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 

Be Alert Luke 21:25-36

“Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Luke 21:36

 

Christians throughout the world begin the season of Advent this week, a time of great anticipation and hope for today with an eye on the future. Advent is an interesting time to be sure because we find ourselves in the present, a present that for some is unsettling and uncertain. There are signs just as Jesus described so the question is, are we at the end of our time? There is a 100% chance that at some point, life will end as we know it today. But that does not mean we cannot celebrate what we have and truly grab onto the affirmation of everlasting life that the birth of Jesus affirms. Jesus calls us to focus on what is truly real and never-ending and to be alert to those things that distract, if not overwhelm, us in our daily life. If we are so absorbed on what might happen or trying to predict what the future holds, we may lose sight on what God did offer to us in Christ Jesus. When we dull our senses with complacency or worry, we miss a huge part of life and what will keep us going for all eternity. Be alert for the signs, not of the end but of the beginning; live for the joy of knowing, despite the world and personal challenges, that God will strengthen and God will offer hope and renewal. Be alert to God working in you, and be alert for God’s grace being offered to you. Be alert to the needs of others and use what God has given you today to make a difference in those lives. Growing in faith does not include speculating on when the world will end or worrying about things that are beyond our control rather, growing in faith is being focused on Jesus working in the midst of times such as these and be guided by Jesus to serve all those for whom Christ died. Thank you Jesus.
 

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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