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Sunday, April 30 – Unity Sunday

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Sunday, April 30 – Unity Sunday

Only One Service at 10 am this Week! 10 am worship service bulletin

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Sunday, April 23

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Sunday, April 23

Sunday’s message: According to John 20:19-31, Christ’s wounds were not removed by the resurrection. Rather Christ invites Thomas to touch his wounds to bring him back to faith. How might we use our wounds to “touch” others and help them grow in their faith? 8:30 am worship service bulletin 11 am worship service bulletin

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Easter Sunday Devotion – Indeed!

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Easter Sunday Devotion – Indeed!

Easter Sunday, April 16 Resurrection Day Matthew 28:1-10 Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! The family sat down at the dining room table, getting ready to enjoy their Easter dinner. The father exclaimed, “Boy, am I hungry!” To which his five-year-old child responded, “I am hungry, indeed!” “What do you mean, ‘I am hungry, indeed!’” the father asked. The five-year-old replied, “The preacher said in church today, if you feel something really strongly, you should say, ‘Indeed!’ – and I am hungry, indeed!” Indeed –...

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Holy Saturday Devotion – I Will Rise Again

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Holy Saturday Devotion – I Will Rise Again

Holy Saturday, April 15 The Burial of Jesus Matthew 27:57-66 Waiting is probably one of the most challenging disciplines we all face as we are eager to get news about one thing or another. It could be something like the report of a test result from the doctor or waiting for a loved one to return from a trip away from home. Often it seems as though waiting and anxiety go together. During the time between Good Friday and Easter, I’m sure there was a lot of anxiety among the disciples and even unbelievers about the reality of the death of Jesus...

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Easter Sunday – April 16

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Easter Sunday – April 16

Today’s message: At the center of Christian theology, experience, and worship is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. On Easter Sunday, “Alleluias” ring out as the church listens again to the story it knows so well: the story of the empty tomb, Jesus’ first resurrection appearance, and the invitation to “go quick and tell…‘he has been raised from the dead.’” 8:30 am worship service bulletin 11 am worship service...

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Good Friday Devotion – We Did It

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Good Friday Devotion – We Did It

Good Friday, April 14 Jesus Is Crucified Matthew 27:33-50 He saved others; he cannot save himself. (Matthew 27:42a) Even though the religious elite knew that Jesus was the son of Mary and Joseph, they joined the bullying mob in taunting the crucified Jesus into coming down from the cross. Didn’t they care that his mom was right there? As gravity pulled on his inflamed wounds, the noon sun thickened the smell of blood, sweat, and bitter wine. Many just remained at the foot of the cross like spectators at the end of a lynching mob; unmoved to...

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Maundy Thursday Devotion – Communal Communion

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Maundy Thursday Devotion – Communal Communion

Maundy Thursday, April 13 Jesus Is Mocked and Stripped Matthew 27:27-31 Maundy Thursday is traditionally when the church memorializes the first communion: Jesus gathering with his disciples in an upper room to share bread, wine, and unity in faith. But the insult, injury, and solitary suffering described in today’s scripture sound like they belong to another story altogether. Certainly, Jesus foretold of his own fate when he described that Last Supper’s bread as his body broken for us. He must have known the violence that waited for him....

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Holy Wednesday Devotion – Truly Listen

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Holy Wednesday Devotion – Truly Listen

Holy Wednesday, April 12 Jesus Is Sentenced to Death Matthew 26:57-66 I struggled with this whole passage from Matthew and our theme of “Faithful Living.” Jesus’ faithfulness is so apparent in this scripture in his willingness to go forward onto the Passion. But where are there other signs of how to live faithfully in this text? There is Peter, lurking on the edges of the proceedings. He is too invested to leave, but not brave enough to come forward. And then there are the chief priests and the council, waiting, expecting to hear just...

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Holy Week Devotion – Choose Wisely

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Holy Week Devotion – Choose Wisely

Holy Tuesday, April 11 The Betrayal of Jesus Matthew 26:47-56 As I read this scripture, I thought of the saying: Live by the sword, die by the sword. Any glimpse of Roman history is colored by bombastic battles, gladiators fighting in the Colosseum with animals and using spears, swords, and other tools of war in death matches. It is fascinating to me that it seems that the one who is drawing his sword is not one of the disciples but a person in the crowd who was willing to take whatever action he deemed necessary to prevent the arrest of...

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Holy Week Devotion – Learn of Jesus to Pray

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Holy Week Devotion – Learn of Jesus to Pray

Holy Monday, April 10 Jesus Prays at Gethsemane Scripture: Matthew 26:36-46 Since I have sung in choirs for 72 years, I am going to take liberty and quote the words from the Hymnbook for Christian Worship: Go to dark Gethsemane, Ye that feel the tempter’s power, Your Redeemer’s conflict see, Watch with him one bitter hour: Turn not from his griefs away; Learn of Jesus Christ to pray. After the supper, Jesus wanted to pray, so Peter, James, and John accompanied Him to the olive grove garden called Gethsemane. Jesus asked them to wait...

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