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 @ 6:30, 9 & 11 AM
 

 Sunday Worship:  9 & 11 AM  /             Hispanic Worship 10 AM 

Proclaim Luke 8:26-39

“Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.”

Luke 8:39

American Express proclaims in its advertising, “membership has its privileges.” So what about the Body of Christ, the church; what does it offer that can be found nowhere else; what “privileges” come with being a part of something that has been around for millennia, from the beginning of time? Jesus calls us to “consider” the beauty of the lilies and the love from God that created the world that is around us. When God touches our lives, we are called to consider God’s presence, but not just for our benefit but especially for the benefit of others. The blessing of membership in the holy Body of Christ is the privilege to proclaim God’s grace to those who may be challenged in this life, or have a feeling of being alone, lost, or marginalized. Faith is to be used, and God’s presence is intended to be shared; proclaimed. God uses all sorts of people to proclaim the Good News of the saving grace of Jesus Christ and they all have one thing in common; they are not perfect. In fact, quite the opposite; the people God chooses to serve and proclaim have challenges to be sure but also lean on the “everlasting arms” of Jesus to equip and empower them. Jesus calls each of us to “Go!” Go let folks know what God is doing in the world. Go let people know that God’s grace is intended especially for those who are “weary and carrying heavy burdens.” Go tell the community beyond the walls of the church that our strength comes from the Lord and that strength is given through those who journey with us as part of the church. Go tell about God who loves “me,” even and especially “me;” the same love that loves you, especially you. People need to know the “privileges” of living a life of faith and proclaiming God’s love to the world. Here are just some of the privileges offered by God; joy, peace, hope, grace, mercy, forgiveness, and the affirmation that you will never be alone and that God will be with you always, “even to the end of the age.” Thank you Jesus for the privilege of being your child and part of your Holy Body, the church, where all are welcome, no exceptions.
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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