Good Friday is as important as Easter. This is because we cannot have the resurrection without death. Good Friday is when we remember the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross. A death that brings life to all who believe! Good Friday is “good” because it is followed by Easter Sunday.
Easter is when we experience life in the midst of death. In our society today, we see a lot of suffering each day around the world. We see people who are hurting and a world broken into many pieces. Lives that have been broken by addictions, broken marriages, broken bodies due to illness, lives broken by loss, anxiety and depression. However Good Friday and the Easter Story bring us hope. The hope for those who believe in Jesus, in his death and resurrection, is a story of hope and victory.
Be a part of the best 4 days of summer!
Spring is in the air. It’s March and we are marching into spring. In March the air seems to be fresh and it’s wonderful to open the windows and let the fresh air fill the house. I like to take my walks around this time. When I get the opportunity to go out I enjoy places that have outdoor seating on a patio or deck. With the weather we have had this winter I think we are all ready for spring. Spring is also beautiful because we get to enjoy fresh flowers blooming in our gardens. All these flowers add bright colors to God’s beautiful Creation. Furthermore, spring is a season that marks a fresh start. It is a fresh start when God gives each and every one another spring in our steps. With sports we have spring training for baseball and other athletes starting training for track and marathons.
On the menu this week:
Children under 10: $4.00
This is our breakfast before we make our annual donation to the church, so please join us and make it a huge success.
Spring is in the air! We hear birds chirping, the air is fresh and crisp, and the flowers are blooming. Spring is in the air, inviting us to the new life that God offers. For those of us who stayed indoors throughout the winter, we are being beckoned to step out into the new season.
For us Christians, new life is very noticeable during Easter. We celebrate the Risen Christ, who burst forth with new life 2,000 years ago. The season of Easter is God’s invitation to trust in the new life God offers. This is what the Bible calls “eternal life.” It begins here and now but it is also a future where we live in the presence of God forever. Spring is God’s transforming power allowing new life to burst forth from the ground when daffodils bloom and all the other flowers like the lilies, tulips and hyacinths blossom. It is the new life God offers through Jesus Christ. It is the belief that all things can be made new in the springtime.
By the time you read this, Lent will be almost over, and Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter will be on the horizon.
For every Christian, the Resurrection is the most important miracle in our faith. Paul says without the Resurrection, Christians have no hope and they are to be pitied.
So, what difference does the Resurrection make? Well, the Resurrection gives us the hope for a future with God. The Resurrection is the one assurance that our sins are forgiven and that Jesus paid the price for our sins on the cross, and He was raised up from the dead. The Resurrection assures us that God will be with us in this life and the one to come. This is the promise of Easter.
However, we cannot go to Easter without Holy Week. The victory of Easter starts from Holy Week when Jesus went through the agony of pain and suffering and death to bring us this hope.
Easter Flowers are available to purchase. Please order your flowers by March 18th using the Order Forms in the Worship Bulletins. Orders must be called in by March 19th.
Flowers can be ordered in Honor or in Memory of a loved one.
Prices for the flowers are:
The Season of Lent is upon us again. Lent is the season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. It is a time during which we remember when Jesus fasted for forty days and forty nights in the wilderness. Lent is a time of repentance, fasting, and preparation for Easter.
It is also a time of self-reflection and spiritual examination. During the Season of Lent Christians are called upon to give up something for Lent. It is a way for all of us to learn to live without some of the comforts of life as we draw closer to God. So, many Christians fast during Lent. Fasting is a spiritual practice of giving up food or any other basic necessities like money to support good causes.
Here in our church we use our Lenten Folders, which allow us to save up some funds during Lent to help the church continue its ministry to the poor and needy in our society. It helps us to see how blessed we are and allow God to bless other people through our kind and generous acts.
Nowadays we not only give up something for Lent but we take something up for Lent. This is a reminder for us to go back and engage in the spiritual disciplines that have fallen by the wayside. We are encouraged to take up spiritual disciplines such as daily prayer and devotion, Bible reading and a genuine activity such as volunteering in the church or community. It is also a time for those who are not active in the church to return to weekly worship and fellowship.