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We are an open and affirming congregation that welcomes and embraces persons of every gender, race, nationality, sexual orientation, age and ability. We invite you to join in the life and ministry of our church.


Grace Traces

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

But WHY Do We Worship

This is the third, and final, post about worship.  And our focus question is, why gather at all?  I suspect we have all heard someone say, "Oh, I can worship God in nature...or on the golf course." (although usually the way I heard God's name evoked in that particular setting does not seem very worshipful).  So why get together?  I recently heard Brian McLaren say that, "It is not as though God every seven days goes itching for an prelude."  Or a sermon either, I might add.  I think part of the problem is that we think worship is only about at God.  But in some ways, worship is also about the participates. Read More


Making Sense of Scripture

Thursday, August 28, 6:30 p.m., Chapel

Pastor Wes is offering a new Adult Education opportunity. Mark your calendars for Thursday evenings, August 28, September 4 and 11, from 6:30-8 p.m. in our Chapel. The title is "Making Sense of Scripture" based on the book by the same name by David Lose. You do not need to read the book to participate in the class. The class is designed to help you understand how you approach Scripture and the alternative ways others approach Scripture.

Dr. Lose was one of Pastor Wes' professors at Luther Seminary during his doctorate work. He maintains a blog (http://www.davidlose.net/) if you would like to familiarize yourself with his writings and style. See you, along with your fellow members, starting August 28.


Worship This Sunday

Please join us this Sunday for WORSHIP at 10 am

This Sunday, we will focus on Joshua 4:1-8, please click here to read before worship.  The service will help us reflect on the twelve week journey through Brian McLaren's book, Naked Spirituality.  We hope you will join us in worship and bring a friend!  All are welcome here: whoever you are and wherever you are on life's journey.  


Bible Study

You are invited to dwell in the Word with us EVERY Wednesday morning from 11 am to noon.  We meet in the Fellowship Hall of the church to study and talk about the scripture for the upcoming Sunday.  Here are a few upcoming passages

August 27 we will study Psalm 100 along with a special treat

September 3 we will study Genesis 8, story of Noah

September 10 we will study Genesis 12, story of Abram/Abraham and Sarai/Sarah

September 17 we will study Genesis 37, story of Joseph of "Technicolor Coat" fame

September 24: No Bible Study

Hope you will join in the conversation.  You are always welcome.

Contact Information

First Congregational United Church of Christ
1031 S. Euclid Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34237
Phone: (941) 953-7044 or (941) 365-4463
Fax: (941) 952-5245

Email: uccsarasota@aol.com

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