By Bob Rudolph
The best kept secret in University Place is the United Church in University Place (UCUP). UCUP is too good a Church to be kept secret. We have a wonderful Church family. We are affiliated with the United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ. We are a very caring and loving Church and we worship as one family. No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey all are welcome here.
Our Sunday worship service is at 10 a.m. (Nursery Care available)
Children above nursery age and youth participate in the first portion of worship and then are invited to go to Sunday school.
Communion is celebrated the first Sunday of the month and is open to all.
Worship services at United Church in University Place are a vibrant experience. We include deeply spiritual and contemplative portions of the service, as well as joyful, lighthearted communal experiences. From the “open mic” during the time of prayer to the use of color and props around the communion table, UCUP works to create services that speak to the hearts of all.
Music is an especially important part of our worship. Each week our Choir leads our musical celebration and throughout the year special services incorporate our Chimes Choir, Children’s Choir, and Liturgical Dance Choir. We include many solos and guest musicians as we sprinkle contemporary music selections throughout more traditional hymns.
Baptisms are scheduled at the request of the member or family.
Special Services are held at many times during the year – Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Easter Sunrise, Outdoor Service and Blessing of the Animals, Longest Night/Blue Christmas and Celtic Christmas Eve
Celtic Christmas Eve Service,
Dec 24th at 7pm
Join us as we both anticipate and celebrate the birth of the Light of Jesus in the world and in our lives! This will be our traditional service of singing “Silent Night” by candle-light and of stomping our feet to the rhythm of the haunting bagpipes as played by our gifted guests Suzanne Wolfe and Seamus Neary. We will take up an offering for retired clergy in both the United Methodist and United Church of Christ traditions. Childcare for children 4 and under will be provided.
Blue Christmas or “Longest Night” Service of Solace
Thursday, Dec. 19th 7:00pm in the sanctuary
The season of Advent is filled with hope that leads to Christmas joy.
But, as the experiences of our lives and the laments in the Psalms remind us, hope Is not always present in ways we can feel.
Join us for prayer services when we can, with others, acknowledge the “blue” feelings we have at Christmas time, the reasons for them, and offer them to God. This is a time of the year when memories of past experiences and the pain of present experiences can become overwhelming. For some, Christmas Day is the most difficult. For others, Christmas Eve, or New Years Eve, or the beginning of another lonely New Year are hard to face. In this service, we’ll have some prayer, some singing appropriate to the Christmas Season, and a ritual for help and healing.
We hope and pray that that you will find comfort in knowing & being reminded that you are not alone.