Upper Dublin has been designated a Zone of Peace by the Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia for our numerous outreach ministries, which help to make our community and our world a more peaceable place. UDLC been deemed to be exemplary in addressing one or more of the root causes of violence, such as prejudice and hatred; poverty, homelessness and hunger; drug use; gun violence; and unequal opportunities for educational and cultural development.
We worship at 7:45, 9:00, and 10:30 every Sunday. UDLC is a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, so make yourself at home. Each service is a little different. We joke that they are like the story of the three bears. You can try them out and find the one that feels "just right" to you. You can read about them in more detail here. Here's a helpful list of what you can expect to experience when you visit on Sunday morning from when you pull into the parking lot, getting around the church, following along in worship, and the all-important coffee bar.
When you come to Upper Dublin Lutheran, you are encouraged strongly to ‘chose a ministry area’ or participate in a fellowship group, or a book study group so that you connect to other people. Studies say that if you don’t know 7 new people in the first 6 months in a congregation, you’ll begin to fade away and not feel invested! We don’t want that to happen.
We are eager to welcome and invite you to journey with us “on the road of discipleship” at Upper Dublin Lutheran! Our congregation is a dynamic, down-to-earth, spirit-led group of believers and seekers that, we, pastors, see as our equals and partners ! Our role is to coach, inspire and challenge our community into a deeper , transforming relationship with Jesus Christ. If follows, then, we have an open, entrepreneurial climate, where members are encouraged to develop new ministries and use their gifts, in harmony with our vision and mission. Come and experience our many community and global ministries, before or after you visit our worship services, and feel the warm welcome and joy at UDLC!
From May 4 to August 9, 2015 Pastor Dyan Lawlor will be on sabbatical—a time for rest, renewal, and reflection on the theme The Danger of a Single Story. The theme is inspired by the TED talk of the same name by Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Holy Humor Sunday is an annual tradition at UDLC. On the Sunday after Easter, the pastors and staff sing, dance, and don constume in side splitting comedic ressurection tales with lots of laughter and music. The theme for 2016 is Star Wars at all three services on April 3rd. May the force be with you!
Upper Dublin Lutheran Church is committed to be a blessing to our community. The blessing happens when people find ways to care for others. We support active ministries that utilize the gifts we are given by God to serve others.
We worship at 7:45, 9:00, and 10:30 on Sunday morning. All of our worship services offer opportunities to experience the leadership of many Christians. Time for sharing by worshipers of where God has been active in their lives or prayer concerns. Time to gather after the service for refreshment. Worship resources that are easy to follow. A nursery staffed by a qualified adult for children up to age 3, which you are welcome to use, but children are very welcome in worship.
In 2005, we began an amazing relationship with our Lutheran brothers and sisters in Tanzania's Northeastern Diocese. This summer we will make our fourth trip to visit their evangelism outposts in the mountains of Lushoto, and developed a scholarship program for high school students. Tanzanian hospitality, generosity and contagious Christian music draws us back and feeds our faith!