Month: March 2017

Holy Week Approaches

The Lenten season is a time for reflection, study, and claiming that which calls us to fall short of God’s expectations for us.  As we approach Holy Week, our focus changes to the story which calls us once again to live into the calling of Christ on our lives.   We take time, once again to be participants in his journey to Jerusalem, and be witnesses to the power of death not becoming the final answer!

As we move into Holy Week, we have opportunities to connect with the story and to each other.   First, we experience Palm Sunday, with the celebration of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.    We will not have an 8:15 service that day, so join us all at 10:30 am!   On Thursday of Holy Week, we remember the upper room and the meal and message he shared with his Disciples.  Easter morning we proclaim “Alleluia!  He Is Risen!”  and celebrate the empty tomb with an Easter sunrise service, our children’s program, and 10:30 service!

All of these opportunities to gather together in worship remind us that we are one.  We are community.  We are faith family, and that family is not complete without you.  So please make a special effort to be here for these special worship experiences.  They won’t be the same without you!  And maybe…just maybe, you won’t be the same as well!

Check out the times for these events below!

Peace,

Gary

The Lenten season has begun!

The Lenten season has begun!  This week we gathered in our chapel for our Ash Wednesday service.  We sang songs, read scripture, shared prayer, and left to go into the world with ashes on our foreheads or the back of our hands.  The imposition of ashes signifies our recognition of our mortality and our ability to fall short of the mark in our lives and our actions.  The ashes we imposed were ashes from the burnt palms we waved on the last few Palm Sundays

This observance sets us on a Lenten journey that requires us to reflect as we once again journey with Jesus to Jerusalem.  That journey will lead us to remember the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus as we move toward  Easter on April 16.

I encourage you to spend this Lenten season in prayer, reflection, and study.  These practices are good for us.  They point us, as Jesus did, toward  an understanding that faith requires us to acknowledge our shortcomings and to refocus our lives toward God.  And that my friends, is the whole point of all of this!  May you know God’s peace as we explore together the journey that is before us!

Peace!

Gary