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 @ 9 & 11 AM
 

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

Favor With God Luke 1:26-38

“And the angel said to her, do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.”

Luke 1:30

 

Do you know that you have found favor with God? Most would probably say no, “I have done too much or too little to find favor with God; I am not worthy to find favor with God.” Throughout salvation history, God used flawed, broken people to proclaim God’s favor to the world. God enters our human existence with all its bumps and bruises, trials and tribulations, and seemingly impossible circumstances to offer hope and assurance that God has not abandoned us. Christmas witnesses God’s true love for us in the birth of Jesus, an ordinary life event with extraordinary consequences. Life can be scary at times, just as it certainly must have been for Mary as she was visited by an angel proclaiming God’s gift to the world through her, lowly as she was. Mary rose to the calling God placed upon her through her willingness to be part of salvation history, her profession of faith, “Here I am, the servant of the Lord,” and giving birth to Jesus the Christ who transformed the world and continues to transform lives, giving comfort to those whose souls are troubled, legs are weak, and eyes weary with despair. You, even now, have found favor with God. You have been offered the precious gift of grace and certainty even in the midst of an uncertain world. Jesus’ plea is even clearer now than it was when he spoke these words, “come to me, you who are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest;” in other words, no matter who you are, you have found favor with God and you will find rest for your weary soul. Thank you Jesus, for the gift of new life.
 
Pastor Tom



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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