Lent 2023

seeking: honest questions for deeper faith

There are many stories of Jesus encountering people who are seeking: Nicodemus comes to him in the veil of night, he approaches a Samaritan woman at a well, he heals a man born without sight. In these stories, each person is seeking a new beginning, a different life, a deeper faith. What unfolds is an exchange filled with questions and exploration. Often, an unveiling occurs—assumptions are disrupted, a new perspective is revealed, mystery grows.

Recordings of Lent & Easter Services 2023

Ash Wednesday: Is this the fast I choose?

Island United Church hosts our friends from Congregational Church of Belmont and our previous pastor Rev. Jim Mitulski for a joint Ash Wednesday service where we ask ourselves the question, “is this the fast I choose?”

First Sunday in Lent: Who will you listen to?

Rev. Michael reflects on Matthew 4:1-11 and ponders the question, “who will you listen to?”

Second Sunday in Lent: How do we begin again?

Rev. Michael reflects on John 3:1-17 and asks us, “how do we begin again?”

Third Sunday in Lent: Will you give me a drink?

Rev. Michael reflects on John 4:5-42 and wonders aloud, “will you give me a drink?”

Fourth Sunday in Lent: Who sinned?

Rev. Michael reflects on John 9:1-41 and explores the question, “who sinned?”

Fifth Sunday in Lent: Can’t these bones live?

Rev. Michael reflects on John 11:1-45 and the story of Lazarus, while asking us to ask ourselves, “can these bones live?”

Sixth Sunday in Lent and Palm Sunday: Where are you headed?

Rev. Michael reflects on Matthew 21:1-11 and the story of Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem, answering the question, “where are you headed?”

Maundy Thursday: Will you wash my feet?

seeking: will you wash my feet?
(Our friends at College Heights Church hosted Island United and several other churches for Maundy Thursday. We will post the video when it is available)

Good Friday: Why have you forsaken me?

Thank you to our friends at Congregational Church of San Mateo, who hosted this powerful Good Friday service.

Easter Sunday: Who are you looking for?

Island United celebrates a glorious Easter Sunday with Rev. Michael’s reflection on John 20:1-18 as we answer the question, “who are you looking for?”

Lenten Devotional

You can pick up your physical copy of seeking: honest questions for deeper faith – A Lenten devotional in the sanctuary on Sundays during Lent. If you would like to read the devotional online, please use the link in our e-news. You can sign up for our e-news via the sign-up box elsewhere on this page.