The Union Church in Waban                
Friday, June 29, 2018
From the Wider Community 

Pastors Stacy is away this weekend. If you have an urgent pastoral need during this time, please call Senior Deacon Jim MacDonald at 508-395-0431 or Pastor Amy at 617-938-8112. 

July Summer Services 

Starting on July 8, 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 ...
how we decide what Scripture 
will be read each Sunday?

At the Union Church in Waban, the Scripture Passages that are read during worship most often come from a pre-selected collection of readings called the Lectionary. 

There are two lectionary sources that we most often use: 1) the Revised Common Lectionary, and 2) the Narrative Lectionary. 

The Revised Common Lectionary which is a three-year cycle of weekly readings used by the vast majority of mainline Protestant churches in Canada and the United States. The years are referred to as Year A, B and C. The years begin on the first Sunday in Advent and run through the last Sunday of the liturgical year. The Gospel readings for each year come from one of the synoptic gospels according to the following pattern: Year A - Matthew; Year B - Mark; Year C - Luke with readings from the Gospel of John throughout the year. We are currently in Year B and for this reason most of our Gospel passages this spring have come from the Gospel of Mark.

The Narrative Lectionary is a four-year cycle of readings. On the Sundays from September through May each year the texts follow the sweep of the biblical story, from Creation through the early Christian church.
The texts show the breadth and variety of voices within Scripture. They invite people to hear the stories of Abraham and Sarah, Moses and the prophets, Jesus, and Paul. Listening to the many different voices within Scripture enriches preaching and the life of faith. The texts include the major episodes in Scripture. They are arranged in a narrative sequence to help people see Scripture as a story that has coherence and a dynamic movement:
  • From September to mid-December the preaching texts begin with the early chapters of Genesis, move through the stories of Israel's early history, the exodus, the kings, prophets, exile and return.
  • From Christmas to Easter there is sustained reading of one of the four gospels
  • From Easter to Pentecost the texts are chosen from Acts and Paul's letters.
While utilizing either the Revised Common Lectionary or the Narrative Lectionary provides guidance and thematic unity for the readings, preachers at The Union Church in Waban also have the discretion to choose Scripture that is not from either lectionary.

For a link to frequently asked questions about the Revised Common Lectionary please go here and to see the selected readings for Year B, please go here.

For a link to frequently asked questions about the Narrative Lectionary, please go here and for a list of readings for 2018/2019, please go here.
"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

City Mission: A Lift Up Program  

Union Church celebrates the graduating Moms of  City Mission: A Lift Up Program  with surprise gifts to help them feel special today. 

UCW Gifts to City Mission Lift Up Program
A Lift Up is an intensive two-year homelessness prevention program for families at risk of losing their housing. Our partners from City Mission, June Cooper and Kathy Lopez, joined us at Union Church this spring to educate us about this unique model of family support. Our own Claire Slack is an intern at City Mission this summer!

Faith and Fellowship

(not pictured: Jim MacDonald and Jean Wellington)

This past Wednesday Lunch bunch enjoyed the seeing pictures from Jim and Judy MacDonald and Jean Wellington's spring trip to the Netherlands!  

Mark your Calendars :  
Next Lunch Bunch,
July 18, 12 - 1:30.  

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 .)

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.  

Happy Fourth of July!

Please note :  
The Church Office will be closed on Wednesday, July 4