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 

The Saints John 11:25-44

“Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.”

John 11:26

 

We live in a world that becomes more and more complex by the day; maybe this is an understatement to the reality of our culture. But God, in mercy and grace, has made at least our faith journey a bit simpler, if we allow the Word to come alive through our Lord Jesus Christ. The story of Mary and Martha in the Bible testifies to the simplicity of faith that calls us to believe, just believe. Believing is easier said than done for those who want answers to the unanswerable. The more we try to answer questions of life and death, the more we make our lives more difficult. The Christian faith comes down to the resurrection of Jesus Christ that we celebrate on Easter. Jesus calls us to believe, just believe that because he was raised from the dead, those who have lived in faith are celebrating eternal life when their mortal lives have come to an end. The saints we speak of and celebrate in our lives are those whose focus was on Christ and witnessed a joy to us that transcended explanation. There is no doubt when we lose someone to death, we grieve our human loss; it hurts. Martha came to Jesus when her brother Lazarus died expecting an explanation, but instead received an eternal affirmation that transcends any temporal explanation she sought. Jesus offered no explanation or platitude, but simply hope when he told Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me though they die will live and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11:25,26) The saints are those who witnessed these words of hope to us; they will always be a part of our lives because they shared the gift they now realize. Jesus calls us to believe, just believe, and to have faith in the One who is beyond explanation. William How testified to our faith in our time of loss when he wrote, “O blest communion, fellowship divine, we feebly struggle they in glory shine; yet all are one, in [you], for all are [yours].” (“For All the Saints.” #711 UMH) For all the saints, O Lord we give you thanks; thanks for their lives they lived among us and their eternal live they now celebrate. 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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