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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.


Lent 2015


Please join us for Holy Week services:

Palm Sunday, March 29 at 9 am and 11 am in celebration of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, we will wave palm branches high in the air, the Thursday Knights Children’s Choir will sing, as will our combined Adult Choirs. The special music and Palm Sunday hymns will be accompanied by a Brass Quartet from the Sarasota Opera Orchestra.
A very special creative service on Maundy Thursday entitled The Art of Communion will take place in Fellowship Hall at 7:00 p.m. on April 2. The service will include communion and prayer time.
On Good Friday, April 3, two services will be offered:
From noon – 1:00, a traditional service will take place in the sanctuary lead by our combined Adult Choirs. Christopher Takeda, violinist and Associate Concert Master of the Sarasota Orchestra, will be our guest instrumentalist. The service begins with the Singing of “
Were You There” and ends in the Garden of the Cross singing “Beneath the Cross of Jesus.” This powerful and solemn service ends in silence.
At 7:00 p.m., a candlelight service of prayer and meditation will be held in the Chapel. Quiet, music of chant, and familiar hymns will lead us in a spirit of wonder, love, and grace as we reflect on Christ’s crucifixion.
A glorious Easter Sunday breaks forth on April 5 at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. services. The sanctuary is adorned with the spring garden and scent of lilies, the music of Combined Choirs, Brass Quintet, and Timpani raises the rafters, and our Alleluias have no end as we celebrate Christ’s resurrection. Pastor Wes Bixby wraps up his Stories of Faith series with his sermon entitled “Three Words.”



Grace Traces

Friday, March 20

What to do Part Three


There are moments when reading the beatitudes that it is easy to nod our heads and think, "This just sounds like good advice."  But there is a difference between good advice and good news.  Advice can be "taken into consideration," which usually for me means, I am going to do something else.  Good advice plays into cultural common sense and doesn't challenge us.  The "good" part of advice is that we tend to agree.  Good news on the other hand can radically change our lives.  It takes us and pushes our comfort zones to places we'd prefer not to go.  And I believe, we never quite grasp the good news.  We might be grasped by it.  Fredrick Buechner is fond of saying, the gospel is always bad news before it is good news......Read More



Worship This Sunday

Please join us this Sunday at 9 and 11 am for Palm Sunday

This Sunday, March 29th, for our festive Palm Sunday Celebration.  At 9 am, we will celebrate the sacrament of baptism for Daniel and John Werner.  Our Thursday Knights Choir will sing at both services, we will feature a brass ensemble, and our adult choir will raise their voices as we enter into Holy Week.  Our focus scripture is Matthew 21:1-11, please read before worship.  We especially welcome any friends from up North who are here for a few weeks enjoying the Florida sunshine. All are welcome here: whoever you are and wherever you are on life's journey.  


Bible Study

The Bible Study table is always open.  We meet on Wednesday mornings from 11 am to noon in Fellowship Hall.  Hope to see you there!

April 1        NO Bible Study...please come to Holy Week services

April 8       Bible study resumes and we will wrap up Matthew.

April 15      1 Corinthians chapters 1-2

April 22      1 Corinthians chapters 3-4

April 29     1 Corinthains chapters 5-6


Please know that all chapters are tentative, we try to stay open to the Holy Spirit...sometimes lingering over a verse or chapter longer than the above schedule.  See Pastor Wes for the exact chapter each week.

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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