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February 12th Worship

This Week at UPA

February 12th Worship

Lessons: Matthew 5:21-37
Message: Reconciliation

This Sunday we’ll continue our reading of Jesus’ sermon on the mount almost to its end. This is the part that gets tricky, where Jesus uses as examples parts of the original law of Israel given to the people in the book of Exodus and questions its application. We will read about “an eye for an eye” and the laws of divorce and adultery. These are really difficult lessons to read because, by the end of it, we’re all feeling judged and indicted. Not to mention that, from the perspective of our modern western culture, much of what he’s saying doesn’t make sense. And still, we are called to uphold Jesus’ teachings and especially that which comes out of his interpretation of the law.

So, then, what do we make of these very clear and relatable lessons? Join us for worship on Sunday when dig deep for the common thread throughout this lesson landing on the foundation of all of the law of the prophets – a rule that applies to every generation through all cultures across this divinely blessed world.

See you Sunday!


Prelude: “Martin”  African Am. spiritual 
Anthem:  “Freedom in Coming”  South African freedom song
Meditation: “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”   African Am. spiritual   Marina Khankhalaeva, mezzo soprano                   
Postlude:  “Ebenezer”  Thomas Williams
Special Music: “God With Us”  All Sons & Daughters  UPA Rock Band

Live Stream Information

We will continue streaming our worship on both Zoom and Facebook Live. Please share these links with your friends. Bear in mind that we cannot share the Zoom links publicly (to keep from being Zoom bombed), so please share it person to person rather than posting it on Facebook/Twitter, or other public social media. It’s fine to share the Facebook link broadly and publicly. For Zoom login information please reach out to Pastor Cheryl at cheryl@newtonchurch.org

Note: that we continue to work on streaming as we make improvements to the sanctuary sound system. 

Zoom Link: UPA Sunday Morning Worship
Meeting ID: 813 3492 9545
Facebook Livestream Link: https://www.facebook.com/upanewtonma/live

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