“Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!”
“My house shall be a house of prayer.” Our passage for Sunday is a rare moment when Jesus is not presented as calm and kind and gentle. His buttons get pushed and he acts rather aggressively, reacting against the practices that have come to be routine, normal, accepted, institutionalized. The selling of animals for sacrifice probably started as a great fund-raising idea by the Temple booster club. In Jesus’ day the temple seems to have been loud, crowded, and perhaps viewed as a boost to the local economy around the big festivals. Jesus’ reaction to it all is to reclaim the essence of the temple as a place of prayer, connection, and atonement, an essence that has been clouded and compromised. The place where one ought to connect with God is clouded with human agendas and frenetic activity. It raises the question for us if our faith life has been encroached upon by the frenzy of everyday life and drama, and how we get back to a place of prayer. Join us Sunday as we continue to consider these things!
Ruminations – Tonight!
Join me on Zoom as we read and sit with the scriptures for upcoming Sundays. We will read together along with some art and poetry, listening together for what themes, questions, and insights emerge. Last month we had a fun and lively dialogue with about eight of us. I hope for another good group tonight. Please join! Here is the packet of potential readings for tonight.
Join Us For In-Person Worship This Sunday!
Based upon survey feedback, Providence will be returning to in-person worship in the sanctuary starting on March 7th at 9:30am with precautions in place. Our protocols have been updated and can be found HERE. The service will also continue to be shared live over Zoom and posted to the website by Monday morning as well for those uncomfortable with or unable to join in-person.
The first Sunday of every month is Deacon’s Sunday. Sunday March 7, is Deacon’s Sunday, in addition to your regular giving, you are invited to give to the work of Deacons in our church. You can either turn this gift in during in-person worship or mail it to the church office. Throughout 2020 and the beginning of 2021 the Deacons have been coming up with ways to reach out to Providence Members, regular Visitors and the Community as a whole. We have been delivering care packages for people, providing financial support if needed and coming up with ways to get people interacting during this difficult time. As providing support is important to all of the Deacons we realize we are not able to provide the support and do what we do without your generous donations. Thank you!
Coffee and Conversation
Pastor Dave will be hosting coffee and a conversation on Sunday’s sermon via Zoom on Tuesday morning 3/9 at 9am.
The sermon, for me, is best viewed as a conversation. So, I invite you to join me on Zoom on Tuesday mornings to share thoughts or questions that percolate for you from the sermon. We can meander conversationally to some degree, though I would like to stay with the sermon as a starting point. Questions and quandaries are welcome! An email will go out on Monday that will contain a Zoom link for this gathering. Thanks in advance for considering!
Food Drive for the Parker Task Force
Our next food drive for the Task Force will be Sunday, March 7th. If you are participating in the service via ZOOM, donations can be brought in before or after the service. A list of their current needs can be found HERE. If you have any questions, please contact Steve Heald. Thank you for your continued support of this important ministry.
One Great Hour of Sharing
Around the world, millions of people lack access to sustainable food sources, clean water, sanitation, education and opportunity. The three programs supported by One Great Hour of Sharing – Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, The Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People- all work in different ways to serve individual and communities in need. Providence Presbyterian Church is participating in One Great Hour of Sharing again this season of Lent. Please pick up a donation envelope, informational brochure, and family devotion/map of current needs on the information table outside the Pastor Dave’s office. If you would like to have this information mailed to you, please contact Chris Hudson. You can also go online at presbyterianmission.org/oghs for more details.
Want to order Lilies to honor or remember a loved one and brighten up our sanctuary for Easter Services? Lilies are $10.00/each and order envelopes are available on the table in the narthex. You can also mail your request to the church office using THIS FORM. Please enclose the form and a check made payable to Providence Presbyterian Church. Please write “Easter Lilies” on the memo line. Orders due by March 25th. Any questions? Please call or email the office at 720-851-6881, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pastor’s Study Leave
Pastor Dave will be taking a week of study leave the week of March 15th to work on dissertation editing. He anticipates a dissertation defense on May 14th and invites your prayers. Pastor Tom Roth will preach on March 21st.