WORSHIP SCHEDULE FOR JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2020
January 5 - Epiphany Sunday
The season of Christmas comes to an end as the final piece of the story is told with the visit of the Magi. Join us for familiar songs, communion, and that last bit of Christmas before we move on in the church year. Stick around after worship to help "unhang" the greens.
January 12 - Baptism of the Lord Sunday
Why was Jesus baptized anyway? Is it that important? It is. Each one of us belongs to two families; one by birth, one by adoption. Both make their mark on us.
January 19 - Emerging Worship/Justice Sunday
We will recall and honor the life of one of Christianity’s great missionary heroes – Martin Luther King, Jr. My O my, we need to hear his voice again during these troubled times. Through him, God gave us a dream. We ignore that dream to our peril. This Sunday will be an Emerging Worship celebration.
Our life has a purpose…no matter how old or young; whether we are in college, in our jobs, or in skilled nursing care facility, our life has meaning and purpose. Our Annual Congregational Meeting will follow our Classical style worship service.
February 2 - Communion/Scout Sunday
It is confirmed – this is Scout Sunday. We have been in wonderful mutually supportive relationship with Boy Scout Troop # 23 for years. On this day, we will worship together. The service will include the celebration of the Lord’s Supper.
These mid-February days, when the winter truly can be bleak, God rescues flickering flames and gives us a zest for living. Light and salt – that is who we are.
February 16 - Emerging Worship
Once again Jesus takes something that is well-known and familiar to us, turns it inside out and upside down, and we and our lives are enriched because of it.
February 23 - Transfiguration of the Lord
In spite of the cynical words of skeptics, we have faith in God, trusting that the presence of God is not smoke and mirrors nor a crutch for the weak. It is real. It builds strength and enables us to stand strong.
Ash Wednesday, February 26
We'll meet in the Gathering Place at 7:00pm to commemorate the beginning of the Lenten journey toward the cross. Self-reflection, scripture, song, communion, and the imposition of ashes will take place during this informal and intimate worship service.
"Come Share the Lord"
by Shaun Cloonan, Minister of Music
“Come break the bread, come drink the wine, come, share the Lord.” Those words to a favorite communion anthem come to mind as I share this story.
About 3 or 4 summers ago, while strolling through the booths at the Three Rivers Arts festival downtown, I noticed a beautiful handmade chalice by one of the pottery vendors. It was a sort of washed/worn reddish-pink color, and I immediately thought it would look good in our sanctuary with the deep red carpet and curtains along the chancel area. One problem, there was no matching plate.
I asked the potter if getting a matching plate was an option. He told me he didn’t have any plans to make plates, but gave me his card and told me to send him an email so that he could let me know the next time he was planning to make them so we could order one. I did that, and then life took over and I sort of forgot about it.
A few weeks ago, Lorraine and I were talking while changing the banners and paraments (did you know that’s what the colored pulpit scarf and communion tablecloth are called?) with the change from Lent to Easter, and I asked what ever happened to that chalice? She pulled it out from a top shelf in the Lounge kitchenette and we decided to put it out on the table, both commenting that it would be nice if there was a matching plate.
Well, if you know either Lorraine or me well, when we get an idea in our heads, good luck getting it out of there! Mandy and I went to lunch after the service and continued talking about how to find a match, and I was feverishly searching on Amazon and Google and anywhere I could think of to find a pottery-style plate that might match that specific shade of reddish-pink. No luck…deep reds, red and black, red and purple, nothing close.
Then I came across an artist on the website Etsy, a site where artisans sell their own creations. Monica
Sommerville works out of New York (but originally Allentown, PA). I sent a message via Etsy to this random person whose plates I liked, attaching a photo of the chalice and asking if there was any way she might be able to make something comparable. Within a half hour, she replied that it’s very difficult to match another potter’s glaze exactly, but she thought she had a mix of red and cream that she could overlap to get close. “I am glad to make a plate and send a photo. If you think it matches, we can take care of payment and shipping then. If not, no obligation.” I responded anything she could do that would be close would be better than what I was finding. Then on to life for the rest of the week…
About a week or so later, I got a message saying she was going to throw some plates that weekend, and a day or so later, got a photo that looked to me to be almost an exact match. I replied that it was perfect and we’d love to have it at FPCE for our communion services. I replied with my address and asked about the price. The response was “Please accept it as a gift. You can repay it by passing on some kindness to someone in your community this week!”
So, thanks to this lovely woman’s talents and generous spirit, we have a beautiful matching set for communion that was made just for us! The next time you’re in the sanctuary and walking past the communion table, take a look at the chalice and plate. If you didn’t know any better, you’d swear they were made as a set and not by 2 different potters! And if you’re looking for someone to do some custom pottery for you, go to www.Etsy.com to find Sommerville Pottery or visit www.sommervillepottery.com.
Worship at Edgewood
Sunday Morning Worship is at 11:00AM September through May
and 10:00AM June-August
Worship services at First Presbyterian Church of Edgewood vary in style from Sunday to Sunday. Most weeks, worshipers will experience what we call "Classic" worship -- a traditional Presbyterian Reformed order of worship with organ accompaniment and choir music leadership. Once per month, "Emerging" worship takes place. This service, while still focusing on the 5 tenents of Presbyterian worship -- gathering around, proclaiming, responding to, sealing upon our hearts, and bearing into the world God's Word -- is presented in a relaxed atmosphere. A video projection screen is placed in the front of the sanctuary, a worship ensemble of mixed instruments accompanies song leaders, and God's Word is presented in a multitude of ways. Worshipers in this service will experience a wide variety of presentations, from reader's theater to VBS kids singing, choral presentations to standard sermons.
To see video of some previous Emerging Worship services, visit http://fpceworshipservice.blogspot.com.