Emerald City Comic Con comes to Seattle again, starting today through Sunday. Last year the 4 day event brought 91,000 people to our church neighborhood, which made parking on Sunday a bit tighter than usual. So, this Sunday we’ll have the church parking garage open from 10:00 am until 10:35 am. Enter the garage at the corner of 7th Avenue (near the corner of Spring). The garage door will be open, and someone will be there to direct you how to enter the church building and head upstairs to the Chapel. (There will still be someone at the Spring Street entrance to welcome those walking to church.)
This Sunday’s sermon text is John 2:13-22, and while I don’t invent sermon titles anymore, if I did, this one might be something along the lines of “Jesus Not-So-Meek-And-Mild,”, or, “The Day Jesus Lost His Cool,” or, “Jesus Gets Ticked Off in Church.” When Jesus goes to the Temple what he sees so angers him that he turns over the tables and drives everybody out – with a whip no less! Like some kind of Wild West Jesus. This is one of those, “What in the Sam Hill is going on here?” kind of texts! If you have questions and/or insights – bring ‘em on Sunday!
You might find it interesting to know that some commentators even think that maybe Jesus is trying to giving a good reason to stop going to church! But I guess you’ll have to come to church to find out what it is :)
We’ll bring back that lovely Celtic-ish tune Christ Within, written by Richard Bruxvoort Colligan (based on St. Patrick’s Breastplate, an old Irish prayer) again this week – to help remind us of Christ’s presence all around, willing to fill us…
Christ within, before and behind
Christ beneath, above, beside
Christ every hour, every day, every night
Here’s the link so you can hear it as a round – and maybe even practice singing it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkH6FjTfCtI
Hope to see you Sunday!
Grace and peace!