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 

Your Shade Psalm 121

“My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”

Psalm 121:2

 

Someone once said, “when God seems far off, that is when God is most near.” God is our creator and has redeemed us through Jesus Christ but life can sometimes obscure our view of God, who “neither slumbers nor sleeps.” (Psalm 121:4) It is easy to see God’s glory when everything is going in the right direction for us but there are times when life can get in the way of God, at least from our perspective. Though we have been baptized into the Body of Christ, we may question our faith especially at times of greatest need. Maybe God carries us more than we know. A wonderful poem, “Footsteps,” offers a view of life that affirms when life is the toughest, God carries us. Maybe there is more to God’s presence than being carried when times are tough. Our assurance is that not only are we carried by God during tough times but we are carried all the time; we just do not envision our life needing to be “carried” until we deem carrying is necessary. The point is, we need God all the time, whether in times of great need or in times of great joy. Often times our Christian faith is lambasted for being judgmental, hypocritical and close-minded; truth is we live in a judgmental, hypocritical, and close-minded world that needs the redeeming grace of Jesus Christ more than ever. The assurance of the Christian faith is the eternal presence of Jesus Christ that offers hope, peace, grace, and joy; all that is needed is to turn back, accept Jesus as Savior and celebrate the gift of eternal life that is found in Jesus Christ our Lord. Pretty simple, but hardly simplistic. It is our living Savior that offers respite (shade) from our challenges. Celebrate your faith every moment of every day knowing that your “Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forever more.” (Psalm 121:8) You are never alone. God is truly good, all the time. Thank you Jesus!
 

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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