9:30AM Sunday School
11AM & 7PM Worship

2203 San Antonio St.
Austin, TX 78705

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Stage Six

The Reverend Matt Gaventa
John 11:1-44

A Reading from the Gospel of John Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her …

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Symbols in Our Worship Space

hands1_resFont – The large, 8-sided basin of water near the front that we use during baptisms.  It is our symbol of God’s love and grace extended to us and our inclusion into the family of faith.  The water represents God’s salvation offered through new life in Jesus Christ. Feel free to touch the water upon entrance into the worship space and/or before participating in communion.

Pulpit – The raised area to the people’s right of the table in the sanctuary where the scriptures are read and the Word of God is proclaimed by the preacher.  The lectern is the smaller reading desk on the opposite side from the pulpit.

Table2_resTable – The place of sharing and celebrating in The Lord’s Supper, or Communion.  Upon the table you will see a cup, pitcher, and a plate for holding the bread.

The Sanctuary Cross – The focal point of our worship space draws our eyes and our hearts in remembrance of the Good News of Jesus Christ and God’s love for us.



The Windows – Christians throughout the ages have told and remembered the great GlassColors_resstories of faith by representing them in the beauty of stained glass.  A booklet containing more information about the symbols found in the windows is also available from the ushers.

The Undivided Pews – As a gathering of the Body of Jesus Christ, we sit alongside one another in community. The pews symbolize our commitment to one another and discourage us from viewing worship as purely an individualistic practice or an entertainment event.

Candles1_resThe Candles – Our arrangement of candles represents our Trinitarian understanding of God as “One and Three” – Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Whenever the large single candle is present in the sanctuary, we are celebrating Christ’s victory over death in a special way.


Liturgical Colors – These colors, found on the pastor’s stoles and upon the paraments (fabric banners) on the table, indicate to us what season it is in the church year and help us understand the meaning of the season.  The colors represent

  • Green – Ordinary Time
  • Red – Pentecost, Confirmations, Ordinations
  • Purple or Blue – Advent, Lent, Maundy Thursday, Ash Wednesday
  • White or Gold– Easter, Christmas, Weddings, Funerals, Baptisms

If you have any questions about what you experience in worship at UPC, please speak with a member of the congregation or ask one of the pastors or staff members. Thank you for joining us!

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