I hope and pray that this season of Lent is providing you the opportunity to intentionally and prayerfully reflect on your faith. These several weeks of preparation leading up to Easter are a gift that the church has given us as we spend time opening ourselves to the transformative love that God has for us in Jesus. Our Everybody Always series is one that invites us to reflect more deeply on the love God has for us in Jesus and how that love can be made tangibly real by the way we love others…and by “others” we are considering the implications of everybody!
There is much going on here at FPCL! My hope and prayer is that in and through the ministry of our church you are being led as you are being fed in your relationship with God and your awareness of Christ's love in your life. Our Lenten Life Groups are providing opportunities for deeper conversation and deeper connections it’s not too late to be a part of one!
I will look forward to being with you and worshiping with you Sunday.
Grace & Peace,
This week's worship information:
Lenten Sermon Series: “Everybody Always"
Sunday's Message: Who We Are Becoming
Scripture [first text is the focus of the sermon]:
Questions for reflection:
•How are you intentionally trying to feed your soul during this Lenten season?
•If someone were to ask you “Who is Jesus and why is he significant?” – how would you respond?
•In the passage from Matthew’s gospel Jesus tells Peter that he will be an instrumental leader upon which Jesus will build the church. What is the significance of that statement given all that you/we know about Peter (his good and bad moments as a follower of Jesus)?
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’ And Jesus answered him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.’ Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
And God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.’ And it was so. God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’
So God created humankind in his image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.’ God said, ‘See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.’ And it was so. God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.