This week

Sunday, February 19, 2017

          Worship Time: 8:30 & 10:45 am
          Christian Education: 9:30 am for children, youth & adults

Rev. Erin WathenScripture: Luke 7:36-50

A woman walked into the party, carrying an alabaster jar. They scarcely noticed her at first because, well, she was nobody. It was clear from the way she dressed, the way she carried herself, the very fact that she was a woman on her own. But then, she knelt to clean Jesus' feet, anointing them with perfume from her jar. And everything stopped. All eyes were on her, and you could hear a pin drop in that room.

And Simon said "this woman is a sinner! She does not belong here!"

She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless... She persisted.

Luke 7:36-50 is our text for Sunday. This story makes me wonder how many other women in the Bible could have their stories boiled down to precisely this scenario. How many enter a room—silent, unseen, no name to speak of—to the protests of those who already have a seat at the table. They are told they don’t belong, that they are unworthy, that they cannot possibly have anything of worth to offer. Nevertheless, they carry on. They keep speaking where it is not their place to speak, and showing up where they are not welcome. We may not know their names, but that they made it into the pages of scripture at all is telling of their strength, and the depth of their faith.

We don’t have time to study all the women for whom this is true in a single Sunday… But this one woman with the alabaster jar has some timely and important things to teach us, men and woman alike. She knows a great deal--not just about persisting and resisting--but about forgiveness and grace, love and belonging, and the welcome place at the table for all who come seeking Christ’s mercy.

Meanwhile, if you want to read about some other nasty women of the Bible, my friend Alice has a new book out called Fierce: Women of the Bible and Their Stories of Violence, Mercy, Bravery, Wisdom, Sex, and Salvation. I’m looking forward to reading it, and also looking forward to seeing you Sunday.
Rev. Erin Wathen, Senior Pastor

Also this Sunday:
• Adult Education:
9:30 am in Friends Hall
. More information on the Adult Education page.
• Journey: A new weekly study group at Saint Andrew. Sunday nights from 4-6pm in Room 202/203. RSVP.
• Week of Compassion- February 19-26: More information HERE.

Upcoming Events:
Potato Bar Lunch (Men & Women Welcome) - February 26: More information on the Women's Page.
• Fat Tuesday Pancake Dinner- February 28: 5-7pm in Friends Hall; sign up in the Hearth Room or RSVP.
• Ash Wednesday Service - March 1: Join us in the Sanctuary @ 7pm for a family friendly service.
• SAGE Wine & Cheese Party and Meeting - March 3:
More information on the SAGE Page.

• Fort Scott Adventure - Saturday, March 4: Information HERE, RSVP by March 1!

• Wednesday Evenings in Lent-activity/dinner/study/worship - March 8-April 28: All are invited to this inter-generational journey through Lent, 6-7:30pm in Friends Hall, sign up in the Hearth Room on Sunday.

Taking Action and Speaking Up:
Information on how to contact your government officials on the mission page under Hand of Welcome.

On-Going Events:
• Grief Group - meets the first Sunday of the month, led by Jody Gyulay, 11:45am, Room 102
• Mission & Outreach Opportunities:
check the Mission & Outreach page for more information.
• Transforming Families: meets Sundays @ 4pm, in the Pastor's office. Our next meeting is Feb. 19
• SAGE (Saint Andrew Group for Ecology) Street Clean-Up: February 19, read more on the SAGE Page.

Previous Sermons:
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