March 14 Edevotional

Many high-school students will be walking out of their classrooms this morning, 10 a.m., to gather for 17 minutes of silence in honor and memory of fellow students in Parkland, Florida, shot and killed. I will be gathering at the Peace Park in Northbrook with other clergy and lay-folks in support of the students walk-out. 7,000 pairs of empty shoes were lined up on the lawn of the D.C. Capitol building today, representing numbers of children who lost their lives to shootings since Sandy Hook elementary school. I hope included in those numbers are the many shooting deaths of children on the streets of Chicago and elsewhere, some by police officers. #BlackLivesMatter. As we travel at Jesus’ side these last days of Lent and into Palm Sunday, we remember the authorities telling Jesus that he should order the people carrying their palm branches, shouting, dancing, and singing, to stop. (Luke 19) Or the authorities in the temple who became angry when they heard the children crying “Hosanna to the Son of David.” (Matthew 21). Jesus’ response rings in our ears, “Haven’t you ever read, ‘Out of the mouths of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise for yourself’?” “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.” Lord, help us to listen. #Enough

 

HAPPENINGS

Study of Marcus Borg’s book, Convictions, Chapter 2 and 3,
Saturday, March 17, 9:30 – 11:00

Next Book Club gathering, changed from March 21 to March 28, 7 p.m. at 2203 Illinois Rd.,
Northbrook. Reading Jesmyn Ward’s, Men We Reaped.

Holy Thursday and Good Friday evening services will be held at 6:30 rather than 6:00.
Holy Thursday, Taize worship with Communion. Good Friday, Tennebrae service. Everyone Welcome.

Northbrook UMC is a supporting member of Open Communities, a leading voice for housing, economic and social justice
in north suburban Chicago, working to promote inclusive communities that are welcoming to all.
Open Communities is sponsoring an open house, March 18, 3 – 5 p.m. at Northwestern University’s Ryan Field’s Stadium Club.
Text or phone Pastor Sherrie, 773-957-4505 for more information.

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