Centennial Year

Though our congregation was gathered in 1889, our current building was built in 1916. And so we're celebrating our centennial this year and have lots of special events planned. We've already had many concerts and other events, and coming up are a St. Patrick's Day Concert (actually on March 18) called "Hoolie in the Kitchen" presented by Celtic Echoes and a rededication service on the first Sunday in August (exactly 100 years after our building was originally dedicated). You're invited to all these events!

Summer Worship

For most of the year, we have a choir helping to lead the service, and our worship is dependent on the printed bulletin. As is the case every year, our choir will take the summer off, and we'll have guest soloists and musical artists from our own congregation helping to enhance our services. Though the setting will be as respectful and worshipful as ever, we will also be less dependent on the printed bulletin during the summer months. The first Sunday of each month, however, will still be a liturgical setting of the Lord's Supper.

United Church of Christ

ucc-logoThe Congregational Church of La Jolla, gathered in 1889 and incorporated in 1897, is a faith community in the seaside village of La Jolla in San Diego, California. Our branch of the Christian church is known as the Congregational Way, which we believe was followed by the [...]

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This Month

  • CCSA: A Communion Sunday Proposal

    May 2016

    Quite frankly, though I always tell myself that there are better ways to help, I don’t help nearly enough. And so, starting on May 1, I will do something to help the downtrodden each time I see a panhandler at my car window.

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Latest Sermons

First Meditation on Prayer

24 July 2016
If we only learn the language of prayer for our accustomed feelings, then what will we do when we encounter new feelings? How can we pray prayers of grief if we have never known grief? How might we approach God with anger if we’ve never dared pray about it before? Though God hears and understands our emotions even when we articulate them poorly, how much more likely are we to even try to articulate them if we already know the language of prayer that corresponds to that feeling?

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Martha’s Place, and Mary’s

17 July 2016
“If we censure Martha too harshly, she may abandon serving altogether, and if we commend Mary too profusely, she may sit there forever. There is a time to go and do; there is a time to listen and reflect. Knowing which and when is a matter of spiritual discernment. If we were to ask Jesus which example applies to us, the Samaritan or Mary, his answer would be Yes.” [Fred Craddock]

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The Good & The Bad

10 July 2016
This parable wasn’t Christ’s only answer to this question. It wasn’t even his most important one, for Christ himself was God’s answer to the same question. And for God it was an essay question. The answer began in Bethlehem and ended on Calvary, for the Incarnation was how God stooped to come to the aid of a world that had been left for dead.

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