The Union Church in Waban                
Friday, July 6, 2018
This Sunday

Starting this Sunday, we will worship at 5:00 p.m. 
These will be more informal worship services in Memorial Chapel (just off the sanctuary) where we invite you to come just as you are, whether that be straight from the beach or from the garden.  Worship will be followed by some light refreshments.  If you are interested in helping to lead service, sharing a reflection or playing some music for a service, please be in touch with Pastor Stacy

Sunday Morning, 10:00 a.m. Worship will resume on
September 9, for our Gathering Sunday Service
Have you ever wondered ...
why we begin with a call to worship?

On most Sundays as many of us are milling around greeting and catching up with old friends and making new ones, there comes the tick of 10:00 and with it the Call to Worship.  Most times this is heralded with a lovely bell descant and then an invitation for us to join in singing the entry into our time of worship.  

Why do we do this?  Is the "Call to Worship" anything other than the equivalent of the on and off of the lights flickering at a performance to mark the shows beginning?

Absolutely!  Worship is not a performance of some.  It is instead something that all of us create together.  The quality of worship depends not just on the preparation of those tasked with leading but also with the disposition of all of those who gather.  The Call to Worship summons us all into the Holy "work" of  being present in a way that may be radically different that the rest of the week affords. 

The Call to Worship is just what it's name suggests.  It is a call, a summons, an imperative for all of us to move from one space, orientation, way of being in the world to another. It is the mark that something new is breaking forth and that all that are gathered are part of making something new happen.  

What is breaking forth?  A time out of time.  For six days of the week, we may be "slaves of Pharaoh" but on the seventh day, the time is our own.  It is time of the "Eternal Now" where we are invited to move from an allegiance to an economy of scarcity where the unit of production marks out worth to an economy of abundance where there is sufficiency and a reverence and honoring for all that already is.

The Call to Worship is a gateway, a threshold, a liminal space that calls us into our deepest truest selves.  It calls us to let go of the defenses that armor us against the
vicissitudes  of our days and asks that we bring the vulnerabilities of our unguarded selves into presence with each other and with God.  

So when we hear that "Call" lets practice making ready our  hearts to show up in openness and participation for what we will be creating together.

"Have you ever wondered...?" 
will be a weekly column this summer where we will provide short answers to questions you may have about why we do what we do in worship.
 To submit a "wondering", please email Pastor Stacy.  

Mission Matters

Have breakfast at Wham's Cafe this summer! Sandra would love to see you.   Extraordinary Kenyan food only 25 minutes away. Smoothies, too!

Wham's Cafe is part of what we call our 1K Church local initiative.  1K Churches is an ecumenical initiative to build a base of congregations and individuals committed to discovering God's Economy and transforming our own. We began with a Bible study and discernment that helped us see new ways to connect faith with the economy, finance, and justice.  Our Bible study ended in action, with the decision to make small loans available to help small businesses that otherwise would not be able to secure the assistance they needed to thrive.  Wham's Cafe is our first partner enterprise.  
From the Church Office

Summer is here and that means...  Time to update the church directory!

So snap that picture on the beach or in the mountains, in the garden or arboretum, on your bike or in your favorite rocking chair and send it to the Aidan in the church office. 

Also if your contact information has changed within the last year, please send that along as well.   

"While the directory is helpful when you need to reach someone in the church, it can also be a wonderful prayer practice.  Open the directory and then set about praying each day for each subsequent person/household.  In this way we re-member each other and stay connected even when summer vacations and travels keep us from being physically together."  -- Pastor Stacy     

2018-2019 Stewardship Campaign

Click above to submit an online Pledge Form

I f you have any questions,  please do not hesitate to reach out to    Grant Gund co-chair of  our Stewardship Team.  

(You can also access the online 
pledge  form at .)

From the Wider Community
Climate Change -- Action and Advocacy

The push is on to get the House leadership to move a carbon pricing bill before the end of session, with the coalition focusing on 5 key house reps, one of whom, Jeffrez Sanchez, will be attending a coalition-sponsored town hall July 12 at the First Church in Jamaica Plan. 

This a great opportunity for his constituency to come out and show they want him to lead on climate change. Details in the link below, please forward to people in his district (JP, Roslindale and Mission Hill and ward 5 in Brookline).  

For a complete listing, and details of all upcoming events, please 
visit our website, 
Note : Material for inclusion in the Friday e-Blast newsletter should be e-mailed to the office at , by 9:00 a.m. on the previous Wednesday morning.