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 

Holy Convocation

“Six days shall work be done; but the seventh day is a Sabbath of complete rest, a holy convocation…”

Leviticus 23:3


So a day off is just not a day off, it is a “holy convocation,” a sacred time “called” by God for the purpose of rest. Sabbath time is an assembling of people for the specific purpose of remembering God and the blessings we have received. Time away can be individual but what makes Sabbath holy is the presence of God and the people of God together as one body focusing on their eternal relationship with God. When Jesus said to Peter, “you are Peter, the rock, and upon this rock I will build my church,” he was not talking about a building rather he was talking about the gathering of God’s people to refocus and recommit to God. God says, “you shall do no work: it is a Sabbath to the Lord throughout your settlements.” (Lev. 23:3). God offered you a gift of time away and maybe celebrating the holy convocation of Sabbath is a gift right back to God; God wants you to celebrate your life and your celebration of life must give incredible joy to our Lord. God’s intent for you is to celebrate the gift we call life, but how can you truly celebrate the gift if you are constantly “at work?” A relationship will never survive if time is not taken just to celebrate the relationship. So it is with our relationship with God; if we do not take time apart to celebrate our relationship with God then just as with our human relationships, it will grow weaker. God knows it is hard for us to take a rest, check out the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:4-17. Commandment number four, “remember the Sabbath,” requires the longest definition because it is so hard for us to justify the time, let alone take the time. Check out your calendar; does it allow you time to strengthen your relationship with God? Does your schedule include a healthy time away to recharge and reconnect through worship? When our relationship with God is strong, all other relationships are strengthened as well. So celebrate the “Holy Convocation” of Sabbath and know the joy that God, through our Risen Savior Jesus Christ, offers to you. Thank you Jesus for the privilege of taking time with you.
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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