For the health and safety of our members and guests, all services have
been suspended through May 24th.
Further announcements will be made following a Board of Elder
meeting the end of May
There will be Facebook live recordings at 9:30AM on Sundays Thru May 10th. Please join us.
For our Friday Night 7PM Hispanic Service there will be a live Facebook Recording, please join us.
We invite you to worship with us every Sunday at 8 AM, 10:45 AM & Spanish service at 10:45 AM. Sunday School is open for all ages at 9:30 AM.
Holy Communion is celebrated during all Sunday services.
Spanish Services are being held Friday evenings at 6:30 PM
Everything has changed. These words could easily apply to the current situation in our world. All of society has been disrupted, including our personal routines, habits, and coping mechanisms. These words also apply to Easter! He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed, Halleluiah! Easter is a prime example of how our God brings good out of bad. He took a horrible, brutal death and used it as a world changing, life changing event.
Change is sometimes welcome, often scary, and always an opportunity. The death and resurrection of Jesus changed the disciples from a group of timid, often quarreling and short sighted men into a group of bold witnesses who trusted strongly in the one true God. They gave their lives to telling others about God’s grace and forgiveness shown in Jesus. That was definitely a welcome and long lasting change! The living Jesus has changed countless lives over the centuries, yours and mine included.
During our current time of isolation, (some see it as an unexpected Sabbath) there are many things that have changed for each of us. The most obvious change at church is relying on our on-line worship services rather than gathering together face-to face. But remember we have a God who brings good out of bad. What good things has He brought for you out of this time? Many report clearer focus on what is truly important in their lives, in contrast to what is simply fluff and distraction. Many are focusing on God and other important relation-ships in their lives. Many are doing something as simple and important as catching up on their sleep!
The question I have for you is, “What has come out of this quarantine time that you are going to keep? And also what have you stopped doing that you will keep not doing even after life gets back to a new normal?
After Easter we have a renewed hope that death is not the end of life. This hope gives us new strength to face the challenges of life in this world. We have the peace of knowing we don’t go into the world alone but we have the company of Jesus Our Savior, the King of the World. We have His Holy Spirit to live in us and give us new life. These are definitely good things that we want to keep in our life. We also leave behind fear of death, despair, hopelessness, and selfishness. Because of Easter we move into a new life. One that is not based on myself, but one based on God and what He has already done for me.
When this time of quarantine is over not every-thing will be the same, in our lives, in our church, or in our society. What will be the same is Our God who brings good out of bad. That never changes. He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed. Halleluiah!
Peace in Jesus,