Lent24: Called to More Worship Series
Sunday, February 18, 2024 | The Highs and Lows
Mark shows, in just a few short verses, how Jesus moved from a high point of his baptism where God’s voice proclaimed him as God’s beloved one, to being in the valley of temptation in the desert, and then launching his public ministry in Galilee. We know all too well that life can throw us highs and lows in short succession. Jesus shows us how to stay close to the Father in the moments of spiritual highs and the seasons of struggle and everything in between. This is real life, and God wants to walk with us through it all.
Sunday, February 25, 2024 | Where Are We?
On the mountaintop where Jesus is transfigured, he shows us what real presence means. He is authentically present with the Creator. Peter’s response is to make a show of things; he misses the opportunity for real presence. This Sunday, we’ll reflect on how we’re each called to be fully present with God and with one another. Knowing where we are and where we are going allows us to be transformed by grace in real-time.
Sunday, March 3, 2024 | Jesus Math
Jesus saw injustice being done in God’s name and God’s house—money changers and people selling animals for temple sacrifice were notorious for ripping people off in the name of religion. This is one of the places in scripture where we see Jesus truly angry, displaying the fullness of his human emotion. In John’s gospel, we see his passion for justice clearly. We are called to have the same kind of conviction that drives our actions, to put our faith into practice to make real change in the world that will benefit others.
Sunday, March 10, 2024 | Filters
As we continue our walk through Lent, we take a moment to look honestly at our lives and recognize where we’ve fallen short. The gospel helps shed light on the darker places of our spirits we’d rather hide and allows us to see more clearly. Jesus invites us to an honest account of our lives so that we might receive the gift of real forgiveness from a God who is always merciful, always gracious, and always welcoming us back.
Sunday, March 17, 2024 | Authentic Friendship
In one of the last passages before Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion, John shows us how Jesus responds with total honesty—both with his friends and with God. There is no sugarcoating or facade here. There is only Jesus in his authentic self. Can we be that real as well? As we prepare to enter Holy Week, let’s walk with Jesus through his passion and death so that we might celebrate his resurrection in full joy. This is an opportunity to be real with God, with others, and with ourselves.
Sunday, March 24, 2024 | Mindful Mediation
Sunday, March 28, 2024 | Good Friday | Prescription Discount
Sunday, March 31, 2024 | Easter | Instagrace
Love Thy Neighbor Lenten Giveaway Challenge During Lent
Join our Love Thy Neighbor Lenten Giveaway and challenge yourself to give away one piece of clothing every day during the 40 days of Lent. The Love Thy Neighbor clothing program provides free clothing to area families in need.
Bring your new or gently used clothing donations to church now through Easter Sunday, March 31, and place them in the designated bin in the Welcome Center. Clothing items should consist of men’s, women’s, or children’s clothing or shoes. Underwear and socks must be new and in the original packaging.
The donations will be delivered to Love Thy Neighbor throughout Lent. Vista Ridge UMC has several members who volunteer at the nonprofit organization each week.
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