Wednesdays and Sundays | March 6 – April 21
Join us Wednesdays (dinner at 6:00pm and worship at 7:00pm) AND Sundays (8:00. 9:30 or 11:00am) as we journey through Lent to Easter! Invite someone to come with you!
Lent devotionals will be available in the back of the Worship Center BEGINNING MARCH 6. These free resources are a great way to journey through Lent to Easter on a daily or weekly basis. There is something for everyone in your family!
Lenten Message Series
“Not as I will, but as you will,” Jesus prayed to his Father the night before he went to the cross for our salvation. And that is our prayer as well this Lent as we seek to do God’s will in our lives, as we draw near to the observance of Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection during Holy Week. Please join us each Sunday and Wednesday Service throughout Lent with each service in the series focusing on a different aspect of God’s will at work among us. Biblical characters will be used as insightful reference points each week to guide us in following our Lord more nearly day by day. The series will be complimented by a daily prayer booklet that coincides with the services and prayers.
Wednesday, March 6 (Ash Wednesday): God’s Will and God’s Promise
New Testament Reading: Hebrews 11:8-19
Does life’s experiences and challenges sometimes hinder your following the will of God? Does waiting for God’s promise for you sometimes feel like an eternity; asking, God are you there? Abraham was also challenged by having faith in God. But, by faith, Abraham trusted the will of God when He promised that a son would be born to him. God’s will was done when that son, Isaac, was born, and God’s will was done when His Son Jesus came into the world to redeem His people.
Sunday, March 10: God’s Will and the Kingdom
New Testament Reading: Matthew 6:5-15
Jesus tells us to pray the Lord’s Prayer often. But do you often wonder, ‘What is God’s will for me?’ Sometimes we find that we are caught-up between jobs, our schedules seem like never-ending challenges to manage, and the pressures of life can beat us down. We pray for God’s Kingdom to come and His will to be done, as we remember Jesus’ past activity with thanksgiving, we long for Jesus’ future activity with hope, and we look for Jesus’ present activity with expectation.
Wednesday, March 13: God’s Will and My Inadequacy
Old Testament Reading: Exodus 4:10-13
Do you find yourself saying, “God, please send somebody else?” How often have you felt overwhelmed and inadequate for the task that you were being confronted with? At first, Moses did not think he could free the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. But God worked through him to set His people free. In Lent, we remember that God sent His Son to do His will and set all people free from slavery of sin.
Sunday, March 17: God’s Will, not My will
New Testament Reading: Matthew 26:36-39
Did you notice that as a child we learn to trust our parents, but as we get older we tend to get more skeptical, and trusting people can seem really challenging? Have you been hurt along the way, after trusting someone and allowing yourself to become vulnerable? And so, we tend to resist. Jesus, in knowing that death awaited Him in the coming hours, prays in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” This is the prayer of faith, and it’s the proclamation of God’s faithfulness to Jesus, and to us!
Wednesday, March 20: God’s Will and My Dreams
Old Testament Reading: 2 Samuel 7:1-11
What happens when my plan doesn’t seem to coincide with God’s plan? Anointed by God to rule in Israel, King David was called by God to shepherd His people, but often failed to live up to God’s will for him. We welcome the Good Shepherd into our lives. He who fulfills God’s will perfectly to gather His wandering sheep into the sheepfold of heaven.
Sunday, March 24: God’s Will and My Expectations
New Testament Reading: Romans 9:14-21
Have you asked that question, “God, what are you up to with me right now, because I certainly don’t get it??” And maybe I don’t like it, either. Well, much like a potter, crafting his clay, we trust our merciful God as we see Him crafting His clay to be both beautiful and useful in His Kingdom.
Wednesday, March 27: God’s Will and My Identity
New Testament Reading: Luke 1:26-38
Are you single, a teacher, a homemaker, or a pilot? In today’s world, we hear a lot about identity. So, where do you place your identity? In humility, Mary dutifully accepted the role God had given her to become the mother of our Savior. That Son would later accept His role, faithfully following the path His Father had in mind for Him to save us all.
Sunday, March 31: God’s Will and My Suffering
New Testament Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Have you ever thought to yourself, “Sometimes I feel like one big ball of need.” I need attention. I need affirmation. I need strength. I need for things to go my way. I need success. I need peace. In the midst of all that need, Jesus comes with grace and says, ‘My grace is enough’. Jesus says, ‘My strength is even there, in weakness and need.’
Wednesday, April 3: God’s Will and My Worldview
New Testament Reading: Acts 9:1-21a
Things seem to be going just fine, then all of a sudden, we slip on that banana peel of life, and our worldview changes radically. What happens when God’s Will and my worldview collide? On the road to Damascus, Paul had his worldview turned upside down when God called him to preach the name of the Christ he had persecuted. We follow God’s Will by putting the crucified Christ at the center of our worldview.
Sunday, April 7: God’s Will for our Salvation
New Testament Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-6
What does it mean for us that God desires all people to be saved? I have some people in my life that just make my blood boil; does He mean them too? God loves us, shows His abundant mercy on us, and wants us to have a good conversation with ourselves, with Him, and with others.
Wednesday, April 10: God’s Will and My Response
New Testament Reading: Acts 16:6-10, 13-15
“God, what are you calling me to do, at this season of life?” Lydia followed the will of God by responding in faith and hospitality when the Gospel message of Christ’s sacrifice was preached to her. We follow the will of God by responding in love and service to one another in return for what Christ has done for us.
Sunday, April 14 (Palm Sunday): God’s Will when We are Not Willing
New Testament Reading: Luke 13:31-35
Have you ever been going in one direction and God makes it clear that He wants you to go in another direction? Those decisions can be very challenging. Sometimes we are not always willing to do what God asks of us in our daily lives, but in His Palm Sunday entry into Jerusalem, Christ reveals to us that even tough roads are worth traversing for the sake of the Kingdom of heaven.
Thursday, April 18 (Maundy Thursday): God’s Will and Joyful Service
New Testament Reading: John 13:1-17
In a world that screams ‘me, myself, and I’, serving others can seem counter-cultural and very hard at times. But on this night, Christ asks His disciples to wash one another’s feet, as He washed theirs, as a sign of their love for Him. Serving one another ‘with joy’ is a tribute to Him Who is the Servant of All.
Friday, April 19 (Good Friday Tenebrae): God’s Will is Done
Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 53:1-10a
Have you ever been in a conversation where someone asked, “How far would you be willing to go for God?” Well, on the cross, Christ followed through with the will of God, crying out, “It is finished” as He breathed His last. This ultimate sacrifice serves as a model as we offer our lives as a holy sacrifice to Him.
Sunday, April 21 (Easter): God’s Will and the New Creation
Old Testament Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:12-20
So, what exactly is all the hub-bub with Easter? Is it that important? Well, the Apostle Paul says, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins” (1Corinthians 15:17). When Christ rose from the tomb, He opened the door to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. God’s will for us as Easter people is to fix our eyes on the new creation, the perfect paradise prepared for us.
Wednesday Dinner Menus
March 6 – Pulled pork sliders, potato salad, coleslaw, chips and cobbler.
March 13 – Lasagna, chicken fettuccine, garlic bread, salad bar and homemade desserts.
Gluten free option: Spaghetti Squash.
March 20 – Baked potato bar, brisket, salad bar and chocolate cake.
March 27 – Chicken fingers, macaroni & cheese, salad bar and cheesecake.
Gluten free option: Baked chicken and veggies.
April 3 – Crispy beef tacos, Spanish rice, chips & salsa, guacamole and churros.
Gluten free option: Taco salad.
April 10 – Hamburgers, hotdogs, baked beans, veggies, chips and ice cream sundaes
*Hotdogs and gluten free items will be available each week. Please inquire in the kitchen.
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