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Sundays at 10 am
with Rev. Brady Abel Pastor, Senior Pastor
Sundays at 10:30 am
with our choir and soloists under the direction of
Alan Paulson, Minister of Music
Thursdays at 5 pm
Traditional Christmas Eve service: December 24 at 5 pm.
All are welcome.
As Christmas approaches, I find myself feeling festive this year. I admire the instore Christmas displays, I relish Christmas carols, and I reminisce about favorite Christmas memories. And yet, I got to wondering why I was feeling more Christmassy. Then it dawned on me. Last year I was dealing with the death of my brother. Two years prior, COVID impacted the Christmas holiday. The year before that, 2019, was the first Christmas after my dad died and the year before that, dad was ill at Christmas. So, it is no wonder I’m feeling festive.
Then it happened. I read a complaint online grumbling about the people who say things like, “Season’s Greetings,” and “Happy Holidays,” instead of “Merry Christmas.” And just like that, I started to feel some of the Christmas spirit slip away.
You see, it doesn’t matter to me how one person politely greets another, at Christmas or any other time. When I meet someone on the hiking trail, we might say things like, “Hi,” “Howdy,” or “How are you doing?” It is not the words; it is the thought that counts.
The same is true at Christmas. I don’t care if a person says, “Season’s Greetings,” “Happy Holidays,” “Feliz Navidad,” or “Merry Christmas.” I use all those greetings, too. It’s not the words; it is the spirit in which they are offered.
Yes, I understand that for Christians the birth of Jesus is the reason we celebrate. I also know this world needs more kindness, peacefulness, and respect, all qualities Jesus modeled for us in his life and ministry. So, if we really want to keep Christ in Christmas, then let us greet one another cheerfully in the spirit of this season when we celebrate, “good news of great joy!”
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,
United Church of Sun City, a congregation of the United Church of Christ, has the distinction of being the first church to be established in a Del Webb retirement community. Organized in 1960, United Church has been serving Sun City and the surrounding area since at the current location of 107th Avenue and Sun City Blvd.
Today, with an atmosphere of inclusion and care and with respect for diverse theological thought, the goal of United Church is to create a church family, while nurturing individual and collective spiritual development through meaningful biblically based worship, music, education, fellowship, and involvement of members and friends. United Church strives to provide wider community service, social justice, and responsible stewardship.
Senior Pastor Rev. Brady Abel, the United Church staff, and the entire congregation extend a special invitation to everyone for Sunday worship. All are welcome!
We're a lively congregation where age is a number and life is a gift.
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In short, we're a community where people come to be part of family who worship, work, and have fun together.
The United Church of Sun City was the first church established in Sun City, Arizona. We have a well-deserved reputation for excellence in programming and warmth in our welcome. But we aren't stuck in the past! We know God is still speaking, and we are still listening! Come see for yourself.