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 

All Things Philippians 4:10-13

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

Philippians 4:13

There is a joy to be experienced that does not come in wealth or in poverty, in good health or in bad. Joy is the realization that our present condition does not define who we are rather Joy is knowing that in whatever circumstance, with the presence of Christ we “can do all things through him who strengthens [us].” (Phil. 4:13) To be content living in the joy of the Lord is all about being convinced, absolutely convinced, that nothing will separate you from the “love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:39) O sometimes the waters will rise and disrupt if not destroy the security of home and community. There are times when the “clouds hang dark and heavy and won’t let the sun shine through.” In all these times and in all these places your strength comes from the Lord. God’s hands do not suddenly appear from the heavens ready to reach down and pluck you out of your misery or challenging time, rather the hands of God are truly from those responding to the call that is on every Christian soul. You are strengthened by the prayers of the faithful, and through those who reach out in Christian love in times of deep distress or uncertainty. Maybe that is why St. Paul testified that he has “learned to be content in whatever [he has.]” (Phil. 4:11) There is power in the affirmation that you can do all things through him who gives strength because it redirects our focus from our own challenges to the healing presence of Christ our Lord. The celebration, the true celebration of faith is the affirmation that God is with you, no matter where your path may lead. You are never alone, no never alone because of the “everlasting arms” of our Lord and Savior which surround you now, even to the end of the age. Thank you Jesus for the precious gift of your joy.
 
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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