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 

One in Christ – Eph. 4:1-6

“I Therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called.”

Ephesians 4:1  

We have been “called” by God and to live a life worthy of that calling.  So, you may ask, “what am I called to be?”  We are called by God to be part of something greater than ourselves while at the same time not letting this grand invitation to go to our heads. Consider the call of God to be fully engaged in a community that defies all cultural and societal definition and barriers.  God calls each of us to celebrate all people regardless of how we may think of them. Imagine a world that has diversity but at the same time oneness of purpose; that purpose could well be “making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:3) The dirty little secret is that we do not all have to agree with each other but we still are called to have compassion and to offer grace without judgment or condemnation.  What if we who are called could just lighten up on each other and even go so far as bear one another’s burden with the love of Christ?  What if we who are called to the one hope of the reality of Jesus the Christ alive in the world truly mirror what Jesus did to share the love of God with a world that was, and continues to be, often times tough to understand let alone love. We are called to celebrate what God has given us and the people that have been put in our path and along the way. Our calling as the Body of Christ is to see the world as Christ sees the world, to build unity even and especially in our diversity; in fact, our diversity of gifts, attitudes, and personalities contribute to the unity of the whole, sewing together a mosaic where every piece has sacred value. God does not call us just to reach out to those who are like us, rather we are called to reach out to all people regardless of who they are and what they believe. So what do we have when all kinds of people come together with different backgrounds, personalities, opinions, nationalities, preferences, and life experiences?  When all that stuff comes together mixing in the diversity of gifts, we have the Church of Jesus Christ that is open to all people.  Thank you Jesus.
Rev. 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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