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 

A Ministry of Reconcilation 2 Corinthians 5:16-20

“In Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.”

2 Corinthians 5:19

 

The amazing thing about God is that we are sought out by God no matter where our current path in life is leading. Even more amazing is the grace offered by God to everybody. God so much wants us back to truly know what the joy of faith is all about that Jesus became one of us, assumed all the stuff that kept us from an eternal relationship with God and nailed it to a cross. The good news is that there is no scorecard; God doesn’t hover over us giving marks for bad behavior rather meets us where we are in life and offers an alternative that can bring us back into relationship through Jesus Christ to have another chance. You have received this gift of reconciliation with God by grace and grace alone. The gift you have been given needs to be celebrated and shared; it is not intended to be put on a shelf somewhere or kept to yourself. Your witness is important, critically important, as is the ministry of the Christian church. It seems like God calls us to mirror the love that has been shared with us to those around us, regardless of how we may think of them. As St. Paul writes in his Letter to The Romans, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink.” (Romans 12:20) Imagine a world that people look at one another as “joint heirs” to the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ rather than as adversaries. Know the true joy of living; be reconciled to God and share the gift of reconciliation with the world around you. “Do not be overcome with evil but overcome evil with good.” Thank you Jesus for your ministry of reconciliation with us; empower and equip us to do likewise. Amen
 

 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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