Praying With Jesus: Good Friday

Today is one of the most important days of the year. It is Good Friday the day Jesus died on the cross. I am always asked by the kids in chapel why is this day called good, when the most terrible thing happened? Here is the answer.

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

I remember a story told by St Jerome who was an early translator of the Bible. As told by him he went to Jerusalem and Bethlehem for a time of study and prayer and one night he had a dream. In this dream Jesus appeared to him and Jerome gave him everything he had. Jesus did not want those things. Then Jerome gave him all of his money. Jesus did not want that. What would you like? Jerome asked. Jesus replied, “Your sins.”

The day is called ‘good” because we find that Jesus takes our sins upon himself so that we might have the righteousness of God. In ways we do not always understand Jesus became our sin so that we might know the amazing love and grace of God.

Thank you for this day Jesus. For all that you did for me I am amazed by the magnitude of your grace. This day truly is good.

Pastor Dave

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Praying With Jesus: God’s Timing

Can you keep a secret? Can you keep a secret from God? Absolutely not. Jesus knew of this plan and took steps to make sure it did not disrupt his plans.

Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, for they were afraid of the people. Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. They were delighted and agreed to give him money. He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present. (Luke 22:1-6)

One of the most unusual actions of Jesus, that follows this in the Gospels, is when the disciples on the next day ask where they are going to celebrate the Passover? Jesus tells Peter and John to go into town and they will see a man carrying a water jar, follow him and that will show you where we are going to meet. Prepare everything there. Is there more than one person carrying a jar of water in Jerusalem? Of course, but Jesus does not want to tell the group where they are going to be eating this evening because that would be the perfect place for Judas to tell the guards to come and arrest Jesus. Jesus wants to make sure he has time to wash the disciple’s feet, teach them some last few things, and then most importantly, Institute the Lord’s Supper. That Passover celebration had to happen without interruption, so Judas would later lead the guards to Jesus when they stopped to pray on the Mount of Olives.

Jesus knows the timing of all things. Judas was looking for the first opportunity without the crowds around Jesus and this meal would have been perfect. Some things have to happen in a certain order for God’s will to be done. We always need to remember that when we pray. In life I have had so many prayers answered but not on my timetable. When I have to wait I sometimes wonder and question God. But this passage reminds me that God always has in mind what is needed and important. His knowledge of the future is better than my knowledge of the past. We are often told to live by faith. Today I also want to remind you to pray with faith. Knowing that today, tomorrow and all eternity is in God’s gracious hands.

Thank you Lord, for knowing the timing of all things. Help me to understand your plans for me so that I may grow in faith and trust. Amen.

Pastor Dave

Praying With Jesus: Turn Me To You

We have started Holy Week and one of the things Jesus did this week caused quite a commotion in the Temple.

On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: “My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it `a den of robbers.” The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching. (Mark 11:15-18)

Have you ever been challenged on something you are doing? The chief priests were taken aback by the boldness and the words of Jesus. Was it a den of robbers? Jesus found that the Temple had lost it’s way and became an institution and not a house of prayer. We always have to take these words to heart and be reminded that the church is here to be a house of prayer. That is connecting people to God in the various newer methods of today and the tried and true ways that have worked in all of history. Lent is in fact one of the oldest seasons of the church year and goes back way before people celebrated Christmas. This week reminds us that faith is never business as usual. Sometimes church and our lives walking with God can get stuck in a routine. Maybe there is a table in your life that needs to be flipped. It looks to be messy but it can open up new ways of seeing Jesus in faith and how he impacts your daily life.

Jesus, you turned many things upside down. Turn me so that my life is filled with your presence and help make my life a life filled with prayer.

Pastor Dave

Lenten and Holy Week Schedules

Lenten Services

Wednesday Evenings

March 8, 15, 22, 29 and April 5, 2017

Pot Luck Dinner 6:00 pm on March 22 and April 5 only.

Services 7:00 pm

 

Holy Week

Palm Sunday Worship Service

Sunday, April 9, 2017 9:15, 10:45 am

Maundy Thursday Worship Service

Thursday, April 13, 2017 7:00 pm

Good Friday Worship Service

Friday, April 14, 2017 at 7:00 pm

 

Easter Service

Sunday, April 16, 2017

8:30, 10:00, 11:30 am

Easter Egg Hunts between services.

There will be no services on Saturday, April 15, 2017.

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Made Alive

ephesians2_4-5As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved.
-Ephesians 2:1-5

Saturday of Holy Week is an unusual day. Nothing of significance happens in the Scriptures. During the day light hours it was the Sabbath and so the disciples were resting. It is not until Easter morning that some go to care for the body of Jesus. What struck me this week was how did Peter react to hearing the Roosters on Saturday morning? [Read more…]

Good Friday

hammer-nails-and-crownBut he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
-Isaiah 53:5

Good Friday

Pierced by nails driven into his body, his body bleeding out and no one would tend to his wounds. He was crushed by the weight of the sins of every human being who even lived (or ever will live). These he willingly took upon his own sinless body. He was wounded by being whipped and beaten by the soldiers, who then pressed a crown of thorns on his head.

… if that wasn’t enough, [Read more…]

Holy Week Schedule

Join us this week for Holy Week Services.

Holy Week Service Schedule:

  • donkey3/29/15 – Palm Sunday Services at 9:15am and 10:45am

We will have Donkeys and a bounce house along with food and drinks after both services.

  • 4/2/15 – Maudy Thursday Seder Meal at 7pm in Building 1

This year we will celebrate Maundy Thursday with a Seder meal.  In addition to the traditional elements of the Seder meal we will be including a pot luck dinner.  People are encouraged to bring soups and casseroles for the dinner.

  • 4/3/15 – Good Friday Service at 7pm
  • Europe District hosts Easter Egg Hunt for USACE employees, familiesEaster Worship services at 8:30am (traditional), 10am (contemporary), and 11:30am (contemporary)

An Easter egg hunt will be held between services at 9:40am and 11:10am

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Lent and Easter Schedule

CrossThe season of Lent has arrived as we prepare for the death and resurrection of our Lord.  We will be having special services for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter.

Below is the schedule for the worship services: [Read more…]

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Holy Week Services

Schedule for Holy Week services (3/23 – 3/31) [Read more…]

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