Palms, Praise, and Purpose — This week at ELC

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Sunday’s worship begins with a palm procession, commemorating Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Quickly the tone of the service changes as we hear of Jesus march to the cross.  His story, like ours, seems destined to end in pain, but we await the real conclusion on Easter morning.

Worship this week:

Saturday – 5:00 p.m. in the chapel

Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship

9:30 a.m. Sunday School, Adult  Bible Study and Fellowship

10:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship

Devotions for this week:  Palm Sunday March 25, 2018

 SHARE:   What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?

 READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding

Sunday, John 19:16b-22, The Crucified Messiah

Monday, John 17:1-19, Jesus Prays for His Disciples

Tuesday, John 17:20-26, Jesus Prays for His Disciples

Wednesday, John 18:1-11, The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

Thursday, John 19:23-30, Jesus’ Last Words

Friday, John 19:31-37, Jesus the Passover Lamb

Saturday, John 19:38-42, Passover Lamb

TALK:  Consider some of these ideas:

Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’” Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.” (John 19:21-22)

Pilate thinks he is mocking Jesus when he writes, “King of the Jews” at the top of Jesus’ cross. Little does he know the man he is crucifying is, in fact, king of all! How have you fallen into a role within your household or work environment?

  • Who are treated as royalty in our world? What have they done to earn the title?
  • What does it take for them to fall from grace?
  • How can we shift our loyalties so we praise and emulate Jesus more than our celebrities?

 PRAY: King eternal, you are the ruler of our hearts. Show us through your humble example what it truly means to lead, by giving all of yourself for the sake of your beloved. In your name, we pray, Amen.

 BLESS:  May God guide you to walk in the ways of the king. Amen.

We have no king but…? This week at ELC

Cross and crownAs Jesus stands before Pilate, those around are forced to declare their loyalty.   When it comes to the moment of truth, who do we turn to for hope?

Worship this week with Holy Communion:

Saturday – 5:00 p.m. in the chapel

Sunday – 8:30 a.m.  Traditional Worship

9:30 a.m. Sunday School, Adult Bible study and fellowship

10:30 a.m. Contemporary worship

Devotions for this week:  Jesus Condemned, John 19:1-16a


SHARE:   What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?

 READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding

Sunday, John 19:1-16a, Jesus Condemned

Monday, John 14:15-31, The Promise of the Holy Spirit

Tuesday, John 15:1-17, Jesus the True Vine

Wednesday, John 15:18-–6:4a, The World’s Hatred

Thursday, John 16:4b-15, The Work of the Spirit

Friday, John 16:16-24, Sorrow Will Turn into Joy

Saturday, John 16:25-33, Peace for the Disciples

TALK:  Consider some of these ideas:

They cried out, “Away with him! Away with him! Crucify him!” Pilate asked them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but the emperor. Then he handed him over to them to be crucified. (John 19:15-16)

 Pilate has the unenviable task of deciding the fate of an accused Jewish blasphemer. The religious issues are of no consequence to this Roman official, but sending an innocent man to death might agitate his conscience for a while.

 Tell of a time you were in a crowd when tensions rose

  • What is it that makes certain behaviors unacceptable when alone or in small groups, but more acceptable in large crowds?
  • Did you keep your head when the crowd started to turn, or did you follow the crowd?

 PRAY: O Lord, you stand unmoved by the clamor of the angry crowd. Show us what it means to truly surrender, trusting in your ultimate power over all the forces of darkness. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

 BLESS:  May God guide your thoughts and actions. Amen.

What is truth? (or better – Who is?) This week at ELC

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When questioned about truth, Pilate and Jesus cannot seem to agree.   Who do you listen to when determining what is truth?  Which kingdom holds the future?

Worship this week:

Saturday – 5:00 p.m. in the chapel

Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship

9:30 a.m. Sunday School, Adult Bible study and fellowship

10:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship

Devotions for this week:  Jesus and Pilate — March 11, 2018

SHARE:   What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?

 READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding

Sunday, John 18:28-40, Jesus and Pilate

Monday, John 12:36-43, The Unbelief of the People

Tuesday, John 12:44-50, Summary of Jesus’ Teaching

Wednesday, John 13:18-30, Jesus Foretells His Betrayal

Thursday, John 13:31-35, The New Commandment

Friday, John 13:36-38, Jesus Foretells Peter’s Denial

Saturday, John 14:1-14, Jesus the Way to the Father

TALK:  Consider some of these ideas:

Pilate asked him, “What is truth?” (John 18:38)

 Every encounter with Jesus is unforgettable, and Pilate’s is no exception. However, his questions are not those of an inquiring disciple, but of one who holds authority over Jesus’ very life.

 Tell of a time you weren’t sure what you were hearing was the truth or lies. How did you discern the truth?

  • Wonder: Did Pilate believe Jesus was a king? Do you?
  • Make a list of your top 5 values. Think of someone whose values differ from yours. How do your values shape what you perceive as truth?

 PRAY: God of all truth, your thoughts are well beyond our own. Challenge us to look beyond our narrow assumptions, into a wider vision of how the world could be. For the sake of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 BLESS:  May God speak truth to you. Amen.

Are you one of his disciples? This week at ELC

Cock crowedWhen questioned about his relationship to Jesus, Peter chose to hide his faith.   How willing are we to stand up for what the one we believe in?

Worship this week with Holy Communion:

Saturday – 5:00 p.m. in the chapel

Sunday -8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship

9:30 a.m. Sunday School, Fellowship, Adult Bible study

10:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship

Devotions for this week:

Peter’s Denial, John 18:12-27    March 4, 2018

SHARE:   What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?

 READ: Sunday, John 18:12-27, Peter’s Denial

Monday, John 11:45-57, The Plot to Kill Jesus

Tuesday, John 12:1-8, Mary Anoints Jesus

Wednesday, John 12:9-11, The Plot to Kill Lazarus

Thursday, John 12:12-19, Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

Friday, John 12:20-26, Some Greeks Wish to See Jesus

Saturday, John 12:27-35, Jesus Speaks about His Death

TALK:  Consider some of these ideas:

One of the slaves of the high priest, … asked, “Did I not see you in the garden with him?” Again Peter denied it, and at that moment the cock crowed. (John 18:26-27)

 It’s a dark night for Jesus—taken by force, and now required to defend himself to the authorities. If there’s one thing he could use, it’s the support of his closest followers. But at a time when all are about to be tested, even that might be too much to ask.

  • What lies are being told that are so subtle that our culture accepts them as truth? How might you uncover some of those lies for yourself? How might you change your mind about what you believe?
  • Wonder: How did Peter feel when he realized what he had done? How would you feel?

 PRAY: Holy Lord, your mercy is infinite and your forgiveness sure. Be patient with us when we fail you, and renew your promises within our sorrowful hearts, to the glory of your name, Amen

 BLESS:  May God walk with you, even in your darkest moments. Amen.