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 

God Will Never Let You Go Matthew 18:10-14

“If a shepherd has 100 sheep and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the 99 on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?”

Matthew 18:12

  To God, nobody is a lost cause; to God all people no matter what they have done are precious and beloved by God. Every once in a while, some more than others, we do things that we regret and sometimes what we do makes us feel unworthy of even God’s love. When we judge ourselves and others by human standards, we often leave the witness of Jesus the Christ out of the equation. The Christian church this week enters into the season of Lent, a time of reflection and introspection, a time of considering the amazing grace and mercy of God. Far from a condemning God, God seeks out especially those who have lost their way in life, and celebrates their return. Jesus says according John 3:17, “God did not come into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world may be saved through him.” You will never go far enough away that God will not seek you out; you will never do something that when you turn back to God’s everlasting arms that you will not be welcomed back home. You are celebrated and loved by God, no matter who you are and no matter how far sin has taken you astray. When we confess who we are, we begin to understand that the one “who never slumbers nor sleeps” is with us always, even when we do or say dumb things. The world may turn its back on you, but God never will. Take comfort and be convinced that there is nothing, absolutely nothing that will separate you from “the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:39) Thank you Jesus for seeking us out and loving us enough to find us, no matter how far we have strayed from you.

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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