Give Thanks

Since the Congregational Way was brought to this country on the Mayflower by the Pilgrims, Thanksgiving is a special holiday in our tradition. On the Sunday before Thanksgiving each year, we celebrate the promise of peace that began with a meal shared by Europeans and indigenous Americans by singing traditional songs of the season, showing our gratitude to God and one another, and (after church) enjoying delicious pies brought by church members. Everybody's invited to share in this annual tradition!

Advent & Christmas

The four Sundays before Christmas are called the Season of Advent, when the church prepares for the birth of Christ. During 10:30 A.M. worship, we sing Advent & Christmas songs, light candles, and read Bible passages that tell us of the One who is coming to change the world. On Christmas Eve at 6:30 P.M. we celebrate Christ's birth with the sharing of the nativity narrative from Luke, the telling of Christmas stories, the singing of the light of Christ. Everybody's invited to share this blessed season with us whenever our church doors are open.

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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

  • A Prayer for October 12

    October 2015

    Forgive us when we value the discovery of a hemisphere by outsiders over the acknowledgment that millions already called these lands “home.” Forgive us that so much of what we call our own was given to us by enforcement of this doctrine of discovery. Show us the way forward as one people with many different skin colors, diverse languages, and a variety of rich cultures.

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Latest Sermons

All or Nothing

22 November 2015
We, too, live in the borderlands. Earlier I talked about how N.T. Wright said that, in our proper place—when we’re in the zone—humans are “poised between God and creation”—that is, positioned on the border between our beliefs and our reality, what we can’t see and what we can, between our spirits and our senses, our higher calling and our instincts.

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Dr Doubt & Mr Certainty

15 November 2015
To doubt requires humility, and results in the kind of love that allows the Spirit of God to be at work in the beloved in ways that doubt might not understand. And yet doubt continually seeks to understand. Doubt cannot turn its back on what it doesn’t know, cannot shout it down, or seek to destroy it, for in so doing, it might miss out on the very thing it needs for its own completion.

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My Begats

8 November 2015
And then it hit me. No two women were more amazing than my two grandmothers, both of whom when they were in their mid to late fifties, experienced devastating tragedy, and both of whom had to either give up or start all over again. Lucky for me—and for the world—they both chose the latter option.

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