Lots of Holy Week opportunities this week from our Point Place churches. One of them is a multi-church Good Friday service called “Were You There?” During the service and throughout the week, we will invite you to identify with some of the people who were at the Cross many years ago, and hopefully find the Jesus of the Cross for yourselves in some way this week. #IWasThere
On Good Friday, there are many ways of reflecting on the love of God we see displayed on the Cross throughout Point Place. One of them is a multi-church service at 7pm held at RiverPoint Ministries UMC (2862 131st St., Toledo OH) called “Were You There?” We will consider the various people who witnessed the Cross and reflect on where we find ourselves in the story. All are welcome. Childcare available.
Life isn’t always easy and smooth. Sometimes life becomes difficult because of circumstances, sorrow, pain, and sin. We may find ourselves in a season of darkness, and if feels like a parched desert. It turns out many people in the Bible, including our Lord Jesus, experienced wilderness times. This series explores what we can learn from finding ourselves in the wilderness.
Lent, the season from Ash Wednesday until Easter, is an ideal time to think about sorrow, hunger, and longing. Jesus was a “Man of Sorrows”, and we can learn from Him. During this time of contemplation of our own frailties, may we find it to be a time of learning, dependence, and comfort.
Worship service at CrossPoint is at 10:30 on Sunday mornings.
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Another All Creation Sings outing – this time a hike at Oak Openings on Saturday, April 12 at 10 am. We’ll Meet at the Buehner Center, near Mallard Lake. We’ll be hiking the Ridge Trail (silver). Afterwards, we’ll eat at Charlie’s Restaurant on Airport Highway.
Lent begins on Wednesday, March 5, and continues until Easter. Some Christians use this time as a time of spiritual preparation, contemplation, and discipline. Many people give up something for Lent. Pastor Mike has prepared a tool that we can all use to help focus our Bible reading and prayer times. It has a short Scripture passage to contemplate, a prayer topic, and a Gospel reading for each day.
If you want to go further, here are some other suggestions:
Clear out some things that are making you busy
Give up something for Lent
Jesus often went to a “solitary place” to pray to God. So should we. You might want to try spending some time outdoors.
Sometimes we talk too much. Let God speak to us.
Spend an hour or two each day without using a computer, consulting a smartphone, or playing video games.
As we contemplate and think about God, be open to His speaking to you.