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Jesus as our Shepherd

The Gospel Reading is from John 10:1-10. This week's theme is Jesus as our Shepherd. As many of you know Jesus as Shepherd was the focus of Fr. Terry's PhD Dissertation. Join with us this Sunday at 5:30 PM as we explore this wonderful image of Jesus as our Shepherd. The lectionary readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter: Nehemiah 9:6-15; Psalm 23; I Peter 2:19-25; The Gospel of St. John 10:1-10. The "Epiclesis Service" is lead by Fr. Terry J. Hedrick and Steve Rue leads the music team. Child care is provided for children up to age 5.

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Luke 24:13-35

Sunday 5:30 PM "Epiclesis" this Week: The Gospel Reading is Luke 24:13-35. The story of the walk to Emmaus and the revelation of the risen Christ to his disheartened followers is one of the classic Resurrection stories. Join us this Sunday at 5:30. The lectionary readings for the Third Sunday of Easter: Isaiah 43:1-12; Psalm 116; I Peter 1:17-23; The Gospel of St. Luke 24:13-35.

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Third Sunday in Lent the Samaritan Woman

Third Sunday in Lent: Last week we looked at the Story of Nicodemus in John 3:1-17 and this week we will look at the story of the Samaritan Woman in John 4:5-42. Then we will compare these two individuals and observe how Jesus picks up conversation with them and relates to them in very ordinary ways as individual persons. Sometimes we think of ourselves as on a search, a search for God. Yet to tell the story of our faith in a more biblical way, we would have to say that Jesus is on a search for us; initiating conversation with us. He comes to us, often at the most surprising and inopportune times, often in the strangest or most ordinary places. He comes to us, speaks to us, and in the encounter initiated by him, we are transformed in our way of seeing God and the world around us. Join us as we explore our relationship with Christ this Sunday at 5:30 PM. The lectionary readings for the Third Sunday in Lent: Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-11 and John 4:5-42.

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The Story of Nicodemus as you have never heard it

Second of Sunday in Lent: The Story of Nicodemus 3:1-17 as you have never heard it. Join us this Lenten Season as we reflect on the lectionary readings. Jesus is the free, exalted, sovereign Son of God. He will not be contained, defined, limited, or constrained by us or our intellectual and spiritual limits. He does not offer himself to us for our limited proofs and validations. Nor does He offer us to be limited to our modern re-interpretations of Him. Jesus the Risen will be Who He is, whether we get it or not. Rather he comes to each of us, he offers himself to us, talks with us, and beckons us to follow him into unknown territory. If you are like me, the question is, are we ready for such an invitation and such a journey? The Lenten Journey has the amazing possibility to take us to the reality of the Cross and through the depths of Good Friday and into the transformative experience of Resurrection Sunday. Over the years Lent has many times resulted in a time of transformation in my life (Fr. Terry+). The key for me is to be intentional and very specific about what this season is about and its possibilities. May you too have a blessed experience this Lenten Season! The lectionary readings for the Second Sunday in Lent: Gen 12:1-8; Psalm 33; Romans 4:1-17 and Jn 3:1-17.

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The Temptation of Jesus

First Sunday in Lent: The Temptation of Jesus in Matthew 4:1-11. Join us this Lenten Season as we reflect on the lectionary readings. In Lent, we are confronted by a series of contrasts. Lent, coming as it does into a society of success, fulfillment, human potential, and self-esteem is a season of contradiction. What the church calls us to do during these 40 days of repentance, self-examination, and reflection is a counter cultural move, a reverse in our society's predominate way of thinking. This is the season we reflect on the Passion of Jesus. We were created by God for relationship with Him, others and self. We are given the dignity of choice and purpose and then we betray that with our disobedience. (Gen 2:4b-3:7) We were intended to be in fellowship with God. We destroyed that relationship in our sin. And yet, God stays with us, reaches out to us, He gives us Jesus, "the free gift of grace", in order to heal our contradictions and alienation. Paul's words in Romans 5:12-21 are a series of contrasts: sin came into the world in Adam; grace came in Jesus Christ. Many die in Adam; many live in Christ. Adam brought judgment; Christ brought justification. Death - abundance. Condemnation - justification. Disobedience - obedience. “Where sin increased, grace abounded all the more. Death came through Adam; “eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. We are able to be truthful and honest about who it is we are because of the grace that is ours in the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf. The Lenten Journey takes us to the Cross and only after Good Friday gives way to resurrection. The lectionary readings for the first Sunday in Lent: Gen 2:4b-3:7; Psalm 51; Romans 5:12-21 and Mt 4:1-11.

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