This Week in Worship

February 13, 2018

Looking back on last weekend’s worship (February 10 & 11)

This past weekend we remembered the day when Jesus was “transfigured” before three of His disciples.  His appearance became amazingly bright demonstrating the glory of His divinity.  Suddenly, along with Jesus, the disciples saw two prominent Old Testament figures, Moses and Elijah.  Moses was the leader of God’s people, who brought them out of bondage to the Egyptians.  Jesus is the One who, by His life and death, leads us out of bondage to sin and death and to the Promised Land of heaven that he won for us by His resurrection.  Moses, Elijah and Jesus were talking about the mission our Lord was to fulfill on the cross of Calvary. 

Through this beautiful account, we are to learn that Jesus is the fulfilment of the Old Testament and the One who fulfilled all things needed for us to have new life today and life eternal in heaven.

Looking forward to this weekend’s worship (February 17 & 18)

This weekend we begin our Lenten series, “Life with Christ.”  This Lenten worship series for the weekends of Lent, as well as Holy Week worship, identifies areas of life in which we join with Jesus in living the life He has called us to embrace.  We do this by waking through the Gospels to see the love of Christ that rescued us from the stain of sin, the grip of the grave and the gates of hell.  We also learn from Jesus how to navigate this life as we live with the promise of life eternal by faith in Him.

This week we begin our series under the topic, “Walking with Jesus.”  As the disciples walked along they argued as to which of them was the greatest.  Jesus reminds them that greatness is not defined by worldly standards.  Greatness is determined by serving.  This means we are called to a life of service.

 

To prepare for worship read Psalm 25; Philippians 2:1-11 and Mark 9:33-37

Looking forward to Ash Wednesday worship (Wednesday, February 14)

This midweek Lenten worship series highlights the characters of Christians as found in the New Testament.  By Jesus’ perfect life; His death for the guilt of our sin and His resurrection from the grave, ours lives are redeemed, not only for heaven, but also for our journey in this life.  The Psalmist prayed, Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me (Psalm 51:10).  In this worship series we will identify and examine these Christians characteristics to live our redeemed lives to God’s glory and to the benefit of our neighbors.

There is no question that everyone has focus.  The question is, “On what do you focus?”  We live in a world and in a time when our focus is being sought by so many “things.”  Education, and entertainment, finances and family, vocation and vacation, recreation and retirement all seek our attention.  If, in the midst of our busy lives, we fail to focus on Jesus, the one thing needful, we will lack purpose in our lives.

To prepare for worship read Colossians 3:1-10

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Wednesday, February 14 is Ash Wednesday

Plan on worshipping at either 11:00 am or 6:30 pm at First Immanuel in Cedarburg or 6:00 pm at River of Life in Saukville to celebrate the true love in our lives—the love of Christ, who takes away the sin of the world!