Dear Second Family,
Even during the Lenten Season the peace of Christ can be hard to find even harder to accept. You are invited to share in a daily time of peace and reflection as we experience Holy Week together as a Second Family. Each morning, beginning Monday morning and continuing through Good Friday, we will post a special message with readings and thoughts from the book, Bread and Wine. Come, let us journey to the cross together.
WEDNESDAY - APRIL 16
"The death of Jesus is for us nothing if we have not died with him; the resurrection of our Lord is for us nothing if we have not been raised with him."
- Emil Brumer
I remember a few years ago, as I was discerning my call to Children and Youth Ministry, I constantly questioned my ability to organize, lead, and minister. Today’s reading is a humble reminder that as Christ’s hands and feet we are to experience him and not just remember him. The term Evangelical Christian may send many of us running for the hills, but we have a responsibility and a privilege to tell others of the wondrous acts God has done in and through our lives. Take this time to reflect on the wondrous things God has done and provided for you. Why would we not want to share this good news?
Creator God, Give us wisdom to understand the great works You have done in our lives and confidence to share that knowledge with others. Continue to work within us, Lord, so that we may die with You to then be raised with You. Amen.
TUESDAY - APRIL 15
“Lord, I cannot love and I give up trying, but I count on Thy perfect love. I cannot forgive, but I trust Thee to forgive me, and to do so henceforth in me.”
Our ability to love, forgive and serve is possible through recognizing the never-ending power of the cross. As humans we struggle daily with each of these things. The good news is God has dealt with our trespasses and every situation where forgiveness is needed. The moment we cease doing will be the moment when God starts doing. This is the time to lean back in the ever-lasting arms of God and surrender all burdens to him.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Help us to see there is no point in struggling to do things on our own. We ask you to love and forgive for us because we cannot without you. Amen.
MONDAY - APRIL 14
“We travail. We are heavy laden. Refresh us, O homeless, jobless, possession-less Savior. You came naked, and naked you go. And so it is for us. So it is for all of us.” - Barbara Cawthorne Crafton Reflection
We are all guilty of losing our measure of moderation at one time or another. We are hungry for material possessions, thirsty for worldly approval, and concerned with self-imposed standards. May we prepare our hearts for the crucifixion and resurrection of our Savior by removing all objects deemed unworthy, by Christ, of our concern.
God our Father, We come to you for insight, love, and forgiveness. Help us to remain focused on what is important and to stay in line with your will. We ask these things during this Holy Week and every week. Amen.
At Second Presbyterian Church
Sunday, April 13 - Palm Sunday
April 17 - Maundy Thursday
7:00 p.m. Community Communion Service
April 18 - Good Friday
7:00 p.m. Tenebrae Service
April 20 - Easter Sunday
11:15 a.m. Festival Service: “The Undead”
Special Music: Selected movements from Mozart’s Missa Brevis, K. 140, for choir, soloists and string instruments
Use this Lent to strive to become a worthy bearer of the name of Christ! Bring a friend…ask a neighbor…invite a colleague to come along!
Help Fill the Easter Baskets!
We are collecting filled Easter Eggs from
now until 9:30 a.m. on Saturday,
April 19. There is a donation box in the Fellowship Hall. The eggs can be filled with candy, stickers and other prizes (please avoid gum and chocolate…melty/sticky). Thanks!
2nd Edition Book Club News
Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
Our book selection is Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. We will meet at Sharon Hoffman’s house.
6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15