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Archive for March, 2013

For Sunday, March 24th

Sermon Title: “When We Feel Unwanted”
Scripture: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
Luke 19:28-40

Palm Sunday 2013 – welcome to this most holiest of weeks, where follow Jesus to the cross at Golgotha and finally to the resurrection on Easter Sunday. But for today, we focus on Jesus journey to Jerusalem. It was a celebration, but short lived. Jesus was riding on a young donkey, while people threw their cloaks down on the pathway to honor royalty, for Jesus was king.

Jesus was receiving the welcome he deserved. He had taught faithfully, healed those who were sick and set an example for all of us. Now he was being welcomed into Jerusalem as a king. But as we all know the story does not end here, it is only the beginning of his pain and suffering. But we know that “the stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this.”

This holy week will lead us to rejoicing on Easter Sunday. Join us for this most holy week with services on Maundy Thursday beginning at 7PM in the Fellowship Hall; Good Friday beginning at 7PM in the sanctuary. We will begin this service in light and end in darkness and silence. Then Easter Sunday, March 31st we will sing our alleluias and our praises. We will rejoice. Source: Dynamic Preaching

Thought for the week: When you feel fear or doubt about the future, remember all that God has done in the past.

Let us pray: God, who moves in every heartbeat and moment, help us be mindful of our connection with you. Help us to live
so that we might be your voice and hands and heart in a hurting world. We remember friends, family and loved ones who
live with illnesses, who endure chronic pain daily. In your love and grace, heal them, comfort them, and strengthen
them. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Source: The Minister’s Annual Manual
Pastor Lorraine

For Sunday, March 10th

Sermon Title: “When We Feel Lost”
Scripture: Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

In the passage recorded in the Gospel of Luke for this coming Sunday, the scripture focuses first of all on the Parable of the Lost Sheep and second, the very familiar story of the Prodigal Son. One resource quoted a comment by George Buttrick, the greatest preacher America has ever produced, said the the parable of the Prodigal Son captures “the essence of the Christian faith.” It is a story of repentance, forgiveness, and grace. It also reflects self-righteousness, resentment and anger.

There are three main characters in this story: the Prodigal Son, the father and the elder son. If you have access to art, you might want to look up the picture painted by Ducth artist Rembrandt, called “The Return of the Prodigal Son. Some have called it the greatest picture ever painted. Notice the father’s hands, one appears to be masculine and the other more feminine. Author Father Henri Nouwen, also noted the difference in the father’s hands in his book, “The Return of the Prodigal Son.”

Are you one of the characters in this story? Come and worship with us as we look more deeply into the three men in this story, and look at what the Christian message is for us this day. Resource: Dynamic Preaching

Thought for the Week: Prayer is important. Do everything you can do and then trust God to do what you cannot do.

Let us pray: Almighty God, Your word is true. I believe that You have plans for me for wholeness and not for evil. I believe that you have a future and a hope for me. I believe that You are working all things together for the good of those who love You. I say by faith that You are good. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen. Resource: “Always True” by James
MacDonald. Pastor Lorraine