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Worship Service Sunday March 20, 2022

Welcome to our online worship service today.


You can follow along in the bulletin below.

You will also find the Announcements below.


You can search Edison Lutheran in YouTube to find all the current and past services.

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WORSHIP SERVICE





Download Bulletin


2022.03.20 Lent 3 ELW 5 online final
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Go in Peace. Christ is with you.


Download Announcements


2022.3.20 announce pg
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(Sermon Reflection - click HERE for a work sheet that you can use to help reflect on the sermon. Also feel free to reflect on the sermon in the comment section. The comment section can help us stay connected through this time)



And please comment below for any reflections or sharing of peace. If you have trouble leaving comments, please email the church. Please contact us to let us know what was good and helpful, and what could be improved.


 




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I thank you very much for your insight. If I read this correctly, God speaks to us through others or what we perceive by turning outward to the world and its needs. That's where God will speak to us and we will understand what we need to do (and that will fill our hearts with joy)~ to help others... (we're not the center of the universe!) Thank you so much...

But You're right about questions too... the image of monks in a cell, praying for hours in silence comes to mind (?)

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Pastor John
Pastor John
Mar 21, 2022
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Janis, that's exactly right! We're not the center of the universe, and thank God for that!


As for the monks in a cell, remember that Luther himself was a monk for many years, and he came to regard almost everything he had spent so much energy on during his time in the monastery as fruitless. It was introspective, dedicated to spiritual self improvement, and as a result was full of anxiety and bore little useful fruit. He was never certain of what God thought of him, because he was always turned inward to his own sin. It wasn't until he became captivated by his encounters with God's word outside of himself that he finally learned what it was to trust…

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Then to repent (to turn around completely) must require not only an awareness of one's own sinfulness but a new attitude & perspective about any significance placed on our own circumstances in comparison to others, that our good fortune in material goods is not a blessing from God because God's gifts are bestowed within us, and we are responsible for ourselves without judgement about others. Our new perspective should have respect for others as well as gratefulness for our own blessings, whatever they may be. That attitude will provide an inner joy which we can share and I imagine will please God.

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Pastor John
Mar 21, 2022
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Janis, another way of talking about this repentance is that we are turned outward rather than inward. One definition of sin used by Luther is to be "turned in on one's self" so that we only see our own selves and lose sight of all that is outside us. We become captivated by what's inside us, and spend all our energy trying to feed our own desires (even religious desires!) rather than actually bearing fruit. Our culture encourages us to "navel-gaze" like this when it tells us to follow our heart or focus on bettering ourselves for our own sake, but it is actually a trap that removes us from what's beyond us: God's word and our neighbor.


When God…


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