United Church of Sun City
11250 N. 107th Ave., Ste. 105
Sun City, AZ 85351
Web site: www.uccsc.com
Facebook: United Church of Sun City
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
Coffee Hour 11:00 a.m.
Communion - 1st Sunday of each month
Healing Service - 3rd Sunday of each Month
at 11:15 a.m. in Grace Chapel
Bible Study - 11:00 a.m.
in Grace Chapel
The Pastor's Post
On Sunday January 25, the United Church Players (if you didn’t know there was a group called the United Church Players, that’s OK, there wasn’t until Sunday January 25th. Keep an eye out, you will probably see them again) presented the story of Jonah during worship.
In a nutshell, the story of Jonah is about the strange experiences that take place between the prophet Jonah and God as God called Jonah to preach in the foreign city of Nineveh. Instead of obeying God, Jonah embarked on a ship sailing away from Nineveh. When a storm arose, Jonah was thrown overboard and was swallowed by “a great fish.” Delivered from the fish, Jonah did finally preach in Nineveh. When everyone and everything in that city repented, the Lord showed mercy to the city. But Jonah was angry and pouted over the fact that God cared for a city that had been filled with sin.
At the conclusion of the presentation, I lifted up some questions that Jonah offers; questions worth pondering.
- How is God trying to get your attention today?
- Are you listening or running away from God’s call?
- What is your Nineveh?
- In what ways does God’s forgiving nature irate you?
The season of Lent begins in less than three weeks. During Lent we are to be more intentional about reflecting on our relationship with God. These questions from Jonah can help with that examination.
If you haven’t, take a look at Jonah. See what other questions you find that might guide you with your faithful introspection. The story is only four chapters long and it is rich with meaning and laced with humor, as the United Church players so appropriately portrayed.
Speaking of the United Church Players, I want to thank Pastor Susan Aurich, Ginni Summers, Beverly Fletcher, and Jason McDonald for enthusiastically joining with me in presenting Jonah and Rev. Len Silvester (Church of the Palms, UCC, Sun City – Retired) for writing the script. Curtain.