Pastor’s Midweek News

Pastor’s Midweek March 13, 2019

Lent 2019
“Prayer Wall” series. There is a prayer wall in the Narthex of First United Methodist in Luling. The wall will have plenty of cracks and niches for us to place slips of paper with our prayers. No prayer is too bold and we will invite folks (all are welcome) to add prayers each week as Lent deepens. The series will be about our prayers and how they can help us understand what God is doing. Paul Escamilla and his book, “True When Whispered: Hearing God’s Voice in a Noisy World” seems a good choice as a guide for this series. The prayers you leave at the wall will remain anonymous. Our series through March is: 06 MAR 2019, Ash Wednesday, Sermon Title: “Desperate Prayers”, Scriptures: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 and Luke 18:9-14. March 10, 2019, First Sunday of Lent, Sermon Title: “Teach Us To Pray”, Scripture: Romans 8:26-27 and Luke 11:1-4. March 17, 2019, Second Sunday of Lent, Sermon Title: “Elephant Tracks”, Scriptures: Philippians 4:8-9 and Luke 9:28-36. March 24, 2019, Third Sunday of Lent, Sermon Title: “Down on the Knees of My Heart”, Scriptures: Romans 10:8b-10 and John 14:25-27. March 31, 2019, Fourth Sunday of Lent, Sermon Title: “Whispering in Church”, Scriptures: Psalm 23 and Luke 11:1-4.

Our Lenten Book Study will feature Adam Hamilton’s “Simon Peter: Flawed But Faithful Disciple”. We will begin on March 13 at 6:00 in the Fellowship Hall with a light meal, then dig in for this six-part study. Friends, this promises to be one of our best studies ever. All are welcome. Bring a friend. Please register at the church office so that we know how many to prepare for. And you can get your book through the office, or through Cokesbury.

Holy Week

Palm Sunday, April 7, 2019. We will worship at 9:00 and 11:00 and consider Joshua 4:1-7 and Luke 19:28-40. “The Witness Stones of Jerusalem” is our message for Palm Sunday. If those old stones could tell their story, what would we hear from them?

Maundy Thursday, April 19, 2019. We will worship at 6:00 p.m. and focus on what happened in the upper room that night. The homily is “Washing Up” and our scripture is John 13:1-17.  Mom always calls out to the kids “wash up” before dinner. And Jesus does the same. We will meet in our Fellowship Hall this evening and have Holy Communion.

Good Friday, April 19, 2019.  We will worship at 6:00 p.m. and consider Matthew 27:11-26; 45-50. The sermon title is “Darkness”. On Good Friday, Pilate washed his hands of the whole mess, but was it that easy?

Easter Sunrise, April 21, 2019 at 7:00 at William Taylor United Methodist Church, followed by breakfast and fellowship. Pastor Bill will preach a homily, “The Message about the Cross” relying on Luke 24:1-12 and 1 Corinthians 1:18-25.

Easter Morning, April 21, 2019 at 11:00 combined service. “An Idle Tale?” is the message for the day as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Our scriptures are Luke 24:1-12 and 1 Corinthians 15:19-26. It will be a glorious morning of worship with all of the traditions of the church, but with the “newness” that our Jesus brings. Some hearing of the empty tomb thought the news was an “idle tale”. How about us? What do we believe?

Grace Abounds!

Pastor Bill

     

Pastor’s Midweek February 27, 2019

We will finish our series “Why”: Making Sense of God’s Will” this Sunday, based on Adam Hamilton’s book of the same title. Our last message is “Why God’s Love Prevails” with Scriptures: Romans 8: 28, 35, 37-39; Matthew 28:1-10. Friends, this is a message of hope as we begin our time of Lent next week.

Our Lenten Book Study will feature Adam Hamilton’s “Simon Peter: Flawed But Faithful Disciple”. We will begin on March 13 at 6:00 in the Fellowship Hall with a light meal, then dig in for this six-part study. Friends, this promises to be one of our best studies ever. All are welcome. Bring a friend. Please register at the church office so that we know how many to prepare for. And you can get your book through the office, or through Cokesbury.

Shrove Tuesday means Pancakes! Calling all men of the church! On Tuesday evening, March 5 at 5:30, we will make pancakes and feed the ladies. How hard can it be? There is a sign up list at the office so that we can get organized.

The church will be open on Wednesday morning, March 6, for imposition of ashes, from 7:30 until 9:30 a.m. Then, at 7:00 the church will gather for an Ash Wednesday worship. The homily is “Desperate Prayers” and our guiding scriptures are Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 and Luke 18:9-14.  It is time to begin our Lenten journey and this is the place to start.

 

 

Grace Abounds!

Pastor Bill