Palm Sunday & Holy Week:
April 5 Palm Sunday 10:30 AM Communion Service
Also: 4:00 PM Cantata @ Faith United Methodist Church
7:00 PM Cantata @ North Rose United Methodist Church
April 8 Wednesday 7:00 PM Easter Prep Worship
April 9 Maundy Thursday 6:00 PM Seder Supper
April 10 Good Friday 12 Noon Worship followed by Stations of the Cross Walk
April 12 Resurrection Day 7:00 AM Sunrise Service in Northup Park Followed by breakfast in Baptist Fellowship Hall
10:30 AM Easter Worship Service
MINISTRY OF THE MONTH: America For Christ Offering (AFCO)
What we do in the morning tends to have a big impact on our outlook and mood throughout the rest of the day. Starting our mornings with prayer reinforces our mind, body, and spirit with a sense of calmness, gratitude, and joy to help us maintain a positive perspective through our daily tasks. It is common to get distracted, frustrated, or in a rush, especially in the morning, but praying to God and giving thanks soon after waking, gives us peace to better approach each day. It is much easier to enjoy our life when we begin each day praising the grace and gifts from God!
Bible Verses about Prayer
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24
“Pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” 1 Thessalonians 5:17-19
“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:6
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” James 5:16
Faith is having the vision to see
beyond life’s challenges
to the brightness of better days.
Develop Spiritual vision:
See possibilities instead of problems.
Recognize the importance of
Trust God’s hidden workings
and live within His plans.
Ref: 2 Corinthians 4:18
Romans 3:19-24 19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.
Righteousness Through Faith
21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in[h] Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
These verses tell it like it is. No one is good enough for God. You can’t pile up Brownie points and hope they make you acceptable in His sight. The only people who think they can make it on their own are people who have cut God down to their size. The problem is that God is WHO HE IS and he is perfect holiness. That’s the bad news and it’s the good news.
How can people like you or me be made right with God?
Where do we get the righteousness we need?
The good news is that God’s kind of righteousness has been made available to us (Romans 2:21) as a free gift (Romans 3:24). It’s for anyone who has faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 3:22), which simply means you don’t get the gift unless you take it.