While we are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic and have ceased in person worship for the time being, we are still gathering our hearts and minds for worship as a church. Each week our staff produces and emails an at-home worship packet with words, art, and music. You can find previous weeks’ worship packets here. You can email office@lajollaucc.org to request to be added to the weekly email list to receive these in your inbox.

If you have pastoral requests or concerns please email pastor@lajollaucc.org

With grace

CCLJ Staff



Hello CCLJ Family (and Friends far and wide):

We are still very much a functioning, living, breathing church. This is evidence of that. We are doing something that has never been done in the history of our church.

Below you will find a Weekly worship kit. During these weeks of at home worship we will be reflecting on what this means. Can we be significant staying at home? What does it mean to contend with illness? With an infirm world? Can we change the world from our own homes? Let’s explore these questions together by looking to the past and looking to our sacred scriptures.

Please open the at home worship guide below by clicking on it. It should open with ease. Start on page one and read through the guide.  There are four audio files that you will see below as well. Don’t listen to the audio files until the guide instructs you to. They are listed clearly as “Audio File 1,” “Audio File 2,” “Audio File 3,” and “Audio File 4.” This is to make this as simple as possible. Keep the guide open as you work through the worship guide so that you can easily access the audio files when necessary.  When instructed by the guide to listen to an audio file, simply click on the audio file that the guide instructs you to.

Also, please read all the way through the worship guide. Your staff put in an incredible amount of time in getting this together for you. There is a fun homework assignment too. We ask that you to send us a photo. This can be a selfie of you at home today, or a photo of the place you choose to worship, or a photo of something that is currently inspiring you. When we come back together we will use these photos in a special way.

With grace,

Rev. Tim Seery, Minister

Dr. Nina Gilbert, Music Director

Bronwyn Allen-Kaeser, Office Manager, Soloist



Week 50 February 21st, 2021 Lent

Dear Church,

We have arrived at the beginning of our Lenten journey! Whatever you have given up (or added) to your lives this season, I wish you success and a time of transformation.

I hope you will continue to vote in our virtual Annual Meeting. We need 20% of the congregation to participate and we aren’t quite there yet. Voting is quick and easy. If you want to see any of the financial documents, please email office@lajollaucc.org.


Also, here is this week’s vlog:

Lookout for a corresponding email from Bronwyn containing this week’s solo, some info about Nina’s musical selections featured in my video, as well as further instructions for our congregation-wide Easter music project.
Continuing to wish you all health and Lenten grace,
Rev. Tim
Dear Church!
Happy WEEK FIFTY of worship at home! Here is your latest church music email.
Nina’s piano solos are incorporated into Tim’s video this week. We’ll include their details in this email. Lullaby of Birdland appears about four minutes in, accompanying the artwork, and Clog Dance appears at about eighteen minutes, under Tim’s Presidents Day segment.
Bronwyn’s solo is a replay of “Morning Has Broken” that she sang for Week 23, August 16.
Home Percussion Update: people have been sending marvelous sounds—some musical, some meaningful. Please continue to send recordings! We’re re-attaching Nina’s instruction sheet, plus an audio file that gives a small idea of how we’ll be combining these sounds.
Nina and Bronwyn
PERFORMANCE NOTE – February 21, 2021
Bronwyn Allen-Kaeser, office manager and soprano
Nina Gilbert, music director and pianist
Morning Has Broken
Words by Eleanor Farjeon, music traditional Scottish, arr. Yusuf/Cat Stevens
This traditional Scottish tune acquired Christmas words (“Child in a manger, infant of Mary,” by Mary MacDonald) in the 19th century. In 1931, poet Eleanor Farjeon (also represented in our hymnal by the Advent carol People Look East) was commissioned to write new words for use year-round. Yusuf/Cat Stevens (as he currently prefers to be called) recorded his version in 1971.
Lullaby of Birdland
Music by George Shearing (1919-2011), arr. Brent Edstrom
Composed as a signature tune for the iconic jazz club Birdland in 1952.
Clog Dance
Howard Hanson (1896-1981) won a Pulitzer Prize for his fourth symphony, and directed the Eastman School of Music for forty years. His 1922 Clog Dance is typical of his midwestern-Americana style.





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