Holy Week Schedule

 Holy Thursday ~ April 18 @ 7PM

Community Cross Walk ~ April 19 @ 5:30 PM 

Holy Friday ~ April 19 @ 7 PM

Easter Sunday ~ April 21 @ 6:30, 9 & 11 AM
 

 Sunday Worship:  9 & 11 AM  /             Hispanic Worship 10 AM 

Pastor Tom’s Christmas Prayer

racious God, this Christmas season we celebrate the birth of your Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  This year, as every year, we need you more than ever. When Jesus was born, you entered into the wilderness of our lives, offering us hope and the joy of knowing that where ever our journey leads, you are with us now, even to the end of the age.  Dear Lord, remind us of the gifts we have received throughout our years; the precious moments that you have given us and the love you have shared that has no bounds.  We do pray for those who struggle through difficult times of loss, and those caring for loved ones.  You are born to us in uncertain times; so many in our midst are struggling with loss, health issues, economic challenges, and emotional struggles. We pray for those who are lonely, mourning, and searching for meaning in their lives. We pray for those who are hungry and thirsty on a daily basis. May the miracle of the birth of Jesus Christ inspire each of us to witness your Good News to those around us. As we celebrate Christmas may we never forget the reality of the cross and your empty tomb. Empower us to fully live out the mission to which you have called us; “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Keep us fervent in prayer, forgiving in heart and gracious in living. As we wrap and unwrap presents this year, remind us that our faithful presence with another is profoundly the most important gift we can offer. In the name of our precious Savior, born a child yet a king, we pray. Amen



Pastor Tom’s Prayer for Lent                                                                                                                                                            Gracious and merciful God, as we enter into the season of Lent, in preparation for the grand celebration of the resurrection of your son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, help us to draw closer to you, not only leaving behind what has been hindering us from a closer relationship with you but also ridding ourselves of those things that keep us from truly loving others as we are loved by you. May we take time to consider your Word of grace, mercy, and peace. So often we give things up during this season only to pick them back up again and continue down the path we have always taken. Forgive us, Lord, for not seeking you out and for taking ourselves more seriously than we take you. Forgive us, Lord for not forgiving others as we have been forgiven, not offering grace as we have been offered grace, for putting ourselves in the position of judge and jury over the people you love. Anoint us by the power of your Holy Spirit to be set free from all that hinders us from you and celebrating the lives of others. May we, from this point forward live lives transformed by your grace, celebrating every moment we have been given as a gift from you. During this season of Lent, help us to take time to be holy and truly live as Easter people, walking in the way that leads to life eternal. In Jesus’ Name.  Amen   During the season of Lent, the Sunday sermon series will be, “For the people Jesus loved.”  Please read and pray over the texts for each week.  Remember the words of Jesus according to John 3:17: “God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world but in order that the world may be saved through him.” Take time, even 15 minutes a day to pray for all of God’s people, especially for those you do not understand or perhaps even dislike remembering they are beloved children of God just as you are beloved. As we “give up” things for Lent, may we continue to give them up beyond these 40 days and “take up” those things that offer peace, love, hope, and joy to others. Sunday Scripture texts: March 10:  Matthew 18:10-14.   March 17: Matthew 18:15-20.  March 24:  Matthew 18:21-22.  March 31: Matthew 20:1-16.  April 7:  Matthew 11:25-30.   Scripture to consider throughout the season of Lent:  Romans 8:34-39, John 3:16-17, Luke 23:34, Philippians 2:1-11.   I invite you to celebrate the holy season of Lent and may you draw even closer to the heart of God so that your witness may offer the hope, peace, grace, and joy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.                                                                                                                                                          Pastor Tom

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