Category: Weekly Bulletin

February 25, 2024 – 10:30 AM Worship Service

February 25, 2024 – 10:30 AM Worship Service

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February 25 – Second Sunday in Lent
“Rescue me from danger”

Psalm 22:23-31 | Matthew 14:22-33

As a new disciple, perhaps Peter wants to prove himself. Boldly, in the middle of a storm, Peter steps out of the boat to join Jesus who is walking on top of the waves. He, too, walks on water until the wind shakes his trust and he begins to sink. Many of us know what it feels like to be thrown off balance, to feel as if we’re sinking. Maybe this looks like doubt, unexpected change, too-busy seasons of life, devastating grief, or distance from God. In this story, we empathize with the desperation Peter feels as he cries out, and we pray for God to save us when we sink.

The Senior Choir will be singing.

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ERUCC also holds a healing worship service with Holy Communion at 8:30 AM.

February 18, 2024 – 10:30 AM Worship Service

February 18, 2024 – 10:30 AM Worship Service

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February 18 – First Sunday in Lent
“Jesus sought me”

Psalm 25:1-10 | Luke 5:1-11

Jesus doesn’t seek out trained rabbis and priests to be his disciples; instead, he calls a few Galilean fishermen to follow him and join his ministry. In this story, Jesus tells Simon Peter to drop his nets one more time, even though they’ve been fishing all night long and have caught nothing. To their surprise, they haul in nets bursting with fish. In response to this abundant miracle, Peter says, “Go away from me, Lord!” And yet, Peter and his partners drop their nets and follow Jesus. What is the beginning of your faith story? When has God sought you out? Have you ever felt like your calling was pursuing—or chasing—you? Did you resist? Did you follow?

The Senior Choir will be singing.

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ERUCC also holds a healing worship service with Holy Communion at 8:30 AM.

February 11, 2024 – 10:30 AM Worship Service

February 11, 2024 – 10:30 AM Worship Service

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Transfiguration Sunday

2 Kings 2:1-12  |  Mark 9:2-9

The Season after the Epiphany ends with the story of Jesus’ transfiguration in Mark 9: 2-9. This revealing of Jesus’ glory is a turning point, marking the end of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee and the beginning of the journey towards Jerusalem and the fate that awaits Jesus there. Just before today’s reading, Peter declares that Jesus is the Messiah. But Peter does not understand Jesus’ teaching about the kind of Messiah Jesus has come to be.

It is in the seeing and understanding that God’s messenger is known. In 2 Kings 2:1–12, the prophet Elijah is carried up to heaven, and Elisha glimpses the sacred and comes to a fuller understanding of who Elijah is. Elisha receives a double portion of the spirit of Elijah and is thus known as a prophet in the true succession.

The Rev. Kirstin Shrom-Rhoads will be preaching. Spirit will be sharing in music leadership this morning.

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ERUCC also holds a healing worship service with Holy Communion at 8:30 AM.

February 4, 2024 – 10:30 AM Worship Service

February 4, 2024 – 10:30 AM Worship Service

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Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Isaiah 40:21-31 | Mark 1:29-39

The readings today affirm the importance of prayer in keeping our focus for ministry. Restored by God’s transforming love, we are reshaped as messengers of good news. In our Gospel lesson, Mark 1:29-39, as Jesus is seeking rest at the home of Simon and Andrew, he is called upon to heal Simon’s mother-in-law. Crowds begin to press in around the house, demanding more words and deeds of power from Jesus. Isaiah 40: 21-31 calls God’s people to remember that God – who created the universe and rules everything within it – is their source of strength.

We will share in communion this morning. The Senior Choir will be singing.

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ERUCC also holds a healing worship service with Holy Communion at 8:30 AM.

January 28, 2024 – 10:30 AM Worship Service

January 28, 2024 – 10:30 AM Worship Service

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Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Deuteronomy 18:15-20  |  Mark 1:21-28

In the gospel lesson, Mark 1: 21-28, Jesus is revealed as one who speaks and acts with God’s authority. In the focus passage, Jesus teaches and casts out an unclean spirit. God will provide wisdom, courage, and power to those whom God calls to lead. In Deuteronomy 18:15–20, an account from near the end of Moses’ life, Moses assures the people that God will raise up new prophets who will speak with God’s authority just as Moses.

The Senior Choir will be singing.

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ERUCC also holds a healing worship service with Holy Communion at 8:30 AM.

January 21, 2024 – 10:30 AM Worship Service

January 21, 2024 – 10:30 AM Worship Service

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Third Sunday after Epiphany

Jonah 3:1-5, 10  |  Mark 1:14-20

God calls many different people in many ways. In the Gospel lesson (Mark 1:14-20) Jesus sees four fishers, and they immediately leave their nets in response to the call to “Follow me.” Jonah 3:1–5, 10 is also a story of call. The prophet Jonah has already failed once to respond to God’s call. Now God calls Jonah a second time to go to Nineveh to preach a message of repentance. Because of this reluctant prophet, the people repent and acknowledge God. God’s mind is changed and Nineveh is saved.

The Senior Choir will be singing.

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ERUCC also holds a healing worship service with Holy Communion at 8:30 AM.

January 7, 2024 – 10:30 AM Worship Service

January 7, 2024 – 10:30 AM Worship Service

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Epiphany Sunday | Baptism of Christ Sunday

We trust our belovedness

Luke 3:21-22

We began our series by acknowledging our weariness and we conclude with trusting our belovedness; ultimately, our joy is rooted in the fact that we belong to God. In the story of Jesus’ baptism, the heavens part open and the voice of God wraps Jesus in joy and loving care. Some translations of Luke 3:22 read, “in you, I find happiness and delight.” Therefore, we can conclude that we are also the source of God’s joy. When we trust our belovedness, we live and give fully—we are compelled to treat all of creation with tenderness and care. When we trust our belovedness, we have endless reasons to rejoice.

We will be sharing communion at the chancel rail this morning as well as receiving our star words for the coming year. This day, we celebrate Jesus’ baptism and remember the role our baptism has played in our lives. It is a day we also remember that along with Jesus we are beloved by God and empowered to participate in God’s healing work in the world. The Senior Choir will be singing.

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Click here to to VIEW the January 7 Worship Bulletin

ERUCC also holds a healing worship service with Holy Communion at 8:30 AM.

December 31, 2023 – 10:30 AM Worship Service

December 31, 2023 – 10:30 AM Worship Service

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First Sunday after Christmas

We root ourselves in ritual

After eight days have passed, Mary and Joseph circumcise their child and give him the name Jesus. They return to the temple in Jerusalem to enact the sacred birth rituals of their culture and tradition. While they are doing what is customary, the unexpected occurs. A man named Simeon is led by the Spirit into the temple to proclaim Jesus as the “light of revelation.” Then, a prophet named Anna suddenly approaches them; she praises God and speaks about Jesus to everyone longing for redemption. Rituals mark sacred turning points in our lives. They can help us make meaning of celebrations, losses, and transitions. As new parents to Jesus, Mary and Joseph could feel weary for what lies ahead, but perhaps these sacred rituals—and those who bear witness to them—bolster them and give them courage for the journey. How do our sacred rituals root us and help us live into new chapters with courage?

The service will include the “Letting Go and Letting God” ritual. This is a time when the congregation will be invited to write down on a piece of paper those things which each person wants to let go of from the old year of 2023, receive God’s grace and move into the new year with divine blessing and hope. The dissolving pieces of paper will be placed in a bowl of water at the front of the chancel. The Rev. Rebecca Shillingburg will be preaching. The Senior Choir will be singing.

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ERUCC also holds a healing worship service with Holy Communion at 8:30 AM.

December 24, 2023 – 7:30 PM Candlelight and Carols Service

December 24, 2023 – 7:30 PM Candlelight and Carols Service

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Luke’s Gospel tells us that when Mary gives birth to Jesus, she lays him in a manger, for there was no place for them in the guest room. Scholars argue about where, exactly, the birth occurs—and why. Was it in a stable or the living room of a simple peasant home? Was Bethlehem teeming with visitors who were also there to be counted in the census? Was Joseph’s family inhospitable because they disapproved of his marital situation? Regardless of where the birth occurs, we know that Christ is born in a crowded, unlikely place. And yet, God makes a place here anyway. God draws the circle wider as shepherds and unexpected guests arrive. This Christmas, let us also make room—for strangers and neighbors alike. For this is good news of great joy for all people.

Click here to WATCH the 7:30 PM Christmas Eve Candlelight and Carols Worship Service Live or On-Demand

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ERUCC also holds a Children’s Christmas Eve Service at 5:30 PM and a Christmas Eve Communion and Candlelight Service. All are welcome!