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We use Zoom which is accessible by computer, cell phone app, or dialing in by phone. 

Sundays 10-11 AM by Zoom Meeting.
Zoom Meeting Link:  https://zoom.us/j/716026467
Meeting ID: 716 026 467
Dial in by phone 1-669-900-9128
Dial in by phone: 1-346-248-7799

(Pastor Laurie preaching, unless otherwise noted)

If you can’t join us live for worship, don’t worry! You can watch later as all the services will be recorded and posted online.  Find them here.

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All Sunday Worship Services at 10 AM at the same Zoom Meeting link.

Pastor Laurie preaching unless otherwise noted  (at the above zoom link unless stated otherwise)

March Themes – Lent, Women’s History Month

Sunday, March 7 – 3rd Sunday in Lent – Day by day, we are shown the way
John 2:13-22  1 Corinthians 1:18-25
According to John, Jesus begins his ministry by showing more than telling. In the temple, Jesus disrupts and overturns the systems of corruption and profiteering taking place, but ultimately points us to the promise of restoration. Paul reminds the Corinthians (and us) that God’s wisdom is more expansive than we can imagine. We are shown the way, even if God’s “way” feels foolish, counter-cultural, disruptive, or uncomfortable

Sunday, March 14 – 4th Sunday in Lent – Day by day, God loves first
John 3:14-21 | Ephesians 2:1-10
After inviting Nicodemus to be born anew, Jesus tells him in John 3 that God so loved the world that God sent his son to restore it. Therefore, when we read John 3:16, we remember that Jesus is speaking in metaphor and poetry. Ultimately, love is where God begins and ends. This love, like grace, is a gift we do nothing to deserve. Day by day, love is our refrain. Before we act, think, or believe, can love be first for us too?

Sunday, March 21 – 5th Sunday in Lent – Day by day, we are reformed
John 12:20-33 | Jeremiah 31:31-34
We desire for God to write on our hearts so that God’s law can re-shape and re-form us from the inside out. Reformation is a journey of letting the old fall away for something new to emerge, of returning to God’s words over and over, of being drawn into the heart of God. This is the process of justification and sanctification; transformation must be internal and communal.

Sunday, March 28 – 6th  Sunday in Lent – Day by day, we draw upon courage
John 12:1-19²
On Palm Passion Sunday, we remember that Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem was not a risk-free, palm party. It was a protest parade—a protest against those in power, a parade to prepare the way for a different kind of king. And this was all happening with plots to kill Lazarus (and Jesus) building in the background. We’re reminded that the crowds were brave to show up that day, and that Jesus drew on courage to face his journey to the cross. The root of courage is cour, meaning “heart.” Courage is deep within us; we often find it when we most need it, when everything else has been stripped away.

Coming up in April – Lent, Easter

Thursday, April 1   – Maundy Thursday – Day by day, we are drawn together
 John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Foot washing is a practice of radical vulnerability, of being seen and known. Jesus loved the disciples “to the end.” In this act, we remember that God holds all of our pain, vulnerability, doubts, and sufferings. As we venture toward the cross, we can lean into God’s everlasting arms, knowing we are held.

Friday, April 2 – 6:45AM Good Friday Passover Vigil in Livermore (Nancy Taylor)

Friday, April 2 – 7PM Good Friday Service with Gabrielle & Pastor Laurie
Day by day, we find ourselves here
 John 19:1-30
Day by day, we find ourselves at the foot of the cross, at the pit of despair, in the face of death, in the grip of state-sanctioned violence. “Here” is an emotional place. “Here” is grief. “Here” is the reality of sin and brokenness. On Good Friday, we are called to sit in the silence of death, knowing that God is here.

Sunday, April 4 – Easter Sunday – Day by day, the sun rises
 Mark 16:1-8
According to Mark, on the first day of the week, the women rise with the sun and buy spices to anoint Jesus’ body. They are shocked to find the tomb empty, and leave in fear and terror. Mark’s resurrection story is less triumphant than the other Gospel testimonies (as scholars believe the rest of Mark’s gospel was a later addition). Mark’s version, reminds us that Easter comes to us, day by day, even if we don’t know what to make of God’s resurrection ways. Day by day, the sun rises. And some days, that is enough.

Sunday, April 25 – Earth Day service (w/green team)

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Find  Zoom links to all virtual gatherings in this post.

Here’s our protocol for coping with the pandemic.

If you are seeking…

  • a church that is guided by the teachings of Jesus in an open-minded and progressive way
  • a way to work for justice and peace, both locally and globally
  • a beautiful, inspiring, natural setting
  • a diverse, inclusive, multi-racial, open and affirming community
  • inspiring preaching and music
  • a community where God’s love knows no bounds, where all are welcome, young, old, rich, poor, different colors and sexual orientation
  • a nurturing faith community that supports families, one where your children can learn that God loves them
Then Skyline UCC is a true place for you.

Sunday Mornings at Skyline:

Children’s programs from 10-11 AM,  ages 3 through Grade 6 

Choir: all are welcome to take part in the joy of singing! Sundays at 8:30 am