Pruning is important for growing healthy plants. In John 15:1-8, Jesus talks about the spiritual pruning needed for us to bear the fruit that he wants of us. God wants to use us to multiply hope, love, joy, and peace in our world. If that’s going to happen, then we need to be pruned.
During this Easter season, we are examining our hearts in light of Jesus’ resurrection. We are discovering what spring cleaning needs to be done within us, so we can fully experience the resurrection life we receive from God. Today’s readings also focus on Jesus as our Good Shepherd. Pastor Paige highlights the sacrificial love of the good shepherd in Psalm 23 and John 10:11-18. Jesus, the one who lays down his life for the sheep, shows us how to love. In this sermon, Pastor Paige explores how we can love the people in our daily lives with the good shepherd’s selfless love.
Spring is when we think about getting our cars washed and our houses cleaned. But what about the cleaning that needs to happen in our hearts, minds, and lives? Are there messes in your soul? Is there so much clutter in your mind that you can’t focus on what really matters? In today’s reading from Acts 3:12-19, the Apostle Peter tells a crowd about the power of Jesus. He is the one who can clean and reorder our hearts, minds, and lives.
Christ is risen! His resurrection changes everything. Knowing that death is defeated and sin forgiven, we who follow Jesus are free to be the most courageous, loving, and joyful people there are. But the truth is, many of us settle for chocolate bunnies and pastel eggs. In this sermon from John 20:1-18, Pastor Eric invites us to let the power of Christ’s resurrection fill our hearts and lives.
This year’s Good Friday observance is a Seven Last Words service. As the final statements of Jesus from the Cross are read and reflected upon, candles are extinguished to reflect the dying of the Light of the World. You will be moved by the preaching of Pastor Paige Evers (who both begins and ends the reflections), Pastor John Ranney (Reformation’s Pastor Emeritus), Lee Clarke (our Worship and Music Committee chairman), Pastor Judy Moller-Gavlick, Pastor Eric Evers, and Pastor Gordon Simmons as they reflect on Christ’s words of love as he offers his life for the salvation of the world.