We had a blessed Holy Week and Easter@ LIFEhouse! Thanks to all who served in so many ways.

Here are a few photo highlights…

Getting ready for Palm Sunday Worship

Getting Ready for Palm Sunday Worship

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Maundy Thursday First Communion

Maundy Thursday First Communion

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Easter Blessings!

Easter Worship!

Easter Worship!

 

Easter Egg Hunt!

Easter Egg Hunt!

 

Gotta get those eggs!

Gotta get those eggs!

 

Delicious Easter Breakfast!

Delicious Easter Breakfast!

Easter Sunday Schedule March 27

8:00 a.m. Worship Celebration w/ Holy Communion

9:20 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Breakfast

10:30 a.m. Worship Celebration w/ Holy Communion

How you can help:

Easter Breakfast- The men of the church host the breakfast. If you can help, please contact Paul Yaros pyaros@sbcglobal.net

Easter Eggs- Please bring candy-filled plastic eggs to the church office.

Easter Lilies- You may purchase an Easter lily to decorate the Sanctuary for $10. You can take this with you after worship.

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.

Tuesday March 1- Attaching to the Feeder not the Food

Gratitude

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

Word

Mark 14:12-15

On the first day of unleavened bread, when the Passover lambs were sacrificed, Jesus’ disciples said to him, ‘Where would you like us to go and get things ready for you to eat the Passover?’ He sent off two of his disciples, with these instructions. ‘Go into the city, and you will be met by a man carrying a water-pot. Follow him. When he goes indoors, say to the master of the house, “The teacher says, where is the guest room for me, where I can eat the Passover with my disciples?” He will show you a large upstairs room, set out and ready. Make preparations for us there.’  

Meals help us learn to interact face-to-face from the very beginning. If there is a God who wants us to be filled with joy, peace, and security, then a baby nursing, feeding at her mother’s breast would be a brilliant way to design us. Ahh, and so he does…

We learn, through this simple act, to attach to the feeder. A high joy environment in the home increases healthy attachment to the feeder and others. If the first year of life is low joy and filled with stress, then from day one we learn to attach to the food to bring us temporary relief, rather than to the feeder, the true source of comfort.

It has been said that if you take the meals and the mountains out of the Bible, you wouldn’t have much left. Certainly God guides his people to use shared meals as a way to attach to him and to other people. We learn to use food in the way God intends as a means of bonding with him and others. We don’t get attached to the food, the food is an aid to attachment to God and other people.

God is especially a fan of meals of celebration. This is where our faith is bonded in our relationships and we share joy because we are glad to be with God and each other. We learn that eating at these special times throughout the year connects us to each other and to those who shared these celebrations in the past.

Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter “feasting” come to mind for Christians. For Jesus and his fellow Jews, of course, the greatest celebration is Passover. This is when escape from slavery in Egypt is reenacted and freedom celebrated. It is at this time that Jesus uses his final Passover meal to say to his followers what he most wants them to hear. He is inviting them to a new kind of celebration.

But, the meal is bittersweet…

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Share at least three meals with other people this week. No smartphones, no TV. People, table and food.

Tuesday February 23- Mary Magdalene

Gratitude

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

Word

Mark 14:3-5

Jesus was in Bethany, at the house of Simon the leper. While he was at table, a woman came up with an alabaster pot containing extremely valuable ointment made of pure spikenard. She broke the pot and poured the ointment on Jesus’ head. 

Content- Quit making stuff up

What do you think of when I say two words?

“Mary Magdalene.”

If you immediately think of a former prostitute who is now Jesus’ friend- “BZZZZZZZZZ” Wrong!

Nowhere in the Bible does it say anything about Mary being a prostitute. She had demons attached to her until Jesus released her from them. That’s it. Not a hooker or a “loose woman” in sight.

Now, Mary Magdalene is an important person in Jesus’ life. She is mentioned about as much as anyone in the New Testament. She also is the first person to announce the resurrection of Jesus. The first evangelist, if you like. But, there still is this “image” problem…

You can thank the over sexualized imaginations of Christians in the Middle Ages for going all “Pretty Woman” on us.

Now, with the woman anointing Jesus with expensive ointment, this is a different Mary anyway. This story is recorded in all four Gospels. In John, we see this is Mary the sister of Lazarus and Martha, a dear friend  of Jesus, as well. 

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Pray for our society every time you see a sexualized advertisement today.

Monday February 22- Jesus and the Temple

Gratitude

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

Mark 14:1-2

Passover – the feast of unleavened bread – was due in two days. The chief priests and the lawyers were plotting how to seize Jesus by a trick, and kill him. ‘We can’t do it at the feast,’ they said. ‘The people might riot.’

Content- Jesus and the Temple

Jesus has predicted the destruction of the Temple by pagan enemies. Jesus has acted this out his own disruption of the Temple operations. He drives out the moneychangers.

Jesus vs. Temple is the main event. A key charge against him. This false Messiah is set on disrupting the whole Jewish sacrificial system. From the slaughter of the lambs at the original Exodus to the slaughter of lambs for the coming Passover, who is he to mess with over 1000 years of history? 

Well, he must be someone who is being listened to by someone. A potential riot with a city full of people? Why isn’t everyone backing the establishment? For the status quo to remain, this rebel must go. 

The dark clouds are gathering.

The Romans will get rid of the Temple some day, but what’s the rush? They will get rid Jesus first, very soon. 

Me

Ever notice how all the “false messiahs” who are going to save the world eventually get to violence as one of their tools of choice? Bring a sense of peace into someone’s life today.

Don’t Panic And Don’t Be Misled

Thursday February 18

Gratitude

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

Word

Mark 13:5-8

Jesus replied, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in many parts of the world, as well as famines.

Content

Don’t panic

Jesus doesn’t want his followers to panic and he doesn’t want us to be misled. When it comes to predictions, be careful and think about who is doing the predicting and why. Here are three predictions that didn’t pan out.

“Television won’t last. It’s a flash in the pan.”

Mary Somerville, pioneer of radio educational broadcasts, 1948.

“We can close the book on infectious diseases.”

Surgeon General of the United States William H. Stewart, speaking to the U.S. Congress in 1969.

“There is no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant marketshare. No chance.”

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, 2007.

When people make predictions, it is always important to see if they are likely to personally benefit from the prediction. Some people after Jesus want everyone to think they are the Messiah who is going to save the world from disaster.  But, there is only one Messiah. And he already saved the world. When you have people saying, “The sky is falling, the sky is falling,” Jesus presses the “Don’t panic,” button.

 

Me

If you knew this was the last day of your life, what would you do? Now go ahead and do one of those things.