Over the last couple of months, I have been preaching through a sermon series on "Conversations with Jesus". I've chose different times throughout the Gospel narratives where we get a window into personal conversations between Jesus and individuals. This has given us insight into the character of Jesus and way in which Jesus chose to transform people personally one by one.
The darkness that came over the day on Good Friday has faded into the darkness of night. There is very little recorded about the Saturday that lies between the crucifixion of Jesus and his resurrection. I can't imagine Mary his mother, his friends, and his disciples slept much that night. Although Jesus said he would rise from the dead on the third day, it doesn't seem like they really understood that to be a promise of an actual resurrection.
I highly suggest all of you participate in as many of the services we are offering this week as you can. Your celebration of Easter on Sunday will be greatly impacted by your participation in these services.
Maundy Thursday- Tonight at 7:00 -- If you're not already planning on coming tonight for the Maundy Thursday Service, do whatever you can to be here. It is always an incredibly meaningful service for me and I promise it will help fix you in the right mind and spirit as we head into Easter.
You may or may not have heard yet, but there is a special called General Conference for the United Methodist Church being held in St. Louis February 23–26. This special General Conference will begin to come to the attention of the nation through news media and social media platforms.
As we worship together in such a beautiful and spacious place, it has become more obvious than ever that there is so much more room for others on Sunday morning. Since the rebuilding of the Pepper Building began many years ago, the people of First Church have made many significant and intentional decisions to rebuild and provide space for a large congregation with a very active community of faith.