No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here at University Congregational United Church of Christ. Young, old, sure of your path, or still searching — we invite you to join us in imagining love and justice – as Jesus did – and acting to change the world. We strive to walk in the path of Jesus, and to offer an authentic welcome to everyone who walks through our door. We invite visitors to wear a name-tag from the pew register folder so we may more easily greet you by name.

Our worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour and 15 minutes. More information here.

Children are an important part of our community, and are welcome for all or part or the service. You will be met at the door with a warm handshake and welcome, and our friendly greeters can help direct you and answer your questions.

Wear clothes that you are comfortable in and sit on the main floor or in the balcony - wherever you feel most at ease. We look forward to welcoming you.

UCUCC Parking Map

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Parking can be a challenge in the University District! Persistence, patience and an early start are keys to success.

UW has free parking on Sundays. Enter the main campus gate at NE 45th and 17th Ave NE and turn left past the toll booth. It's about a three-block walk to the church. The UW Meany Garage at 15th Ave. NE and NE 41st St. is a five-block walk.

The church also owns three parking lots - Lot A is across the street from the church on 16th Ave. E. Lot B is beneath Sortun Court, just north of the church on the east side of 16th Ave. E. (It closes at 2 p.m.) Lot C (for those with difficulty walking, young children and visitors) is at the corner of 15th NE and NE 45th St., next to the church.

If you need to be assured of a close parking spot, you can call the church office before noon on Friday to reserve one: 206-524-2322.

We offer a complimentary "inquirers Lunch" on the second Sunday of the month for people interested in learning more about us. It is an informal session over soup, salad and dessert where you can meet others who may be on a similar spiritual journey and learn how to plug into this church community from long-term members and clergy.

We'll explore topics from history, to theology, to membership. To RSVP, or let us know about special needs (Including childcare or food sensitivities) email us at gro.ccuytisrevinu@sreriuqni or call 206-979-7539.

We are an inter-generational church and strive to be family-friendly, with an active ministry for children and youth. All ages are welcome in worship. We also offer nursery and child-care, Younger children begin the service with us and usually leave after about 15 minutes. Older children have the option of leaving for a special sermon time. Junior high and high school youth meet at 9 am and then often sit together in worship. Give us a call at 206-524-2322 for more specifics.

Hearing Impaired: Our sanctuary has an induction loop system that uses the T-Coil mode of your hearing aids. You can get the necessary equipment just before entering the Sanctuary on the right or ask any usher.

Visually Impaired: We offer each Sunday's program in large print for easier readability.

Wheelchair Access: The front entry is wheelchair accessible as are the rest rooms. Please don't hesitate to ask for assistance.

How still and peaceful is the grave 

In which we all must lie:

For though we thoughtless here walk on

We all know we must die.

 

Where would I EVER be reading stuff like that? On Scottish gravestones of course—the back of gravestones to be exact. I was walking in Howff cemetery in Dundee on Wednesday and was surprised to find that there was writing on the back of many of the stones. The engravings seem to fall into three categories: Cautionary, Comforting, Confusing or a blend.

I’ve transcribed them exactly as they appear on the gravestones which makes think commas, periods and especially question marks must have cost extra.

Cautionary

Remember man as you pass by,

As you are now So once was I

As I am now So must you be

Remember man that you must Die.

There were several of these with the main thought being, “Don’t be so smug, sucker, you’ll end up here too.”

Improve the present hour

And unto Jesus fly,

Another day you may not have

Remember all must die.

This one I interpret to mean, “Get right with Jesus now because you could croak any minute. Don’t forget that you will at some point.”

Death spreads like winter’s frozen arms

And beauty smiles no more.

And where are now those rising charms

Which pleased our eyes before.

“Remember those ‘rising charms’? Where are they now, pal? Huh, huh?”

Comforting

Why do we morn departing ____

Or shake at death alarms.

Tis but the voice that Jesus sends

To call them to His arms.

“Hey! Why are you all upset? That wasn’t pneumonia but the voice of Jesus! I’m in His arms now so it’s all good.”

I am not lost but gone before.

“No worries! I’ve just gone ahead.” This person will be there to greet me, show me around, introduce me. How nice. It’s also slightly cautionary since it implies “gone before YOU,” and that you’ll be coming too

Through stormy seas of trouble past,

I’ve found a peaceful Shore:

From tempests Safe, I’m now at last,

And leave my port no more.

“Enough with all that dangerous sailing around in stormy waters! I’m on shore now and I’m not going anywhere.” 

Afflictions sore and so severe

Physictions were in vain

Till God did please

To give them ease.

And free them of their pain.

Honestly, it says, “physictions” which I take to mean doctors, medicine, etc. I think this is something many of us can relate to: “Enough with the treatment already. Please let me go.” A case for Death with Dignity.

Light is the mould upon my breast

No sound disturbs my peaceful rest

No friends I mourn no cures I have

No pains no sorrow in the grave.

I must admit the image that comes to mind is a body in a casket with just some light “mould” on it. No real decomposing going on there. Also no mourning, pain or sorrow—just rest. .

(True fact: I Googled the first line of this because I thought perhaps it was Samuel Colerididge. Google gave me: “Environmental triggers for breast cancer. Indoor mold, toxigenic Fungi and Stachybotrys.”)

Confusing

Good God. on what a slender

thread or on what a moment

of time hang everlasting

things,

Yes, there was a comma after this. I looked around in vain for another clause but then decided the thought was complete without it. Maybe, like God, this person is still speaking. Perhaps it is not so much confusing as thought provoking. Same with this next one:

Reader: How important

The interests of Eternity.

 This appears on two gravestones but on the first one the “impor” was broken off. So I stood wondering if the interests of Eternity were “constant” or “instant” or “blatant.” So relieved to find this quote intact.

Blend

The grave dissolves each social tie

And tells us too that we must die.

And then corruption see:–

Happy they are whose hopes do rise

High as the honours of the skies,

Where joys immortal be.

Stating the obvious: you can’t be social with the dead. I believe that you can’t have a relationship in a tangible way but death sure doesn’t mean your relationship with a person is over. Then of course the warning that we all must die and encouragement to put your hope in God.

The feeble babe the hoary head.

Must all be numbered with the dead

And in the grave must lie:

Till the last trumpet rend the skies.

And thus proclaim;-ye dead arise:

The judgment great draws nigh.

This one is similar; a warning, “You’re all gonna die.” But then, woo-hoo, Judgment Day and we’ll all arise.

 

I appreciate the reminder of death– I really do. It puts things in perspective when you stop to think, “This could be my last day.” Wow, really? Then I don’t want to waste it being cranky, ungrateful, unforgiving or self-centered.

Also, on my gravestone—if I had one because so far, I’ve chosen cremation—I’d want not RIP, but PIP: Play In Peace.