WE Newsletter – March 1, 2024

Hey Water’s Edge!
 
As we move into the third Sunday of Lent, we continue this season of self-examination and reflection in preparation for Easter. In John 2:13-22, we encounter a situation where we see Jesus in a seemingly uncharacteristic light. Jesus enters the temple in Jerusalem and begins turning over tables. He brandishes a whip and drives animals out of the courts.
 
Now, the scripture does not specifically say that Jesus is angry, but based on the description of Jesus with a whip, turning over tables and spilling coins, as well as the use of multiple exclamation points used when Jesus speaks, I think it’s safe to say Jesus was pretty irritated with what was going on.
 
Angry Jesus? It can be a little unnerving. I have not seen this depiction of Jesus in many stained-glass windows in sanctuaries. I’m sure they’re out there, but I haven’t noticed them proudly displayed in any of the churches I’ve attended. I tend to like the scenes of Jesus sleeping on the boat during a storm, waking up and calming the seas. I like the depictions of Jesus lovingly holding a lamb, returning it to safety.
 
But, I’m sure we all know that there are things that go on in our lives, and in some of our churches, that may irritate Jesus. And, in this season of Lent, it is a good time for us, both individually and as a church, to reflect on what we’re doing, why we’re doing it and consider if we’ve unknowingly slid into practices and behaviors that may hinder anyone’s relationship with a loving, forgiving and merciful God.
 
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday as we explore Jesus cleansing the temple.
 
Pastor Ryan


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We are excited to announce our NEW platform for easy and secure giving at Water’s Edge UMC!  Now you can support WEUMC anytime, anywhere with just a few clicks.  Visit watersedgeumc.org/giving to check it out and make a contribution today.  Thank you for your continued faithfulness and generosity!


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They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  Acts 2:42

Please join us as we remind ourselves of the early Christian church and come together in prayer every day at 2:42 to pray for each other, for our leadership, for all who worship together and for those God has yet to bring into the fold, to pray for the growth and power of His kingdom, and to pray we become the hands and feet of Christ, shining His light for all to see. Set your clocks and feel the power of praying together.


Hey Water’s Edge!

As we move into the third Sunday of Lent, we continue this season of self-examination and reflection in preparation for Easter. In John 2:13-22, we encounter a situation where we see Jesus in a seemingly uncharacteristic light. Jesus enters the temple in Jerusalem and begins turning over tables. He brandishes a whip and drives animals out of the courts.

Now, the scripture does not specifically say that Jesus is angry, but based on the description of Jesus with a whip, turning over tables and spilling coins, as well as the use of multiple exclamation points used when Jesus speaks, I think it’s safe to say Jesus was pretty irritated with what was going on.

Angry Jesus? It can be a little unnerving. I have not seen this depiction of Jesus in many stained-glass windows in sanctuaries. I’m sure they’re out there, but I haven’t noticed them proudly displayed in any of the churches I’ve attended. I tend to like the scenes of Jesus sleeping on the boat during a storm, waking up and calming the seas. I like the depictions of Jesus lovingly holding a lamb, returning it to safety.

But, I’m sure we all know that there are things that go on in our lives, and in some of our churches, that may irritate Jesus. And, in this season of Lent, it is a good time for us, both individually and as a church, to reflect on what we’re doing, why we’re doing it and consider if we’ve unknowingly slid into practices and behaviors that may hinder anyone’s relationship with a loving, forgiving and merciful God.

I look forward to seeing you this Sunday as we explore Jesus cleansing the temple.

Pastor Ryan

ONLINE GIVING

We are excited to announce our NEW platform for easy and secure giving at Water’s Edge UMC!  Now you can support WEUMC anytime, anywhere with just a few clicks.  Visit watersedgeumc.org/giving to check it out and make a contribution today.  Thank you for your continued faithfulness and generosity!

New devotions posted every Monday and a midweek prayer focus every Wednesday on Facebook and Instagram. Follow us and share the good news!  

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  Acts 2:42

Please join us as we remind ourselves of the early Christian church and come together in prayer every day at 2:42 to pray for each other, for our leadership, for all who worship together and for those God has yet to bring into the fold, to pray for the growth and power of His kingdom, and to pray we become the hands and feet of Christ, shining His light for all to see. Set your clocks and feel the power of praying together.