Welcome to United Parish in Brookline
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Sunday Worship Service:
Sep 15 - Jun 22: 11:00 am | Jun 29 - Aug 31: 10:00 am
All in the Family
Our text this week is Genesis 29:15-28 which covers the marriage of Jacob. Jacob got himself into some unusual situations according to scripture, but did you ever wonder how Jacob - the poster child for sibling rivalry - ended up married to two sisters? The story of Jacob, Leah, and Rachel makes up an impressive love triangle that may be part of the best ancient soap opera ever penned. How did those sisters navigate the waters of sharing a husband?! Where did they turn when they needed someone to vent about the other woman in Jacob's life?
Happy 80th Birthday, Betty
On sunday night Betty Gray, her son Chris, and UP friends gathered at the McConnell's home for a celebration of her 80th birthday, complete with balloons, children, laughter, and cake, not to mention Betty's favorite cuisine, from Mexico! We listened with fascination as Betty shared some of her memories of her eight years - ration books during WWII, elocution lessons every Saturday with her brothers and sister, adventures at church and school, her wonderful time at BU School of Theology as a young person, and her adult life.
For summer worship, we are doing things a little differently. Worship is at 10am to maximize the cooler morning hours. We will serve communion every week and we will aim for shorter worship - more like 45-50 minutes with shorter homilies and midrashim on the scripture. Our theme is family trees and tracing our roots, as we look at the lectionary readings about the early families in Genesis and Exodus. We enjoy lemonade and goodies together after worship. Come and try it!
This August, the five 2014 confirmands and their teachers will journey to Steubenville, Ohio for their pilgrimage with the Urban Mission of Steubenville’s JOSHUA Program. Founded by the United Methodist Church in 1959, the Urban Mission Ministries, Inc. is an ecumenical Christian social service agency.
As you relax on the beach, picnic by a mountain stream, enjoy the rays of sunshine on a blanket in a nearby park, or just take some time on your favorite chair some summer evening, we invite you to join with others in our congregation and pick up one or both of the books suggested below to read.
On Sunday, August 17th at 3:00pm in the Sanctuary, we are celebrating one of our own being ordained into the Christian ministry! This is an important milestone in the life of any church. Liz has faithfully and steadily ridden the many transitions at United Parish over the past several years.