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"God’s Promise, Our Hope" in Worship for April

REMINDER: We continue gather for worship on Sundays at 9:30 AM

April 2, 2017 – God’s Promise, Our Hope: Incorporated Into Community

Preaching text: Luke 18:31-19:10; with Psalm 84:1-4,10-12 Theme: Physical blindness & spiritual blindness are found within the gospel reading. Sometimes we forget that not everyone knows or sees things the way we do.

Liturgical date & color: 5th Sunday in Lent; purple

April 9, 2017 – Palm Sunday: If Stones Could Talk

Preaching text: Luke 19:29-44; with Psalm 118:19-23 Theme: People gather & cheer; Pharisees call for silence; Jesus says, "If they were silent, the stones would shout!" But did people even know what they were doing?

Liturgical date & color: Palm Sunday in Holy Week; purple

April 13, 2017 – Maundy Thursday: Broken – Despair to Expectation

Preaching text: Luke 22:1-27; with Psalm 34:8-10 Theme: Waiting for Judas to make his move, Jesus tells his disciples to love & serve, and he uses a very simple meal of bread and wine to drive home his point.

Liturgical date & color: Maundy Thursday in Holy Week; purple

April 14, 2017 – Good Friday: Darkness – Drawing the Line

Preaching text: Luke 23:32-47; with Psalm 31:5-13 Theme: How can this day be called "good"? The worst day in history is by paradox the best & perfect day because even as Christ dies, he is welcoming others home.

Liturgical date & color: Good Friday in Holy Week; black

April 16, 2017 – Easter: Resurrection Life – Let The Good News Flow!

Celebration services @ 8:30 & 11:00 AM with Easter Break-Feast in between

Preaching text: Luke 24:1-12; with Psalm 118:17,21-24 Theme: "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen." Like the women at the tomb, death & resurrection still confuses many.

Liturgical date & color: Easter Sunday, The Resurrection of Our Lord; white & gold

April 23, 2017 – Companionship, Hospitality, Fellowship, Relationship

Preaching text: Luke 24:13-35; with Psalm 30 Theme: Even with Jesus walking right beside them, two despondent travelers are clueless as to who they’re talking with… that is, until the bread is broken.

Liturgical date & color: 2nd Sunday of Easter; white & gold

April 30, 2017 – God’s Promise, Our Hope: Stephen’s Liberating Grace

Preaching text: Acts 6:1-7:2a,44-60; with Luke 23:33-34a,46 Theme: Stephen’s legacy of faithfulness, even in the face of death, encourages and challenges each Christian to faithfully serve God by truly loving God’s people.

Liturgical date & color: 3rd Sunday of Easter; white & gold