NOTE: For the consideration of Rev. Jenn and the rest of the participants – you will come into the meeting ‘muted’. Please leave your session muted during the service.
Services begin at 10:30 AM Meeting ID for September 27th : 832 5839 8227
You may connect using your phone to listen to the service: 301-715-8592 and enter the Meeting ID above. Please begin with SKIPPING the instructions regarding un-muting (*6). Only your phone will be mute – you will be able to hear the service. More recommendations for using ‘Zoom’ are at the bottom of this page.
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We continue on…Zooming and joining together in worship we seek to praise God and be in God’s presence.
A second Sunday worship service will be held (weather permitting) on Sunday, September 27th outside in the Prayer Garden from 12:00-12:30 pm after the regular 10:30 am service in the sanctuary. The outdoor service will not include congregational singing and all safety precautions will apply.
Feel free to connect via email or phone and let me know what you are doing and how things are going for you.
Turning to the scriptures for this week…The hunger story in Exodus 16 (last week’s text) is followed immediately by the text about thirst in the same wilderness, during the same wandering and it goes very much the same way. When the people complain about having no water, they again question Moses’ leadership for bringing them out to die in the wilderness. And once again, Moses goes to God and asks for help, but this time there is a touch of fear as well as a note of frustration in his conversation with God. The great leader senses that he has more than a cranky, thirsty congregation on his hands. It’s potentially an angry, dangerous mob that could rise up and stone him to death. In providing water, God is saving Moses’ life as much as meeting the needs of the people. We notice that God does not seem to get angry or impatient with this thirsty people, perhaps because water is a reasonable request from people in the middle of a hot desert. God again demonstrates faithful love to His people. The Gospel story for this week takes place just after the cleansing of the temple and the cursing of the fig tree, both challenging the current religious authority and opening the door to the dialogue we find in Matthew 21:23-32. The authorities here react in a way any religious authority – including us – would react given the circumstances, by challenging the question, and the questioner.
We are grateful for your continued offerings which support the ministry of St. John’s Grace. Please know that by your regular giving, you support the ministries of the church and our outreach ministries (CEA, SWES, Earl’s Place). We are all blessed by the generosity of the membership.
Offering opportunities: 1) Mail directly to the church 2) Via your bank 3) Via our website on the offering donations page
You also can make checks payable to ‘St John’s Grace UCC’ and funds will be forwarded.
Praise to God for all things, God is good.
Let us join together in worship!
Recommendations for using ‘Zoom’
You can download the ‘Zoom’ program prior to the meeting, or you will be asked to download the program when you go to join the meeting. It is easier to be set up on your cell phone by getting and downloading the free app from your App Store. but note the following if you are using your computer: On a Mac: use Safari for your browser. On a PC: use Chrome as your browser
If you are not able to electronically join with us…please read and pray with us at 10:30 am on Sunday.