Beauty of Foolishness
Rev. Terri J. Echelbarger
Thursday, 5 March 2015
Purim reminds us that everything turns and changes, and that we can find holiness in the surprise twists and turns of our own story.
Velveteen Rabbi

Dear Peninsula MCC Friend:

Very few people would claim that the book of Esther is historic. It reads more like a dramatic play with a plot full of twists and turns. In my mind some of the characters are in drag. On Purim this book of the Hebrew Bible is read aloud in the synagogue, a story of the Jews escaping the genocide planned for them. There are heroes, a villain, and an easily manipulated King. One hero is Esther, the villain is Haman, and whenever his name is mentioned the congregation boo’s, makes noise … and generally drowns his name out. To the uninitiated it might even seem like foolishness unworthy of the synagogue. Nothing could be further from the truth.

God sometimes uses our foolishness, and other times, turns our wisdom on its ear. God is a specialist in inverting things. In the book of first Corinthians it says “For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength. …. God chose those whom the world considers foolish to shame the wise, and singled out the weak of this world to shame the strong.” Often this reads more like a promise than reality – but every once in a while, we see it. I can't help but picture God laughing. That's worth celebrating.

Blessings,

Rev. Terri J. Echelbarger
Senior Pastor, Peninsula MCC

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, March 8: Third Sunday of Lent: Let your Light Shine: "The Beauty of Foolishness." Meditation in the Zen Tradition follows at 3pm. 11am, Bible in 90 Days, in Pine Room.

Wednesday, March 11, 6pm: Lenten Series - A simple service, followed by a short program (out by 7:30). The theme is: Darkness of Mystery. Meet at Congregational Church of Belmont, 751 Alameda de las Pulgas. The Bible in 90 Days meets 7pm at PMCC (Daniel 9 – Matthew 36).

Sunday, March 15: Fourth Sunday of Lent: Let your light shine "House of Fear to House of Love." Community Coffee Hour this week in honor of St. Patrick, bring something to share! 11am, Bible in 90 Days, meets at Bagel Shop in Laurelwood Shopping Center.

Wednesday, March 18, 6pm: Lenten Series - A Simple, followed by a short program (out by 7:30). The theme is: Darkness of Fear and Worry. Meet at UCC San Carlos, 1366 Arroyo Ave, San Carlos. The Bible in 90 Days meets 7pm at PMCC (Matthew 27 – Acts 5)

Friday, March 20, 7:30pm: Taize with College Heights at 1150 W. Hillsdale, SM

Sunday, March 22, fifth Sunday of Lent: Home Restoration. Meditation in the Zen Tradition follows at 3pm. 11am, Bible in 90 Days, meets in Pine Room.

Wednesday, March 25, Bible in 90 Days meets at PMCC (Acts 6 – Philemon)

Sunday, March 29, Palm Sunday, Sharon Henry Preaching (her last Sunday with us). 11am, Bible in 90 Days, meets in Pine Room.

Wednesday, April 1: Bible in 90 Days meets at PMCC (Hebrews 1 – END!!!)

Thursday, April 2: 7:30 pm – Maundy Thursday gathering.

Friday, April 3: Noon – 3 Traditional watch hours at PMCC, and 7pm Service at PMCC

Sunday, April 5 – Happy Easter!

Saturday, June 6 (DATE CHANGE!) 5:30-10:30pm: Peninsula MCC's 10th Anniversary Party! The theme is Hollywood and there's plenty of time to shop! Lots of surprises (think Red Carpet!) are being prepared for a great celebration. We hope many people from the past 10 years will celebrate with us. Tickets will go on sale soon.

Saturday, June 13: San Mateo Pride.