Pastor’s Pen

Hello church!!  During the month of March we journeyed through Lent together as I shared the first four messages from the “God on the Move” sermon series.   During the month of March we have moved to repentance, past obstacles, over the fence, and will conclude on the 24th by going down the road.  For these Sundays we looked at Jesus’ temptations and some of the challenges that He faced in ministry as well as passages about being fruitful disciples and God’s extravagant love for us.  In April we first will look at how God calls us to empty ourselves and then will move on to the cross for Palm Sunday and then to the tomb for Easter Sunday.  During the season of Lent many of us have also been studying The Gift of New Creation.  I have enjoyed the author’s journey through Lent and his take on the lectionary readings for each week.  I hope you have too!!  From the last weekend of April and running into June we will look at the book of Acts and the growth and building of the early church.

As I write, I find my heart and mind often drifting to the many folks, livestock, and other things being affected by the flooding that is impacting many communities.  I am grateful for the many generous hearts in our local communities that are being led to offer assistance and aide to those in need.  It is a wonderful example of the love of Christ in action.  For the immediate future, donations of food, clothing, and other necessities will be needed as well as monetary donations to help with the recovery efforts.  In speaking with the conference office, I believe that there will be Emergency Response Teams (ERTs) heading into Nebraska and other areas in the near future.  This may be something some of us could be a part of!  I encourage you to donate if you can and certainly to keep these folks in your prayers.  Thank you!!

The middle of April will be extra busy.  We celebrate Palm Sunday on April 14th, Maundy Thursday on the 18th, Good Friday on the 19th, and Easter on April 21.  And we will have a prayer walk on the morning of Good Friday too!!   Please invite your friends and neighbors to these special services and events that focus on the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

May the Lord continue to guide and bless your journey through this Lenten season! –

Pastor John

Scripture to read and consider:

The Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again”.  – Luke 24:7

Questions to ponder and go deep with:

1) What does this verse mean to you personally?

2) What does it mean to you that Jesus’ throne is a cross?

3) Why does Jesus’ resurrection matter in your life?