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 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 

Futility of Anger

“Let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce     God’s Righteousness.”

James 1:19,20

 

Sleepless nights, hatred, misunderstanding, anxiety, stress; the list goes on and on when it comes to the negative influence anger has on our lives. It seems as though the path most traveled is one of uninformed responses causing out of proportion knee-jerk reactions which ultimately leads to a breakdown of communication and unmitigated anger. There is some good news, really good news that can smooth the rough edges, where “every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level. Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed…” (Isaiah 40:4-5) Through our Lord Jesus Christ God’s will for us is revealed; that we accept the grace, peace, hope, and power that can only come from God. When we accept the Good News of Jesus Christ, anger becomes a thing of the past, and out of control reactions are replaced by ears that listen and a heart that is ready to offer grace when we agree with somebody or not, whether they have the same faith, political leaning, socio-economic standing, or any other classification that we, not God, has established. One thing about God, we are all the same; God neither discriminates nor reacts in anger. The purity of God’s love overshadows and destroys petty bickering, self-centered actions, and human judgment. Imagine how our lives would be different if each of us would rush to listen to the opinions of somebody else and accept them even without agreeing; imagine how our lives would change if our anger would be replaced by God’s grace; imagine the barriers that would be removed if we took the time to understand how somebody else feels. Just imagine. Guess what, it is not a fantasy to actually share God’s grace, it is a reality, and it is available to all who believe. Jesus died on the cross for all people, those who believe and those who do not, those who show mercy and those who do not; the cross represents a new beginning for each of us and an opportunity to accept a new life that is so incredibly freeing that our very being is a symphony of thanksgiving. Faith in Jesus Christ is a lifestyle that witnesses a far better way to live. So, what is holding us back? Thank you Jesus for another opportunity to get it right.
 

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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