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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

"When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted." Matthew 28:17
 
According to Matthew that was the reaction of the eleven remaining disciples when they first saw the resurrected Jesus.  Not too surprising in my estimation.  With all they had seen doubt may have been a constant companion. (Did that really just happen?)
 
And then there was the confusion of betrayal, a betrayal that belonged to all of them.  And then the startling and sorrowful Crucifixion that followed it all.  In the face of that horrific event it all had to be over.  All the promise and hope gone.
 
We go through it again now with Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the anticipation of Easter Vigil.  It is a microcosm of where life sometimes finds us, this time that the church simply calls The Three Days.
 
Familiar with doubt?  Frederick Buechner writes that doubt is "the ants in the pants of faith.  It keeps it alive and moving."  Doubt does not end it all.  Check and see what Jesus has to say and do when met with those doubts in the last few verses of Matthew.  It was personal then, and still is now.  "Remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age." (Matt. 28:20b)
 
In Christ,
Pastor Randy
 
"Holy God, we marvel at the mystery of Christ's suffering, death and resurrection.  You restore that which has been lost; bring new life from that which is old; offer healing and hope where there appears to be only sickness and death.  Set our hearts aflame and open our eyes that we may recognize your presence in every person, in every situation, in every place.  Amen."
 
THIS WEEK

Thursday   Maundy Thursday Service 7:00 pm
Friday       Good Friday Service 7:00 pm
Sunday     Easter Sunday Services 8:30 & 11:00 am  
                 Easter Breakfast 9:45 - 10:30 am

Looking ahead

May 1  
New Member Sunday, if interested in joining
           SOV please be in touch with Pastor Randy
           Scrip Order Sunday

May 5  American Red Cross Blood Drive 1:30-7:00pm

May 7  CPR/AED/First Aid training 8:00-2:00pm $35.00
           please sign up in the Narthex or email Tammy