Lent 2019: Restoration
Our world seems so broken and worn out. Relationships are severed. We have frayed minds and torn hearts. We feel lost and alone and disconnected from one another. What we need most of all is for God to restore us. We need God to find us where we are and bring us back to where we belong. We need restoration in our homes and in our communities. We need our faith to be restored, and that can only come through the promise of Jesus Christ.
April 14: Waving Palms, Luke 19:28-40
Jesus arrives to restore Israel to its former glory -- at least that is what they thought. But God has a plan for Jesus, a new glory that is beyond our imagination. Jesus is not like the kings of the past. Jesus is the Lord of Heaven and Earth.
April 21: Risen, Luke 24:13-49
The stone is rolled away. The tomb is empty. The disciples are afraid because Jesus is missing. But the empty tomb brings us incredible joy -- the joy of hope restored, the joy of captives freed, the joy of everlasting life.
Sermon Series: Talking to Strangers
Throughout the Bible, God uses strangers to teach us more about acceptance, forgiveness, and humility. Over the next few weeks we will look at encounters with strangers in the Bible, and we will reflect on hos God calls us to reach out to strangers today.
April 28: The Stranger on the Emmaus Road, Luke 24:13-35
After the crucifixion, the disciples were in hiding because it was dangerous to be associated with Jesus. On the day of the resurrection, two disciples were walking home, distraught over all that had taken place. In the midst of their despair they encounter a stranger along the road that brought them a word of hope.