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Shared leadership leads Liberation, Eastgate to worship together

Eastgate Congregatonal UCC in Bellevue and Liberation UCC in Seattle shared in joint Sunday worship service during August.

Liberation UCC, one of the newest congregations to join the Pacific Northwest conference and Eastgate Congregational in Bellevue crossed racial, cultural and geographic boundaries to share together in worship and fellowship. 

The congregations were drawn together by the common thread that the Rev. Marsha Williams, who currently serves as the transitional pastor at Eastgate and is also part of the music ministry at Liberation.

“I jockey between the churches Sundays, so I thought it would be a great idea to bring them together,” she said. 

The Eastgate family hosted the gathering in their building.  Liberation members, who normally worship at 1:30 p.m. in Seattle, thought nothing of a morning commute to Bellevue to share with their UCC brothers and sisters, Marsha said. 

“Smiles, hugs and hand-clapping were the order of the day as Eastgate members and musician provided the classical and more traditional aspects of worship, while the Liberation choir added its rousing gospel music style to the mix,” she described. 

The Rev. Darrell Goodwin-Moultry, pastor of Liberation UCC, brought the morning message. 

“We saw an opportunity to bring these two diverse church communities together, so we took it,” said Marsha.  “Everyone had a great time.”  The two churches plan to worship together again soon.”

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