Penticton United Church Blog

Advent Calendar

As we head into the holiday season and navigate new gathering restrictions, now is a time, if ever, to engage in traditions that bring us comfort. One of the things I enjoy during advent is an advent calendar. There is much anticipation and joy in opening a new window each day as we move towardContinue reading “Advent Calendar”


A favourite moment at Worship on Sundays is to see everyone’s faces come up on the screen. Here is Ruby watching our online Service. Hi Ruby!

Anti-Racism Resources

10 Steps to Non-Optical Allyship – Click HERE A comprehensive list of anti-racism resources – Click HERE Anti-racism for Kids 101 – Starting to talk about Race – Click HERE Interview with Rev. Anthony Bailey, Minister with the United Church of Canada – Click HERE Wilbur Howard and the White Church (The first black moderatorContinue reading “Anti-Racism Resources”

PUC Worship Service ~ Third Sunday of Easter, April 19, 2020

Welcome The Christ Candle is Lit Land Acknowledgement We acknowledge these lands upon which we worship, as the ancestral, traditional and unceded lands of the Syilx (Say-elks) / Okanagan First Nations. Together with Indigenous peoples we desire a different relationship based on respect and right relations. As Earth Day was this week, we also acknowledgeContinue reading “PUC Worship Service ~ Third Sunday of Easter, April 19, 2020”

Signs of Spring

Signs of Spring – pictures from the congregation of signs of spring. Accompanied by Doug Stark playing Joy Comes With the Dawn.

Easter Sunrise Service, April 12, 7:30 am

We gather in silence as the sun rises in the skyThe silence is broken by the sounding of the Tibetan prayer bowl. WelcomeLet us take a moment to centre ourselves as we prepare for worship. Poem: “Saturday Silence”On Saturday,the shadows shift and fly.Thewholelongdaythe air trembles,thick with silence,until, finally,the footsteps are heard,and the noiseof the voice ofContinue reading “Easter Sunrise Service, April 12, 7:30 am”

Good Friday, April 10, 2020

Good Friday April 10, 2020Peachland United Church and Penticton United Church Welcome, Announce Service Outline Candle Lighting  Gathering Hymn VU 148 Jesus Remember Me (1 verse repeated 2x) Gathering Prayer All-Vulnerable God,you give yourself utterly and never withhold.Remind us that we have no needto achieve what has already beentotally given.Oh, how you suffer and pay the pricefor thisContinue reading “Good Friday, April 10, 2020”

Church Chat April 3, 2020

Palm Sunday This Sunday is Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week as we lead up to Good Friday and Easter Sunday.        Sunday Worship: We are currently gathering for online Services on Sundays at 10 am. This can be accessed on the Worship page of the church website. Services will be recorded and postedContinue reading “Church Chat April 3, 2020”

Fifth Sunday in Lent, March 29, 2020

Scripture SentencesFor in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell. (Colossians 1:19) Opening PrayerOne:   God who is our rock and our stronghold, All:     gathers us to worship today.One:   Jesus, who is our teacher and guide,All:     calls us to pay attention and pray.One:   The Holy Spirit, who is our comforter,All:     calls us to be in loving community with each other.One:   Come,Continue reading “Fifth Sunday in Lent, March 29, 2020”

“Getting our Attention”May 5, 2019 – Easter 3 – Year C

“Getting our Attention” May 5, 2019 – Easter 3 – Year C             Are you able to hear Jesus asking each of us, “Do you love me?” Rabbi Moshe-Leib tells the following story.  “What is love?  I feel I ought to tell the truth and confess that I learned its meaning from 2 drunkards.  Yes,Continue reading ““Getting our Attention”May 5, 2019 – Easter 3 – Year C”

“The Funeral that Wouldn’t Be”April 21, 2019 – Easter Sunday – Year C

“The Funeral that Wouldn’t Be” April 21, 2019 – Easter Sunday – Year C   On Good Friday many of us stood at the foot of the cross and tearfully watched Jesus be crucified.  It was a time of pain and sorrow.  We felt helpless.  There, on a plain wooden cross hung our Redeemer.  AndContinue reading ““The Funeral that Wouldn’t Be”April 21, 2019 – Easter Sunday – Year C”

“I Will Adore Christ’s Sacred Name”Good Friday – April 19, 2019 – Year C

“I Will Adore Christ’s Sacred Name” Good Friday – April 19, 2019 – Year C   Will you adore Christ’s sacred name? George Macleod writes, “I simply argue that the cross should be raised at the centre of the market-place as well as on the steeple of the church.  I am recovering the claim thatContinue reading ““I Will Adore Christ’s Sacred Name”Good Friday – April 19, 2019 – Year C”

“Hail!  O King!”April 14, 2019 – Palm Sunday – Year C

“Hail!  O King!” April 14, 2019 – Palm Sunday – Year C   The quintessential Palm Sunday word, as far as I am concerned, is Hosanna, and a palm branch is an absolutely necessary symbol.  Yet, alone among the 4 evangelists, Luke says nothing about Hosannas or branches, palm or otherwise, on this fateful dayContinue reading ““Hail!  O King!”April 14, 2019 – Palm Sunday – Year C”

“Second and Third Chances”March 24, 2019 – Lent 3 – Year C   

“Second and Third Chances” March 24, 2019 – Lent 3 – Year C      Have you ever noticed basketball enthusiasts who practice their ball handling skills by bouncing the ball?  But it isn’t just any ordinary kind of dribbling.  They’d walk a ways, bouncing, and then they’d quickly pivot.  Then they’d run in the otherContinue reading ““Second and Third Chances”March 24, 2019 – Lent 3 – Year C   “


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