Good morning St. John's Community,
We are deep into Lent now, and today's Old Testament reading is set in the desert as the Israelites travel with Moses towards the Promised Land. The people are losing their patience with with Moses and with God, and they express how sick they are of the manna that they have to eat. (Their 40 years in the desert is an archetype for Lent, and I sincerely hope that your Lent is going better than this.)
It suddenly gets dramatically worse for them when they encounter deadly, poisonous snakes! It is one of the more bizarre and challenging stories in the Bible, and yet it is actually a central story—quoted by Jesus himself in today's Gospel. It's a powerful story with lessons for us today, which I will unpack in today's sermon. This experience in the desert points to the cross and resurrection.
Today's service will be live-streamed and available to watch with others when it "premiers" at 9am on Facebook
, and on our website's worship page
. It will be posted soon after on our YouTube page
Note: We believe we are close to resolving our recent livestream issues. We have isolated the cause of this problem to occasional "dips" in the signal, which interrupt the uploading process. We will improve our signal strength and consistency, and for now we have a small tech work-around that should help. Thank you for your patience as we address this challenge.
Finally, please know that we are carefully scaling upward for in-person attendance. We have increased the number of open seats in worship to 25. In order to attend, you will need to sign up by Thursday at noon
, which you can do by either clicking here
or by calling the church office at 202-347-8766. If seating fills up, we will put you at the top of the list for the next service. If and when you are able, we look forward to having you join us.
Starting with Palm Sunday, we will increase attendance to 100! You will need to sign up one week before each service then, and because of seating requirements we will be assigning seats. The online services will of course continue throughout this time and beyond.