Wow, that was a busy start to the new year! Now we are in Lent, and it is a time for rest and reflection.
We are cooperating with Calvin Presbyterian and Maplewood Presbyterian again this year. Maundy Thursday service will be at Edmonds, 7 PM, April 6th. Good Friday will be at Calvin PC, details to come. Easter Sunday Sunrise Service will be hosted by Maplewood, 6:30 AM, April 9th. And of course, we will have Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday services at Edmonds at the usual 10 AM. Details to come!
Plans for Easter Baskets with the Concern for Neighbors food bank in Mountlake Terrace are in full swing. Our partnership with the Edmonds Toy Shop is growing with a bicycle distribution event in the Spring. Stay tuned for details on these opportunities to serve.
Choir is back! We will sing in worship at least once per month, with practice the Wednesday before. The next practice is Wednesday, March 1 at 7 PM. We will sing on March 5 worship at 10 AM.
Our study of the Sermon on the Mount using Amy-Jill Levine’s “Toward the Kingdom of Heaven” continues. Please join us after worship or at 10AM Tuesday over Zoom.
We worked out all the bugs in our Online Streaming Worship. Please go to the www.epc-pcusa.org website for the latest links.
This is what I am planning for worship in March.
Sunday, March 5th. My sermon “Are You Kidding?” explores the joke that is built into John 3. John uses Greek puns and verbal tricks to show the cleverness of Jesus and the shallowness of Nicodemus and the Pharisees. How we see this passage tells us a lot about how we received the famous John 3:16.
Sunday, March 12th. “Be Careful What You Ask For” is about our need to complain to God. God often answers our prayers in unexpected ways. When Jesus asks the Samaritan woman at the well for a drink, she gets a lot more than she expects, leading her to say “Sir, give me this water.”
Sunday, March 19th. The story of the blind man in John 9 is very funny as well as instructive. When he talks to the judgmental Pharisees, it makes us wonder “Who Is Blind?”
Sunday, March 26th. In “In Dry Bones Wet Eyes” we see the depth of emotions in Ezekiel and in Jesus. Ezekiel wonders if Israel will ever be a nation again. Jesus cries for his dear friend Lazarus and his sisters. Jesus is beginning to know what he will be facing on the cross and he is deeply emotionally affected.
It is a joy to serve God with you! I wish you many blessings in this Lenten season.
Grace and Peace,