Archive for March, 2016|Monthly archive page

Good Friday

Fred Ludolf, the pastor of St. John’s, talks about the cross at our Good Friday service.

Readings: Luke 22:14-23:56

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Palm Sunday

Break out the branches, it’s time to reenact the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem! Okay, so a cozy church sanctuary isn’t quite the same as a dusty dirt road, but if we want to get to the heart of this final stretch of Jesus’ ministry, putting ourselves in the story might just do the trick.

Readings: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Luke 19:28-40

Goals And Dreams

It might sound discouraging to talk about letting go of goals and dreams, but only if we’re convinced that we’re chasing after the right things. But what if we discovered that our future may be leading us away from the destination God has for us – would we be willing to swap out for some new goals and dreams?
Readings:  Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126; Philippians 3:4b-14John 12:1-8

Independence

In one of Jesus’ most well-known stories, he paints a picture of a son who longs to be independent from his father. Almost unbelievably, the father grants his request, but in the end, both “the prodigal son” and his older brother learn valuable lessons about letting go of the right things, and hanging on to what matters most.

Readings: Joshua 5:9-12; Psalm 32; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32