulgences) will be available. You can come each week, or just for one week. Thereâ€™s plenty of room at the table!
Calendar of Events
Lenten Lunches – Thursdays at noon, March 9-30. Informal opportunity to gather at UCU for lunch, fellowship, prayer, and reflection. We’ll look back and ahead at the scriptures and practices presented in worship, sharing inside out and outside in how our Lenten journeys are going.
Maundy Thursday – Thursday, April 6.Â UCU will again gather with area churches to commemorate Jesus’s final meal with his friends. Time and location to come.
Good Friday Walk – Friday, April 7. We’ll begin at 12:30 pm at St. Thomas Church in Underhill Center, walking down River Road to Park Street, Rt. 15 and Raceway with stops at the Covered Bridge, the United Church of Underhill, Calvary Episcopal, and Catalyst Church.
Easter Sunday worship – Sunday, April 9. Christ is Risen! Join at UCU or via livestream for a celebratory Easter Sunday service.