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 

Beyond the Miraculous John 4:46-54

“The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started on his way.”

John 4:50

  We are a people who demand proof; words are meaningless without results. Jesus performed many miracles, including miraculous healings, yet the story does not end with the miracle, rather the miracle only sheds light on the path beyond it. Miracles abound to be sure; they are seen, celebrated and often times relegated to the storehouse of memories. The proof of what Jesus can do is in the miracle itself, whether a healing or feeding the multitudes with a few loaves of bread and some dried fish. But life does not stop at the point of the miraculous, it only begins. When we begin to fully appreciate the presence of God in the miracles around us, then we begin to feel our relationship strengthen with God. Some demand signs and proof, but what is truly needed is Jesus. Soaking up miracles is a great thing, there is no doubt. Some call those times mountaintop experiences; they do not happen often, but when they do, God is revealed in amazing ways. How often do we stop once the proof of God’s presence is revealed? How often do we move on from the time of witnessing the miraculous to doing what we have always done? If we see the miracles around us as signs pointing to the continuing presence of God in our lives, then we will more understand the gift that has been received. Miracles are a lot like grace, we do not deserve them but they keep coming our way. Look beyond what Jesus is doing in your life to see who Jesus truly is and experience, in the words of Cory Asbury, the “overwhelming, never-ending reckless love of God.” 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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