Sunday, January 25, 2015
Worship Times: 8:30 & 10:45 am
Christian Education: 9:30 am for Children, Youth & Adults
Scripture: Mark 1:14-20
A ringing phone. A crying baby. An overflowing sink.
They’re all happening at the same time. Which one do you deal with first?
For my money, I think I’d go with the sink. It’s about to make a big mess that will demand more of my time later. But in the moment… I don’t know, in the moment, sometimes the ringing phone trumps everything else. And sometimes the screaming kid WILL not be ignored. Not even for a quickly-flooding basement.
What creates urgency? Is it decibel? Visibility? The potential for destruction? Our response to the hypothetical might be very different from what we’d choose in the moment.
Mark’s gospel is so short, so lacking in narrative detail, so rushed in pace, that just reading it makes you feel out of breath and in a hurry. But that pace—while it does not appeal to those of us who like a good long read—it does something important to the story. It creates urgency. It demands our attention. It calls us to go out—“Immediately,” which is Mark’s favorite word—to go, to follow, to DO, and to deliver the good news. Even if the phone is ringing.
Come Sunday. We’ll talk about the difference between “urgent” and “important.” And how maybe, some things are both. - Rev. Erin Wathen, Senior Pastor
This Sunday's Special Music:
8:30: Bound By Faith (Bruce Kelly, Peggy Kelly, Lindsay Waller, Al King, Rick Page, Rick Heinze, Rich Baier, Meaghan Jones, Karen MacGee, Cindy Egger-Farris & Joy Zimmerman) offering “Check It Out” by John Mellencamp; 10:45: Saint Andrew Choir, Julie Haramia, Meaghan Jones & Darin Seidel offering “Be Glad” by Tom Franzak
Adult Education Offerings @ 9:30 am:
Friends Hall - Engagement Sunday - something NEW! (more information on the Adult Education page.)
Room 102 - "Just Mercy" Book Group - January 18 -February 8: Bryan Stevenson's “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” has been hailed as “a powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice - from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.” Dealing with some of the most pressing issues of our day - race, justice, power, conscience, and more - this book is sure to generate great discussion and, hopefully, stir us to courageous action. Reviews, interviews, and more information about the book can be found here: http://www.eji.org/JustMercy. Ross Merritt, Bill Martinie & Rev. Erika Marksbury will share leadership of this group.
• Town Hall Meeting - January 22: Once a month, we have an open forum to discuss ideas, events and opportunities in our congregation and community. We will meet at 7:00 pm in Friends Hall to discuss Vision and Values. A light snack is provided. Please RSVP. Childcare by request.
• Women's Game Night - February 6: Read about this new event on the Women's page!
• Ash Wednesday Service - February 18: Join us at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary for the beginning of our Lenten Journey.
• Mission & Outreach Opportunities: check the Mission & Outreach page for more information.
• Bible Study: second and fourth Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm, Room 202/203. (no RSVP needed)
• Parents' Dinner In: fourth Friday of the month. Read more on the Children's Page.
• Grief: A Living Experience with Jody Gyulay: first Sunday of the month, 11:45, Room 102.
• SAGE (Saint Andrew Group for Ecology) Street Clean-Up: January 18, read more on the SAGE Page.
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