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 

Well Pleased Luke 17:21-22

“You are my Son, the beloved, with you I am well pleased.”

Luke 17:22

  When Jesus was baptized, God ushered into the world amazing grace and a totally new way of viewing life. Baptism is the affirmation you are not only loved, you amazingly loved for who you are in God’s eyes; baptism is an outward sign of an inward grace that was given to you from the time you were conceived. No matter what you have done in the past, God has redeemed you, and has called you by name today. God doesn’t keep a scorecard of your past life and continually reminds you of what you have done. In God’s eyes, you are beloved enough to be given another chance now; all that stuff that you have regretted and held you back from fully realizing the amazing love of God (sin) has been washed away. When you turn back to God, repent, you will know the joy that comes with living a life of faith. Joy is knowing that where ever the journey of life takes you, God is with you, to strengthen, to encourage, to equip you to “run and not be weary, to walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31) Remember that God loves you more than you will ever know; you are God’s beloved, no matter who you are and the dumb things you may have done in the past. No matter where you find yourself or the challenges that you are enduring, remember God is with you now, even to the end of the age. Remember your baptism. Remember you are loved. Remember you have been called by name by the creator of the universe, and that is a really big deal. Thank you Jesus for the gift of your presence and knowing you love me, even and especially me. Amen

 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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