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 

“Jesus” Revelation 1:4-8

“I am the Alpha and the Omega”

Revelation 1:8

  Someone once said that the only constant in the world is change and for that most part that is true. The seasons change as does the weather. Technology changes daily. The amount of information now available to us is immense due to scientific discoveries not to mention almost universal internet access. The opinions of others are now open for all to see which can have an impact on how we think and approach our lives. Change can be a scary thing because it brings into question what always brought comfort even in the most uncertain times. Change has also saved lives and connected us with so many different people and ideas which has broadened our view of the world and its people. There is no doubt change affects everybody. A scribe for a king once wrote, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) We know with every coming season there is change and with every day new experiences challenge us and at the same time enrich us. Life is truly a journey and with every step we take a new adventure unfolds. Jesus reminds us that in the midst of change and at times an unsettling world, he is constant and has been from the beginning of time; “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Though our lives change and at times seem to be wildly out of control there is Jesus, offering hope in the midst of hopelessness, peace in the midst of uncertain times, joy in the midst sorrow and heart-ache. When the winds of change and the reality of sin take you in a direction that is uncertain, cling to the One who before you were born knew you, “the Alpha;” and the same One who promised to be with you even to the end of the age, “the Omega.” Bottom line is, no matter the changes that take place in your life and all around you, the one constant is your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If you ever wonder who Jesus is, consider who was there from the beginning of time and who will be with you “from this time on and forevermore.” Jesus is all about the amazing love of God which will never let you go. There is nothing in this world, no change, no nothing that will separate you from the “love of Christ Jesus our Lord.” 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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