Current Worship Series
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Worship In-Person
916 Western Avenue
New Covenant Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall

On-Line

Facebook Live Stream  https://www.facebook.com/JourneyUCCNY/
 

“June Fun & Festivals”

June 5~Pentecost/Confirmation/Communion                                

Acts 2:1-12  The Spirit is poured out on the day of Pentecost

Celebrate the Spirit:  Be Filled!

 

June 12~PRIDE Sunday

Acts 10:1-23  Peter’s Vision Leads Him to Build a Bigger Table

“Building a Bigger Table”

 

June 19~Juneteenth

Galatians 3:26-29 There is Neither Jew Nor Greek….

A Celebration of Diversity

Summer Worship Series

God in the Movies

June 26           God in the Movies:  CODA
CODA is an acronym for Child Of Deaf Adults

Ruby is the only hearing member of a deaf family from Gloucester, Massachusetts. At 17, she works mornings before school to help her parents and brother keep their fishing business afloat. But in joining her high school’s choir club, Ruby finds herself drawn to both her duet partner and her latent passion for singing.  The award-winning film invites us to look at our own views towards disabilities and acceptance in our faith families. 

 

July 3            God in the Movies:  Tick Tick Boom                            Communion

TICK, TICK. . . BOOM! follows the playwright Jonathan Larson as he tries to break into Broadway. Jonathan has a musical that he’s he has been writing for years. His passion is to get it made into a Broadway show. When he’s offered to do a workshop for the show, where producers and agents can come see the show played out, he’s excited. The one problem is he must still write the most important song in the entire show, the lead character’s song. Will Jonathan be able to accomplish this with the deadline he has and be able to get this show produced for Broadway?  What does it mean for us to follow out dreams and use our God-given gifts?

 

July 10          God in the Movies:  Don’t Look Up                  Henry Hudson Park

 Don't Look Up is a disaster movie satire.  In making the story about something that's unlikely to happen -- a comet hurtling to Earth that will wipe out humanity -- it has the freedom to cleverly mock many people's skeptical reaction to actual scientific revelations with major implications for our planet and environment. What does it tell us about creation care and our role in protecting our environment.

 

July 17          God in the Movies:  Belfast

BELFAST is a beautifully crafted drama about the lives of a young boy, Buddy, and his Protestant family in the Northern Ireland town during the Fall and Christmas of 1969. It’s a time of social upheaval when tensions between Protestants and Catholics break out into violence. Buddy’s father and mother argue about moving the family to England, where the father has a possible permanent job and house arranged for them.  The film invites us to consider what it means for us to “do the right thing” in the midst of tension.

 

July 24          God in the Movies:  Encanto

“Happy families are all alike,” Leo Tolstoy once wrote. “Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”  The Madrigal family might want to have a word with ol’ Leo. The Madrigal family is, with all due respect to Tolstoy, unlike any you’ve ever seen. And yet the dynamics in play can feel very familiar—even universal. Our own brothers and sisters may not cause flowers to sprout at a touch (like Isabela); but we can still feel the hopeless pressure of trying to live up to a gifted sibling’s example. We may not be able to hoist pianos on our shoulders (like Luisa), but sometimes we can feel the weight of responsibility there—trying like crazy to carry what we’ve been given and feeling with every step that we just might fail. We know folks like Aunt Pepe, whose every mood is reflected in her being. We know folks like Camilo, who seem to morph into someone else for any social situation. The Madrigal family is, magic or no, a lot like mine. And probably yours, too. And therein lies the movie’s power: This isn’t so much the story of a magical family as it’s about the “magic” found in family itself—how wonderful, and how difficult, our closest kin can be. It’s about community, too. The movie reminds us, as the Bible does, that we’re all designed to be part of a bigger picture. Yes, we’re called to use our gifts to help others, but there’s no sin or weakness in asking for a little help when we need it, too. It reminds us that even our talents can trap us, not free us—that we can become the sum of what we do. But that’s not how God looks at us, and not how we should look at ourselves.

 

July 31          Guest Preacher:  Rev. John Mabry                    

                     

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Online Study Group
Understanding the Mystics 
An Online Class with 
Rev. John Mabry

(1st Tuesday of Every Month via Zoom)
For many people, the word mysticism conjures up occult, secretive rituals held after midnight in some dark cave. But true mysticism isn’t at all sinister or secretive, says author John Mabry, an Anglican-rite Congregational minister. In fact, mysticism is at the heart of an authentic Christian life. It is nothing more and nothing less than the pursuit-and enjoyment-of union with God, which is the goal of all Christian spirituality. Christian mysticism is the discipline of growing the soul into God—shedding illusory identities, deepening prayer, seeing God in all things, and acting as Christ in the world.

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About Our New Location 
916 Western Avenue
Albany NY 12203

Journey is located at 916 Western Avenue.  We worship in the Fellowship Hall of New Covenant Presbyterian Church.  There's plenty of parking in the rear of the building. Please use the rear entrance. There are accessible parking spots on Daytona Avenue; park and follow the sidewalk to enter via the patio.  

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Children and Worship

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During worship we have a special time for children.  Children of all ages are welcome to share in an interactive telling of a story.  We even give you ideas to follow up when you get home.  #WorshipTogether #PlayTogether #GrowTogether.