Week of April 12th, 2012
Blessings to you, during this Holy Week,
Many of you have been sharing in our worship services online – thank you for participating with us in this way. Remember that a Good Friday worship service will be posted today and an Easter service on Sunday at 9:30. You can find these on our Facebook page or our YouTube channel and view them at your convenience. Attached is an order of worship for Easter to follow along this Sunday. Looking ahead – join us on April 19 for worship at 9:30 a.m. and learn about Holy Humor Sunday.
The church office will be closed on Monday, April 13.
I commend the Southeastern Synod website for additional worship resources as well as Faith Formation materials for children and families. www.elca-ses.org. You can also find childrens and family resources for Easter Sunday such as coloring pages, puzzles and other activities at www.sermons4kids.com.
Go to www.elca.org for a link to Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton’s Easter address to the Church.
Next Sunday’s Readings
1 Peter 1:3-9
The Dorcas Circle will not meet for the month of April.
The 113 Club will not meet Thursday, April 23rd.
Hopefully, we will be able to resume all activities in May.
First Lutheran now has a YouTube account! While we will continue to post all of our prerecorded videos on Facebook, YouTube has advantages of “Playlists” to sort content by church season or event which makes it easier to go back and find a particular sermon or message. To access the First Lutheran YouTube channel, please use the this link –
The main page will show all currently uploaded videos, but you can click on PlayList toward the top to view these in categories. Also, please be sure to “subscribe” to the channel to be notified when new content is added.
God’s Rescue Plan
Christ’s death on the cross assures us of our salvation. Likewise, his Resurrection assures us that we, too, will rise again. In 1 Corinthians 15:17 and 19, Paul writes, “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile . . . If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.” Certainly for the Christian, eternal life has begun already, and the passing from this life to the next is just a blip on the screen. In the confidence of such a sure hope, let us spend our time here in carrying on the work of Christ that the lost may be found and restored to their Savior.
Prayer: Dear Lord, because Jesus has taken away my sins through his death and resurrection, I can confidently come before your throne, knowing that you do not see my sin, but the righteousness with which your son has clothed me. Let me always find my greatest joy in you. Through Christ, who is the way to the Father, I pray. Amen.
-Faith Matters –
“Sometimes God calms the storm and other times God calms the sailor” – anonymous