Pressing On sermon series

The Apostle Paul describes his Christian journey as “pressing on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” For him the journey with Christ is a lifelong experience of growing in faith and dependence on Jesus. This journey can be difficult, but it is a blessed striving that is worth anything we might find in this world. George Barna has brought language to this journey by surveying Christians around the country and learning of certain “transformational stops” they find themselves. Alarmingly, 89% of Christians describe their journey as only incorporating the beginning of salvation; an acknowledgment of forgiveness and desire to serve the church. What if there is more to the Christian journey? What if salvation is about a deep indwelling of God’s presence in your life? Join us in this campus-wide Lenten series as we talk about the second half of the gospel: pursuing love of God and love of others.  

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What is Lent? 

Lent is a season of 40 days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 17 this year) and ends on Holy Saturday (before Easter). It is a season of reflection and preparation: We reflect on our need for a Savior and we prepare to celebrate the victory of Christ, raised from the dead on Easter Sunday.

Weekly fasting

During the season of Lent many people give something up as an expression of their dependence upon Christ. Additionally, some people take something on. Consider fasting from one meal a week. Rather than eating lunch on Wednesday come to Midweek Meditation and receive the sacrament of Holy Communion.

Easter Offering for Missions

Our Easter Offering for Missions benefits four outstanding partner ministries: St. Paul Children’s Foundation, Hiway 80 Rescue Mission in Tyler, Vida Abundante UMC and UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). Each of these Christ-centered ministries make a real difference in the world as they meet physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

To help make a difference, just mark your contribution “Easter Offering for Missions” and bring it or mail it to the church by Easter Sunday, April 4.

Lilies and fans

Donate Easter lilies to decorate the sanctuary or fans to help keep East Texans cool! Honor or remember friends and loved ones by making a gift in their name. Cost is $15 each (add $1 for online orders). Fans will be distributed through PATH and St. Paul Children’s Services. Pick up an order form in the Welcome Center or order online. The deadline to order is March 19.

Holy Week events

Meditation Concert | 12:05 p.m. March 31, chapel

Holy Thursday Taizé Service | 6 p.m. April 1, chapel | Experience the beauty of silence and meditation through Taizé music and worship.

Good Friday Messiah concert | 5:30 p.m. April 2, sanctuary | Experience the genius of George Frederic Handel’s setting of the Holy Week passion with the Chancel Choir and orchestra.

Good Friday service | 7 p.m. April 2, Herd Worship Center | Hear the story again of the ultimate sacrifice. Join us for a time of reflection, scripture readings and contemplation.

Easter April 4

Sunrise service | 6:30 a.m. in the courtyard

Sanctuary services | 8:15, 9:30 and 11 a.m. with orchestra, lilies and choir

Kids butterfly release | 10:30 a.m. in the courtyard | A grab-and-go breakfast is available before and after the release for kids and their families. This is a great chance for family photos in the beautiful courtyard.

Easter at Bergfeld Park | 10:30 a.m. | Join Core for one big outdoor community service with live music and worship, and stay for lunch (food trucks will be on site), photos and family fun.

Please note, masks are required and distancing is in effect during all services and events.

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