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 

Infinite Value Mark 12:38-44

“For all of them contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

Mark 12:44


In our consumer-driven culture, we seek to place a value on all that we buy; often times proclaiming the deal we made before we even describe what was purchased. So what is the value of our faith? What is the value of being part of the church? For the person who put in all she had to continue the ministry of Jesus the value was far more than she could ever pay. She did not give out of her abundance, but from her heart and soul to something that had infinite value not only to her but to all it reached. So what is the value of being part of a church? A veteran of World War II carried these words by William Henry Boddy into battle and every day of his life: “Before I was born, My Church gave to my parents ideals of life and love that made my home a place of strength and beauty. In helpless infancy, My Church joined my parents in consecrating me to Christ and in baptizing me in His Name. My Church enriched my childhood with romance and religion and the lessons of life that have been woven into the texture of my soul. Sometimes I seem to have forgotten and then when else I might surrender to foolish and futile ideals of life, the truths My Church taught me become radiant, insistent and inescapable. In the stress and storm of adolescence, My Church heard the surge of my soul, and she guided my footsteps by lifting my eyes to the stars. When first my heart knew the strange awakening of love, My Church taught me to chasten and spiritualize my affections. She sanctified my marriage and blessed my home. When my heart was seamed with sorrow and I thought the sun could never shine again, My Church drew me to the friend of all the weary and whispered to me the hope of another morning, eternal and tearless. When my steps have slipped and I have known the bitterness of sin, My Church believed in me and wooingly she has called me back to live within the heights of myself. Now have come the children dearer to me than life itself and My Church is helping me train them for all joyous and clean Christly living. My Church calls me to her heart she asks for my service and loyalty. She has a right to ask it. I will help her do for others what she has done for me. In this place in which I live, I will help her keep the flame and aloft the torch of a living faith. Amen” Thank you Jesus for the incredible privilege to serve and the amazing grace to share.

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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