United Parish

Worship January 21, 2024

This Week at UPA

Worship January 21, 2024

Good morning and blessings!
I am so pleased to welcome the Rev. Nizzi Digan, UMC Commonwealth East District Superintendent to our pulpit and worship this Sunday! Rev. Digan is a fourth-generation Methodist from Manila, Philippines, where her grandfather and father were United Methodist pastors and her grandmother and sister Beulah were deaconesses. When she was ordained by Bishop Peter Weaver in 2006, Rev. Digan became the first Filipina elder in the New England Conference. Additionally she currently serves on the Board of Ordained Ministry and as a Candidacy Mentor and as the Clergy Spiritual Director for the Crossroads Emmaus of New England. Rev. Digan is no stranger to the Commonwealth East District as she has served previous appointments in Lynn, Everett, and East Saugus as well as 10 years as the Port chaplain with Boston Seafarers Friend for the Port of Boston.

As many of you know, we are a federated church that includes the equal support and recognition of both the United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ. Both of these denominations support the UPA with resources for both ministry and the running of the “business” that is a church. While it is true that we are financially autonomous from both of these denominations (we actually pay them for the abundance of support and resources) we owe much of our success in ministry and outreach to our denominational bodies who are as invested as we are in our growth and empowerment!

I hope you will join me in welcoming Rev. Digan to our UPA worship this Sunday with deep gratitude!



Prelude:   “Aria in G”  G. F. Handel                           

Anthem: “ ‘Tis Winter Now; the Fallen Snow”  19th c. English carol             

Meditation:  “Great God in Heaven”  Leonard Bernstein Sung by   MinSun Im, tenor

Postlude:  “Kingsfold”  Ralph Vaughn Williams      

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
Meeting ID: 813 3492 9545
Facebook Livestream Link: https://www.facebook.com/upanewtonma/live

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