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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
Tuesdays at 5 pm
with Lisa Dunbar, BSN, RN, Parish Nurse
Thursdays at 5 pm
While on vacation in August, my mom and I took Amtrak from our hometown in Southwest Iowa to the Chicago area to see my oldest nephew, his wife, and daughter. It was an enjoyable visit with them and a delightful trip on the train.
If you have traveled by train, you know the joy of relaxing as the countryside rolls by, seeing the sights of cities and small towns, and watching as other trains go back and forth beside you.
You also know when traveling by train that you need to pack your patience. Amtrack moves at its own pace and that very seldom matches the published schedule. We were fortunate in that our train going to Chicago was only two hours behind schedule and didn’t lose any more time. The return trip was about forty-five minutes behind schedule starting out and then gained a few minutes along the way. After getting back from the excursion, I joined the California Zephyr Facebook group to share some of my pictures. As I got to reading comments posted in the group, I was amazed at how easily the comments fell into two distinct groups. There were those that highlighted the positives of their train travel experience—friendly employees, tasty food, and comfortable seats—we had all those experiences. Then there were those whose comments were, well, let’s say, not so positive.
This got me thinking more about the importance of having a positive outlook. In the 21st century, it seems to me that people feel entitled, and even obligated, to offer up their opinions on any subject at any time. With all the social media applications available, I suppose this is inevitable. But if people are going to share, why not share positive thoughts? What is the good in being so negative?
How about you? Would you say you are more naturally positive or negative? When you think of our record-breaking summer, what are the first thoughts that come to mind? When you think of a public figure that you don’t view in a favorable way, what is something positive you might say about them? When you describe a restaurant to someone else, do you first mention the good points of your visit or what you didn’t like?
Scripture provides plenty of examples about the importance of being positive. Psalm 118:24 always comes to mind: “This is the day the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:34, NRSV). It doesn’t provide exceptions. It simply says to rejoice and be glad.
So, here’s to positivity. It doesn’t take much effort, it feels good, and it makes a strong impression. Try it any chance you get and especially on your next train ride.
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.