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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
Tuesdays at 5 pm
with Lisa Dunbar, BSN, RN, Parish Nurse
Thursdays at 10:30 am
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.
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I shared in a sermon recently about my attendance at the Festival of Homiletics in Denver, CO as part of my continuing education for this year. The festival was Monday May 16 – Friday May 20. Thank you, United Church, for the resources to attend this continuing education opportunity.
Homiletics is the art of writing and preaching a sermon. Think homily. So, the Festival of Homiletics is a theological title that means preaching festival. This was the thirtieth annual festive. It was my fourth time attending and my second time attending in Denver. The festival is held in a different city each year.
Downtown Denver is a terrific setting for the festival with two downtown historical churches (Trinity United Methodist Church and Central Presbyterian Church) serving as co-hosts for the event. The churches, hotels, and restaurants are all within walking distance. And the weather was outstanding Monday through Thursday. Highs in the upper 80’s with brilliant sunshine. On Friday it snowed! I knew then it was time to come home.
The festival is designed to bring together preachers from multiple denominations and from all around to world to witness well known preachers preaching, or lecturing, or presenting workshops about this work of proclaiming God’s good news. I haven’t heard the exact attendance for this year but usually the festival has around twelve hundred people in attendance. As a sidenote, for this year, all attendees had to be able to show that they were fully vaccinated.
When attendees aren’t listening to others preach or present, we are visiting with one another, friends, and colleagues, about what we have been hearing at the festival and about the joys and challenges experienced with our work. It was great fun for me to be able to spend time with friends, fellow Eden Seminary graduates, see other preachers I know, and to meet new people as well. It truly is a fun, uplifting, and educational event. The opening worship featured Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III from Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. That was followed by an insightful lecture by Dr. Robert Wicks. Other presenters included Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber, Rev. Anna Carter Florence, Rev. Luke Powery, and a notable number of preachers and presenters.
I am enthusiastic about preaching the good news of God. I am grateful for this event reminding me over and over of the faithful importance of this heralding work.