December 29 – February 23 – The Fruit of the Spirit 5 –This will be a nine week series in which we look at the fruit of the Spirit as found in Galatians 5:16-26 – Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Faithfulness, and Self-Control. As we have celebrated the birth of our Savior, we now ask, what it means to live as children of God filled with His Spirit.
Sunday, March 1 – Romans 5:12-19 – In this lesson, Paul compares the gift of God’s grace and forgiveness with the trespass of Adam and its consequences. We will explore this blessed comparison and rejoice in the GIFT of God’s grace.
Sunday, March 8 – John 3:1-17 – This is the well known passage wherein Jesus speaks to Nicodemus and includes John 3:16. Verse 17 highlights the fact that God did not send Jesus into the world to point and accusing finger and condemn the world, but to save the world. We will focus on what this means for us AND for our witness.
Sunday, March 15 – Exodus 17:1-7 – In this passage the people grumble and complain against Moses because they are thirsty. God provides by commanding Moses to strike a rock. He does so and water gushes forth. In the Gospel Jesus speaks to the woman at the well and speak of being life-giving water. Jesus said he is the water of life. We will dig into all that this means for us as we thirst spiritually for God’s love and grace.
Sunday, March 22 – John 9:1-41 – This is the story of Jesus healing a man who was born blind. We see in this story four different reactions to Jesus. The neighbors revealed surprise and skepticism; the Pharisees showed disbelief and prejudice; the partents believed but kept quiet for fear of excommunication; and the healed man showed consistent, growing faith. In the midst of it all we see the difference between spritual blindness and sight.
Sunday, March 29 – John 11:17-27; 38-53 – This is the familiar story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Jesus proclaims Himself to be the resurrection and the life. As we look at this in the Lenten season, we will also focus in on the reaction of the religious leaders, especially the words of Caiaphas that it would be better for one man to die than for the whole nation to perish. He was more right than he realized. And in that truth is the hope of our resurrection.
Midweek Lenten Worship – Wednesdays 6:45 p.m. and Thursdays 11:00 a.m., February – April 2 – This Lenten season we will look into the seven words Jesus spoke from the cross and what they meant then and what they mean for us today.