Month: December 2019

December 29 Post-Christmas Worship

Watch the entire worship service here: https://www.facebook.com/upcsterling/videos/580760346037357/ On 5th Sundays we have family worship designed to engage all ages.  Since it was the Sunday after Christmas, we invited everyone to feel free to be casual, even in pajamas if they wanted, and some did.  Here's our worship outline from that day. I will recount the ...

God’s Love Story

Watch the entire service here including our flash pageant! Read Luke 2:1-20 here. When we tell the story we just enacted, we are talking about incarnation. A big word and a big concept.  What does it mean? In-carnation doesn’t mean these flowers.  Let’s say you go to Disneyland and you want some ice cream, and ...

Christmas Eve Worship 2019

Watch the entire service on Facebook here. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. – Luke 2:11 PRELUDE WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS *CALL TO WORSHIP (Isaiah 9:2,6) Pastor Melissa We gather together to hear once more a story that is both ancient and current, ...

Magnifying Joy

Our text for Sunday is Mary's song of joy. It's called the Magnificat because that's the first word in Latin. Mary says, "Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed" (Luke 1:48), and her song has been sung for generations. The Magnificat even has its own Wikipedia page. What song(s) do you like best for expressing your joy?

Making Apple Pie

John the Baptist says, "Prepare ye the way of the Lord!" But nobody was putting up Christmas trees or stringing lights after he said it. Were they at least making apple pie?

What Are We Waiting For?

Why on the first Sunday of Advent are we talking about the end of the world?