Current Worship Series The Great Invitation
The Great Invitation
We are invited to follow Jesus.
Join us as we discover what following Jesus looks like.
February 11, 2018 — And Now your Reward (Matthew 5:38-48)
Blessings are a gift of God in God’s kingdom. Rewards are the result of living more fully into the ways of God’s kingdom, or as we Methodist’s might say “growing in holiness of heart and life.” Jesus reminds us of ways we can stay on or stray from the trail God’s kingdom blazes for us in this life.
During Lent it is a common practice for Christians to give something up as we prepare for Easter. During this Lent, the forty days before Easter, we will look at what Jesus gave up in order that we might experience life in its fullness. Lent is a time to remember Jesus—to walk with him in study, prayer and service. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, a day that reminds us of our humanity and our need for Jesus.
Ash Wednesday Services will be on February 14 at 12:30 and 6:30 in the sanctuary . The first Sunday in Lent is February 18.
February 18, 2018 — Giving up being God (Philippians 2:1-11)
Jesus is fully God and he gave that up to become on of us. He emptied himself, taking the form of a slave being born in human likeness.
February 25, 2018 — Giving up Food (Luke 4:1-13)
Fasting for 40 days and then being tempted by the devil. He gave up those things that we humans think we need for survival—food, power, protection
March 4, 2018 — Giving up Being liked (Luke 4:14-30)
Jesus beginning his ministry by preaching in his hometown where he is warmly welcomed, until they do not like his preaching. Then they run him out of town.
March 11, 2018 — Giving up being understood and not having everything you say and do questioned (Luke 20:1-5,20-26)
The more Jesus taught, the more the scribes and Pharisees questioned him at every turn.
March 18, 2018 — Gave up the ability to do ministry by himself (Luke 10:1-11,16-20)
Jesus could have done ministry all by himself, but he chose to have people help him. Here he sends out the 72 to preach the kingdom of God.
March 24, 2018 — Palm/Passion Sunday — Giving up ones friends (Luke 22:47-62)
Judas betraying him, and Peter denying him, and the disciples falling asleep in the garden