United Parish

June 30th Worship

This Week at UPA

June 30th Worship

Scripture: 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27

Message: God in Our Love

Blessings and grace to you all.
It’s hard to believe that before this modern era people did not find themselves loving same-sex relationships. Today it is said that 1 in 10 people self-define within the LGBTQ spectrum. So why don’t we read more about tender and committed same sex relationships in historical spaces? The truth is, we do. There are several biblical stories that feature an intimate and loving relationship that is atypical to a heterosexual one.

This Sunday’s scripture tells of one of those relationships.

2 Samuel tells of David’s very intimate and committed relationship with Saul’s oldest son, Jonathan. The scripture does not shy away from very personal and exaggerated adjectives including noting that their souls were forever bound; their love “wonderful, passing the love of women.”

The point is that God can be found in our love for the Divine, for ourselves, and for one another – in all of its beautiful and tender forms. On this final Sunday of Pride month we will celebrate this gift!

See you Sunday!


PS… Matt and I will be taking our vacation over the next couple of weeks. Linda Wood-Boyle will be available for emergency pastoral care from July 2-7 and will be preaching on July 7th. Matt will offer pastoral care from July 8 – 19th and will be preaching on July 14th. Please call the church office for contact information for either of these pastors!

Prelude:  “Ffigybern”        trad. Welsh melody           
Meditation: “Musette in C” Edvard Grieg
Postlude: “Gavotte in G” Edvard Grieg

Live Stream Information
We are making improvements to our sanctuary sound system and encourage you to worship with us in person. If you are not able to worship with us we continue to stream our services via Facebook and Zoom. If you experience any trouble go to our Facebook page for more information.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.

Zoom Link: UPA Sunday Morning Worship
Facebook Livestream Link: https://www.facebook.com/upanewtonma/live

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