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 

As Promised Matthew 6:25-33

“But strive first for the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you as well.”

Matthew 6:33

 

The season of Thanksgiving is an interesting time to be sure; our focus is on our tables and who may, or may not, be with us this year. Plans are made to prepare the prefect meal. Looming in the background is Christmas and all that goes along with preparing for celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. There are many who enter this time with worry. What will we prepare? Will we have enough food? Will we have any food at all? Will there be presents under the tree? Will we regain our health to enjoy the upcoming days? So many questions, so much worry. If we are not careful, we will worry ourselves to the point of missing out on the presence of God, which ought to be our primary focus. When the pace of life quickens, we often times cannot slow down long enough even to give thanks to God for the bounty we have received. Jesus offers an alternative; slow down and refocus on what God has done and what God is doing in your life. Maybe our focus should always be on why we celebrate and why we give thanks to God in the first place. No matter whether we feel rich or poor, we have treasure that is invaluable and eternal. In the midst of life, wherever the journey may be leading we have the promise of Jesus to “be with us even to the end of the age.”(Matthew 28:20) Pretty simple really; unfortunately worry often times obscures the reality of the grace and presence of God and makes our lives far more complex than what God has intended for us. We will drive ourselves crazy if we worry about our lives; the pressure will mount if our focus is on the celebration rather than what is celebrated. So here is a simple prescription for worry; “strive first for the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Strive first to know God through our Risen Savior Jesus Christ and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free from the worries we create that can make life miserable. Thank Jesus every moment and regain the focus of your life, which should always be primarily on God, who not only provides in this life, but also in the life to come. 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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