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 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 

“Asleep but in control” Luke 8:22-25

“and while they were sailing he fell asleep.”

Luke 8:23

  Imagine the feeling you would have if the person you depended on fell asleep when you needed them the most. Imagine the feeling of being out of control knowing the person in charge seems to be fully unaware of impending disaster. When Jesus took a short trip with his disciples across a notoriously dangerous lake, he felt so secure that he fell fast asleep. Jesus knew the lake and Jesus knew his disciples, but most importantly Jesus had complete faith and trust in his God. Jesus had no problem sleeping, even in the midst of the storms of life that at times kick up out of nowhere. The power of God is so immense that with just a word the raging storms of life can be stilled; it is by this same power the universe was created and we were redeemed. When our full faith and trust is with God, we sleep well knowing that our God “neither slumbers nor sleeps. (Psalm 121:4) Wanting to be in control of all things can have devastating consequences for our temporal and eternal lives; when we fail to trust God we fail ourselves and those around us. The Disciples reacted to the storm with fear and panic; Jesus reacted to the storm with trust and faith. God calls each of us to “let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:5) When the storms of life are raging, and the weight of sin and trying to be in control is destroying your life and all you touch, it is time to just let “Jesus take the wheel, save me from the road I am on.” (Carrie Underwood) Step aside and in faith and trust; just give up trying to have all the answers. Allow the still small voice of God calm your fears and set free your soul to celebrate the joy of true faith. Jesus never denied that challenges would come our way, he just lets us know that in the midst of the storm, God is there and always will be, “even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

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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