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Unity 2021

This Sunday is one of my favorites. Visioning Sunday. Each year Unity sets one Sunday aside for prayer and discernment. The central questions:  What is God’s will for Unity in the upcoming year? What is God’s vision for this church in 2021? This is our chance to pause, reflect, and dream. Pause from the busyness...

The Final Characteristic

Unity is a community of people who… Seek Justice “Learn to do right, seek justice, correct the oppressor, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.” -Isaiah 1:17 We have arrived at the final characteristic of Unity Presbyterian Church. Unity is a community of people who seek justice in the world. Justice is the work of...

Be Known By Love

Unity is a community of people who seek to… Be Known By Love This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. -John 13:35 It is the night that Jesus is arrested. He shares the passover meal for the last time with his close friends, the...

Embrace the Mystery

Unity is a community of people who seek to… Embrace The Mystery The mystery is that Christ lives in you, and he is your hope of sharing in God’s glory. -Colossians 1:27 I love a good mystery. I thoroughly enjoy reading mystery novels because they keep you guessing. The novel twists and turns as the...

Continue Jesus’ Work

Unity is a community of people who seek to… Continue Jesus’ Work God did this to equip all God’s people for the work of Christian service, in order to build up the church, the body of Christ. -Ephesians 4:12 When you want to pick up a pencil, how do you do it? That probably sounds...

Week 2: Matthew 24:14

Unity is a community of people who seek to… Transform the World The Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it… -Matthew 24:14 What is the difference between a thriving church and a dying church? In Tampa I chaired a committee that met with churches...

Week 1: Ephesians 3:20

Unity is a community of people who seek to… Dream Big All glory to God, who is able, through God’s mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or imagine. -Ephesians 3:20 Over the next six weeks we will be exploring the six characteristics of Unity Presbyterian Church. Today we...

Purpose: Our Reason for Being

If I asked you to describe Unity Presbyterian Church, what kind of words would you use? I bet I can guess a couple of them. Warm. Friendly. Supportive Community. I recently asked the session and staff of Unity to dig a bit deeper. I did not want them to simply describe Unity, I wanted them...

A Lament

The book of Psalms is the largest book in the Bible. It is comprised of 150 songs (“psalms”), poems, and artistic musings toward God. In one interesting study, researchers examined the book and attempted to assign a theme to each psalm. They found that of all the psalms, 60% included themes of praise and 40% included...

The Story of Daniel

“Daniel is a story of kingdoms: human kingdoms that rise and fall, and God’s kingdom, which rises and remains.” -Paul R. House You are invited to join a new Bible study that is beginning today: the study of the book of Daniel! Each Tuesday at 4 pm we will study Daniel via Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/691556581....

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