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 

Always Room Luke 14:15-24

“Go out into the roads and lanes, and compel people to come in, so my house may be filled.”

Luke 14:23

 

What if you made preparations for a huge party, inviting everybody you knew?  The list of those to be invited was made and invitations were sent out. You were so excited to see people around the table and in the backyard.  The only problem was; your party was not a priority to those you invited. Maybe if there was nothing better to do that day they may have attended, but the day of your party folks made other plans that sounded more fun. We all have been offered a seat at the table of the Lord; the invitation written by the very hand of God. Trouble is, the invitation can easily get lost in the shuffle of life.  God waits for us to accept because our presence means so much to God. In fact, God sent Jesus to show the way to the banquet, and made acceptance pretty straight-forward. God’s grace will not allow one seat at the table to go empty; weird thing is everybody has an invitation but sometimes people need to be reminded, we need to be reminded that “in my Father’s house there are many rooms.” The call goes out to everyone and the only RSVP required is accepting the grace that has been offered through Jesus Christ. Make the love of God through Jesus Christ your priority, it is your choice. And for those who believe they are not worthy of receiving an invitation, they are called as well, in fact they are sought out to make sure they know the breadth of God’s love in their lives. There is always room at the Lord’s Table; you don’t need an engraved invitation, only faith and faith alone.  Thank you Jesus for seeking us out.

 

Pastor Tom Joyce



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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