2017 Lenten Sermon Titles
03/12 – 04/16/2017
“Learning To Follow God’s Lead”
03/12 “Following Is Easier When We Know The One We’re Following” (Matthew 6:5-9) How well do we really know God?
03/19 “What Are We Seeking?” (Matthew 6:5-10) What’s most important or high on your priority list?
03/26 “What Satisfies The Hunger of Your Soul” (Matthew 6:5-11) Jesus offers us bread that will satisfy our deepest hunger.
04/02 “Forgiveness” (Matthew 6:9-12) Unconditional love and unending grace are the lubricants that enable us to live freely as God’s children.
04/09 “O Father in Heaven…Lead us…” (Matthew 6:9-13) Jesus invites us to allow God to lead us and provide us with all that we need.
04/16 “When Empty Is Something Good” (Mark 16:1-8) Empty is something good when we are willing to believe that God has a plan, is working that plan for our best and for his glory.
Pastor Ed's March-April News
“An Invitation To Drink Deeply”
Are you thirsty? I mean, really thirsty? I’m not talking about physical thirst, but spiritual thirst. How thirsty are you deep down in your soul to know God? How much do you really desire to know the living God who promises to become a life giving spring within us that supplies all that we need to experience life to the fullest? In the Gospel of John Jesus invites the woman at the well to ask him for this living water. “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” (John 4:10) Later, he says to her, “Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst again. Indeed the water I given him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.(Vs. 13,14)
I’m convinced that the thirst in our souls can only be truly satisfied by drinking deeply from this spring that God places within us as a result of our faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. This spring that Jesus points to is the indwelling presence of God’s Holy Spirit that would be given to all who believe in him after his death, resurrection and ascension commencing with the Day of Pentecost. It is not enough for us to say yes to God’s wonderful gift of this water, we must be willing to drink deeply from this spring each day. Being the busy people that we are with all of the pressures of life we try to live our lives daily by only taking small sips of water from this spring. In doing so, it is no wonder that we feel distant from God, struggle to live what we profess as Christians, and fail to conquer habits or issues in and between us that prevent us from living our relationship with God that fully quenches the thirst in our souls. Have you ever stopped to consider that it takes more than a sip to quench a deep thirst?
Well, I’d like to invite you to seize hold of the opportunity during this season of Lent (March 1st-April 8th) to drink more deeply from this spiritual spring of God. I’d like you to be a bit more intentional about being willing to take the time to journey with us as we prepare to celebrate the last week of our Savior and Lord’s life, Passion/Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday. I’d like to encourage you to carve out of your day a special time, if you aren’t already doing so, to read a passage of scripture, reflect upon its meaning and impact upon your faith and life, and to pray for our FUMC family. A couple of resources that I’ve found helpful are the Upper Room and Our Daily Bread devotionals. I would also recommend if you want to deepen your prayer life, conversations with God, a prayer guide for Lent entitled, “Seek God For the City” that is available. Just ask me. There are many others. If you need assistance in finding something, just give me a call. I’d be glad to help you.
I would also invite you to join us each Sunday for worship when my messages will focus on the Lord’s Prayer from Matthew’s gospel (6:5-13). I have entitled this series “Learning To Follow God’s Lead” (see details elsewhere in this newsletter).
Also, mark your calendars for these four special events and their dates and times, so that you can be with us and even invites others to join us also to drink even more deeply from this spring. These events are: Passion/Palm Sunday Sunday, April 9th 9:00 and 10:30 am in our sanctuary, Maundy Thursday, April 13th, (When we reflect upon Jesus’ last meal with his disciples and celebrate Holy Communion) 7:00 pm in Fellowship Hall, Good Friday (Reflecting upon Jesus’ death on the cross) Friday, April 14th at 7:00 pm in our Sanctuary, and (The Celebration of Christ’s Resurrection) at our Easter Sonrise Service on April 16th at Sharon Lent Klemme’s at 7:00 am and/or Easter Sunday Service at 10:30 am in our Sanctuary.
It is my hope that as you drink more deeply of God’s presence and power by being willing to be led by the Holy Spirit, you will come to know God in Jesus Christ more fully and live for Him more faithfully.
So, the choice is yours. You must decide if you want to drink deeply from this well. You could see this as just one more thing to do in your already too busy schedule, or like the woman at the well, see it as the chance of a lifetime to press in and know God as you’ve never known him before.
Just another thirsty soul,