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 

Future with Hope Jeremiah 29:11-13

“For surely I know the plans I have for     you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm.”

Jeremiah 29:11

 

Life can be interesting to say the least! There are times when the sun never stops shining and the gentle breeze cools our brow. Then there are times of new beginnings which are both exciting but uncertain. No matter where your journey of life is leading you and no matter if there are detours along the way, our Lord promises to “neither leave you or forsake you.” That is the hope you are offered through faith, that no matter where life seems to be leading, the Lord says, “do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name and you are mine…because you are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you.” (Isaiah 43:1,4) There is hope because you are so loved and so honored that God will never let you go, never. In Christ there is always hope. Here is the proof; Christ died on the cross for everybody and many thought that was the end of life. But then on the third day he rose and is alive absolutely proving God’s love for us now and forever! You have a future with hope because you are blessed with the “now” of Christ, proof that no matter what God is with you. Some see God as a condemning God and a God full of anger. Yet our God, the one who promised to be with us, “even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20), loves us too much not to want the best for us. With the eyes of faith, you can see the love of God played out in miracles that surround you every moment of your life. Sometimes miracles are tough to see but it is by faith, “the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things unseen” (Hebrews 11:1) that your future is bright and full of the love that created the universe. Look to the future with hope, because you live in the present with Christ. God is good all the time!

 

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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