Peace and presence by the sea…
Union Church is an interdenominational Christian church that welcomes those who wish to journey with us as we seek to receive and follow God’s sacred spirit and the ethical teachings of Jesus Christ. We are an evolving community of faith that seeks to reflect the love and compassion of God through our conduct. We follow the teaching of Jesus to love God, neighbor, and self. We have reverence for Earth and all living creatures. We are a worshiping community that gathers to give thanks and to celebrate the Holy Presence of God in all things. We welcome all visitors.
Dear Members and friends of Union Church,
Despite the crazy-making weather, the days are visibly longer and the buds on the trees continue to plump up. Spring is really here and now we begin Passiontide, the last two weeks of Lent.
During the first four weeks of Lent we were invited to take time to deepen our spirituality, feed our souls, and enjoy some intimacy with our God. Now, the scripture readings, prayers and services during these last two weeks dramatically portray the depth of Jesus’ love and our call to imitate him. It is to the degree that we love and allow ourselves to be loved that we live fully. Easter is the celebration of that expanded life; new life! If the business of daily activities or other events have prevented you from taking time to feed your spirit, you still have many opportunities to do so:
This week our Sunday Communion Service will be enhanced with the talent of Jim Rice our guest musician. Even if you haven’t attended so far, you are invited to take part in the Lenten scripture discussion group at the office on Tuesday, April 4th at 1:00 p.m. April 5-6 is the annual women’s retreat at Marie Joseph Spiritual Center. This is a time of shared prayer, song, discussion and laughter. Last year we all left a little lighter. April 9th we celebrate Palm Sunday with a triumphal procession. Please bring your bells, drums, or other instruments as together we make a joyful noise to the Lord. Tuesday, April 11, Jan Hryniewicz and Deirdre Drennen will lead a prayer circle at 9:00 a.m. at The First Congregational Church, 141 North Street in Kennebunkport. On Thursday, April 13th you are invited to join the deacons at Seeds of Hope, 35 South Street, Biddeford, as we celebrate Maundy Thursday there by sharing hot cross buns. Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. is our Candles and Communion Service, when we reenact the last actions of Jesus with a foot washing ritual, communion and Tenebrae. It is a moving experience and a beautiful way to enter the sacredness of the season. We begin celebrating the Resurrection on Sunday, April 16 at 5:45 with a sunrise service at Anita and Brad Coupe’s home 20 Ocean Avenue, Biddeford Pool. We continue our celebration with a lovely pot-luck breakfast, 7:00 – 8:30, at the community club, 2 Yates Street, Biddeford Pool. Finally we have our traditional Easter Sunday Service at the church at 10:00. So if you haven’t given yourself the opportunity to experience the blessings of Lent, you still have many opportunities to do so. Come feel the embrace of our warm, loving and joy-filled community as we celebrate this sacred season.
Love, as always,
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Union Church in Biddeford Pool, Maine, seeks a pastor to lead our church and guide us in our spiritual life and development in the years ahead…
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