Join us for worship on Sunday, May 3 at 10:30 a.m. atÂ https://erucc.org/visit-us/sunday-live-stream/
Have bread or a cracker and Â a cup of water or juice or wine for our time of communion.
This Sunday, we will be hearing about how the followers of Jesus got together often to worship, eat a meal together, and recall the stories and teachings of Jesus. They would share whatever they had with one another.
Add to your worship table an object or a word written on a piece of paper to symbolize something you might share with others.Â Take a photo and post it on Facebook or send it to firstname.lastname@example.orgÂ
Join us for worship on Sunday, April 26 at 10:30 a.m. atÂ https://erucc.org/visit-us/sunday-live-stream/
Third Sunday of Easter
The Gospel lesson for this Sunday, Luke 24: 13-35, tells a story of the afternoon of the first Easter.Â As two disciples are walking to the village of Emmaus they encounter a mysterious stranger.Â In Acts 2:14a, 36â€“41, Peterâ€™s preaching on the Jerusalem streets â€œcut to the heartâ€ of those who listened.
Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart. ~ I Peter 1:22
When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, â€œWere not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?â€Â ~ Luke 24:30-32
Jesusâ€™ table ministry was a preeminent way that he showed and shared the depth of love unseen in his time. He ate and spent time with those considered unworthy of his attention. Even in his post-resurrection appearances, it was in the breaking of bread that he was â€œrecognized.â€ As we gather around his Table this day, we remember that, at the heart, his message was unconditional love.
At your Worship Center this Sunday, please include a loaf of bread or a piece of bread.Â Take a photo and post it on Facebook or send it to email@example.com.
This SundayÂ we will read from Luke 24: 13-35, the story we name as the Road to Emmaus, when two disciples encounter Jesus on the road.Â At first Jesus is a stranger but when he breaks bread with them, their hearts are open and they â€œate their food with glad and generous hearts.â€
Where has your heart been opened in these â€œstay-at-homeâ€ weeks?Â How have you been experiencing your meals differently now that you are eating more meals at home?Â Are you enjoying cooking more and eating meals with your family? Â Does the food taste any different?
This weekend, I invite you to make some bread and add it to your worship center as we remember the meal Jesus shared with his disciples on the road to Emmaus.Â Yes, youâ€™ll also need bread for communion on May 3rd.Â But who doesnâ€™t enjoy bread?
Share the photos of your bread projects with us on Facebook or via email.
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April 16, 2020
***Please note that the 8:30 Service and 9:30 Educational Classes are suspended.
The 10:30 service can be viewed online at:https://boxcast.tv/channel/bzioh0xyyacgq5fmjnoi
11:30 a.m. Virtual Fellowship:Â https://zoom.us/j/153605864?pwd=M2VSRjZsRDdFd1Q4bms0RExzam5SUT09&status=success
Monday night, parents of our youth group members and adults working with youthÂ gathered for a call on Zoom.Â We were getting together to talk about how we can assist our kids in navigating these challenging days.Â We spoke of the losses for some of our kids â€“ especially the seniors.Â We grieved how we were having to spend so much time with screens just to see the people we love.Â While we are grateful to have technology that allows us to connect, truth is that many of us are tired of staring at screens.Â Every time we log in to yet another Zoom call get-together or meeting, it is a reminder of the reality in which we live.
Since our founding, Evangelical Reformed UCC has used Godâ€™s blessings to be the hands and feet of His love throughout Frederick and the wider world. For 275 years, we have created welcoming spaces. For 275 years, we have developed and implemented programs and missions that serve those near and far.
In celebration of those 275 years of faithfulness and service, we will host events throughout the year that are open to the public. We invite you to celebrate our past and work to preserve our future.