Upcoming Worship

In the coming weeks, our worship services and sermons will address several edifying themes, including..

  • November 26: Communion Sunday
  • December 3: Service of Lessons and Carols

You're sincerely invited to come grow with us spiritually.

After Church

Each Sunday after church, most people stick around for refreshments and fellowship in our social hall and on the patio. There's always coffee and tea, but the snacks vary. Sometimes it's sweets, sometimes it's something healthy, sometimes it's elaborate, sometimes it's simple. It all depends on who volunteered to host. The one exception is when a month has five Sundays: the fifth Sunday is always a potluck meal. Though members are encouraged to bring a dish to share, there's always more than enough food to go around. So if you happen to visit on a fifth Sunday, please know that lunch on us!

Daily Devotions

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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Latest Sermons

Second Chances

12 March 2017

UCC La Jolla – The Rev. Bear Ride

When I was a freshman at UCLA I had a free hour at lunchtime in between classes – so I’d sit in the quad in front of the speakers’ forum on Bruin Walk and listen to the lineup of rather oddball speakers – ranging from political revolutionaries to fundamentalist preachers.  One afternoon I ate my peanut butter sandwich to a fire & brimstone preacher who was warning his little flock that there was a very good chance that we’d all end up in hell.  He must have noticed that I was listening – for when he said his final amen, he rushed up to me and stuck his fat little finger in my face and said “are you saved?” Read more

Identity Theft

5 March 2017

UCC La Jolla – The Rev. Bear Ride

  A very Blessed first Sunday in the Season of Lent to you all.  We’re in purple now – suggesting repentance and solemnity.   Lent is that time in our Church year that begins the long journey to the Cross – a journey we must take if we are to have a true Easter.

There are six Sundays in Lent – around 40 days of sincere and disciplined self-reflection.  The word itself – Lent – is a little mysterious in its origin, but it appears to come from Old English and Old German meaning “lengthening” noting that the days are getting longer… 

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19 February 2017 

UCC La Jolla – The Rev. Bear Ride

We’re closing in on the final weeks of the Season of the Epiphany – our time in the Church year in which we give special attention to the appearance or manifestation of Jesus … and specifically to his teachings from the Sermon on the Mount.  So — as we move on through this season towards the next – the Season of Lent  – why now does our lectionary take a detour to … Moses?

             An excellent question!  Moses was the father of the Law which established the manner of life of the Hebrew people.  Jesus reflected on this (his own heritage) by saying: Read more