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 @ 6:30, 9 & 11 AM
 

 Sunday Worship:  9 & 11 AM  /             Hispanic Worship 10 AM 

For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost”

The story of Zacchaeus is strange to our ears and maybe even weird by today’s standards.  Jesus calls a man out of a tree and then tells him, “I must stay at your house today.” (Luke 19:6) There are times when our voice cannot be heard above the noise of the crowd yet God still hears the cry of our soul.   God’s grace extends to those who are marginalized by society but incredibly loved by God. Have you ever felt lost in a crowd; unnoticed, unheard, or even perhaps despised? Have you ever felt God may have forgotten you?  Jesus invites himself into lives who do not know how much they are loved by God, no matter how society may view them. Funny thing about Jesus; he will not wait for an invitation from you because he is seeking you out and can’t wait for you to accept his invitation that has already been written on your soul from the time you were conceived. Just as God proclaimed to Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. And before you were born I consecrated you,” (Jeremiah 1:5) God proclaims to you. God has known you from the time you were conceived, loved you all your life and will even to the end of the age. You are important to God and God through Jesus will seek you out, even if you find yourself forced by life “up a tree” with seemingly no way down; God makes a way out of no way. There is nothing that will separate you from the love of God, “neither death nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation.” (Romans 8:38,39) Thank you Jesus for always loving us and seeking us out no matter who we are, what we have done, or where we find ourselves in this life.
 

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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