Maundy Thursday Worship and First Communion will be celebrated March 24th at 7 p.m. We will worship together commemorating the Last Supper and we celebrate First Communion with our children.

Free childcare available

Please note:

First Communion orientation is Monday, March 14@ 6 p.m. in Pastor Dana’s office.

 

Monday March 7- Trust

Gratitude

Spend five minutes focusing on a couple of things you appreciate and thank God for them.

Mark 14:26-31

Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives. On the way, Jesus told them, “All of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say, ‘God will strike the Shepherd and the sheep will be scattered.’ But after I am raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there.” Peter said to him, “Even if everyone else deserts you, I never will.”Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny three times that you even know me.” “No!” Peter declared emphatically. “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!” And all the others vowed the same.

Everyone knows when you are going through awful times in life, you don’t want to be alone. Jesus is testing this out for the rest of us.

First, Judas leaves the Last Supper.

Then Jesus and his friends finish up dinner and then go out singing, Are they going to look up at the stars, or are they going to look down at the lamps and great fires of the Temple? Is it going to be a campout on the Mt. of Olives? We don’t know yet.

Jesus says, “You guys,” the Bible predicts what is going to happen. “You are all going to dump me. But after I am raised from the dead, I’ll see y’all in Galilee.”

There goes a good Passover meal. Thanks for the encouragement Jesus.

Then his best friend speaks up.

They might desert you, but not me buddy! I’ve got your back!

No you don’t have my back, Peter, you are going to abandon me like everyone else. Worse, you’re going to deny you even know me.

What? You’re crazy, Jesus! I will die for you!

Every one of them said the same…

No way they will abandon their friend.

Me

Trust is the most important quality of a healthy relationship. What if you can’t trust anyone? Trust anyway. Who do you need to trust?

Thursday March 3- More Than Words

Gratitude

Spend five minutes focusing on a couple of things you appreciate and thank God for them.

Word

Mark 14:22-24

While they were eating, he took bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them. ‘Take it,’ he said. ‘This is my body.’ Then he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it. ‘This is my blood of the covenant,’ he said, ‘which is poured out for many.

Here Jesus makes the connection between what he is going to do and the Passover. Jesus is the one greater than Moses who is going ahead of his disciples, Israel and all people of the world and fighting one more evil than a thousand Pharaoh’s, Satan himself. He will come face-to-face with a terror far greater than the waters of the Red Sea and he will lead all people to freedom.

Holy Communion is a celebration of the presence of the living Jesus in our midst, but even more it is an explanation far deeper than words of what is happening the next day. Friday….

Me

When you receive Holy Communion next, think about it as fuel for living a Jesus-soaked life. Recall it for several days following, frequently repeating, “He did it for me.”

Monday February 29- Judas: Odd Man Out 

Gratitude

Spend five minutes focusing on a couple of things you appreciate and thank God for them.

Word

Mark 14:10-11

Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Him to them. When they heard it, they were glad and promised to give him silver. So he looked for how he might conveniently betray Him.

Who is Judas?

Judas was the only disciple not from Galilee. He was from Kerioth. This was a village outside of Hebron, 19 miles south of Jerusalem. Hebron is the second holiest city in Judaism. It is purported to be where Abraham, Sarah, Isaac and Jacob and families are buried.

So, if you are from Kerioth, you would follow very closely the traditions and rules. The Temple and what it represented would have been honored and cherished by Judas, and he would fit perfectly with the whole Jerusalem vibe.

Jesus and the other 11 disciples are all Galileans. They couldn’t be more different. They are from out of the way Galilee, considered a bunch of hillbilly’s by the Jerusalem/ Hebron crowd. They didn’t mind.

Far from the corporate headquarters of Jerusalem, the branch office of Galilee could do what they want. This shows with the loosey goosey way they kept the traditions. Jesus and the disciples are always getting criticized for not following the correct rules.

So, Judas didn’t think like the Galileans. He didn’t even have their accent. He was the odd man out when it comes to Galilee, where they spent most of their time. Tradition-bound Judas was out of his element.

But in Jerusalem it is different. Judas is on home court. He is the one who can easily fit in. It’s not surprising he would get to talk to the chief priests because Kerioth is considered somewhat of a royal town. And so he does. He has a plan.

Me

What are traditions you have in your faith life? What does it feel like when others don’t follow your traditions?