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We are an open and affirming congregation that welcomes and embraces persons of every gender, race, nationality, sexual orientation, age and ability. We invite you to join in the life and ministry of our church.


Worship This Sunday

Please join us at 9 and 11 am as we continue a Sermon Series on 1st Corinthians

This Sunday, April 26th, at 9 or 11 am we will continue to listen to Paul's letter to the church in Corinth.   Pastor Wes will preach on 1 Corinithans 3:1-9. All are welcome here: whoever you are and wherever you are on life's journey.  


Bible Study

The Bible Study table is always open.  We meet on Wednesday mornings from 11 am to noon in Fellowship Hall.  Hope to see you there!

April 15   Chapters 1-2 
April 22   Chapters 3-5 
April 29   Chapters 6-8 
May 6      Chapters 9-11 
May 13     Chapters 12-13   
May 20    Chapter 14-16  

Please know that all chapters are tentative, we try to stay open to the Holy Spirit...sometimes lingering over a verse or chapter longer than the above schedule.  See Pastor Wes for the exact chapter each week.

Hope you will join in the conversation.  You are always welcome.


Grace Traces

Thursday, April 23

Being the Church Today: Words


When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. 2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3 And I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. 4 My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.  

1 Corinthians 2:1-5


I spend a lot of my time dwelling with words.  I listen to words of other preachers.  I read words.  I exchange words with my family, with church members.  I compose sermons and -ahem- blog posts. Words, words, words.  Yet, this is just a fraction of words we swim in each day.  There is a tidal wave of words that wash over us every day and trying to make sense of those words, plus our own reactions, takes a lot of energy.  Even though we talk about a still speaking God, how in the world would God get a word in edgewise in this world? ......Read More


Contact Information

First Congregational United Church of Christ
1031 S. Euclid Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34237
Phone: (941) 953-7044 or (941) 365-4463
Fax: (941) 952-5245

Email: uccsarasota@aol.com

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