SUMMER WORSHIP AT FPCE
It’s Mostly About the Women.
Through most of the weeks this summer, I will be preaching each on one of the women of the Bible. I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be fun.
Pentecost Sunday. Read Acts 2 for biblical details. What spirit will the Holy Spirit give to us? We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper in our emerging style of worship.
An important Sunday in the life of our church. During the congregational meeting following worship we will discuss and vote on the building renovation. Let’s talk about then pray for discernment.
Eve. Genesis 2 – 4:2 & 25. The mother of us all? Is she the cause of the fall? Did sin enter the world through her? Or is she to be honored as “flesh of my flesh?” Adam’s perfect companion.
Camp SOS Sunday. The Sunday following our Camp Summer of Service, the worship focus will be on lessons learned, mission shared, friendships formed at Camp SOS!
The Women Who Kept Moses Alive. The first freedom fighters? Read Exodus 1: 8-22 and 2: 1-10. Be prepared to meet brave women in dangerous times. The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated.
Sarah and Hagar. What a mess! Ishmael and Isaac – who is the heir? How dysfunctional is this family? One family – three faiths? See Genesis 16 and 21 for an outline of their lives.
Rahab. How is it that a prostitute is in Jesus’ family tree? It’s a cool action story. See Joshua 2 and 6 for details.
Hannah. See I Samuel 1 – 2. Here is a desperate woman crying her sad tears. Or is there a lot more to the story and a lot more to the woman. She sings a powerful song that reappears centuries later preceding the births of John and Jesus.
The Widow of Zarephath. One of my favorite stories in the Hebrew Bible. See I Kings 17: 8-14. The widow would receive an Academy for best supporting actress. Our hearts break for her and rejoice with her.
Job’s Wife. She has one verse (Job 2:9) at the beginning of a long and deep story. How do we deal with God when we believe God broke his promise? How much of our anger can God take? We will be invited to the table of communion.
Esther and Vashti. See the Book of Esther in our Old Testament and read the decisions made by two strong women. One is mostly overlooked. But she has a story too.
Elizabeth and Mary. The mothers John the Baptist and Jesus. Each one was blessed with a surprise pregnancy. Both sang the finest birth celebrations ever. Their stories can be found in Luke 1 and 2.
Did Paul have a problem with these women? Why? Did these women have a problem – or were they asserting leadership in a male dominated culture. See I Corinthians 11: 2-16 and I Corinthians 14: 34 – 36.
Women – the backbone of the early church. Someone had to do the work! There are many examples in the New Testament of the first church ladies. Where would the church be without them?
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.