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 

Unanswered Prayers 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

“Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.”

2 Corinthians 12:10

  When life becomes overwhelming and clouds hang dark and heavy, we suffer; we hurt physically and emotionally. So we turn to prayer, fervent prayer for relief. Well-meaning folks proclaim they are praying for us in our time of greatest need, and that is good. Prayer is our lifeline, and those who pray for us are certainly appreciated, yet…. Sometimes it seems all the praying in the world does nothing to soothe our suffering and at times can make us feel abandoned by God. The question is, does God truly answer all prayers or do some go unanswered? Prayer in its essence is our communication with God; Jesus prayed continually and John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Movement called each of us to “pray without ceasing.” Perhaps prayer is less about giving God a “to do” list and more about us humbly acknowledging that we cannot bear our burden alone, and we need the one who invites us to “come to me, all you who are weary and carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your weary soul.” (Matthew 11:28-30) Maybe our prayer life is more about seeking God’s strength when we feel weak, God’s hope when we feel hopeless, God’s wisdom when we feel there is nowhere to turn, being fully and completely convinced that nothing “in all creation, will ever be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:39) Someone once wrote that “when God seems most distant, that is when God is most near.” God’s will for you is not that you suffer or feel overwhelmed or overcome by life’s twists and turns, but rather God’s will for you is that no matter where your journey is leading and the difficulties you find along the way, you are never alone and will be strengthened for the journey that lies before you, even and especially in your weakness. Take comfort that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ promises to be with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20) Thank you Jesus.
 

 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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