April 16, 2017
"Now on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene come to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been rolled away. So she ran to tell Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved,They have taken the Lord out of the tomb and we do not know where they laid him." John: 20: 1-2.
Easter is the centerpiece of the Christian faith. Without Easter Christmas would have no meaning. Or as the Apostle Paul said, "If Christ has not been raised from the dead, then our preaching is in vain a nd your faith is in vain." I Corinthians 15: 14.
April 9, 2017
As Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the First Day of Passover, throngs fill the streets and waved palm branches, welcoming the new king who would restore the kingdom of David. They sang "Hosanna, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord." As the week progressed, the sounds of joy and adulation were silenced and replaced by shouts of hate and anger. Such is life...here is a paradigm for life. When we are not delive red as we had hoped for, we tend to cease the cheering and sometimes even abandon our faith. We want God to change the circumstances, rather than to change us within the circumstances. Palm Sunday can truly be didactic, not only as a prelude to Easter, but for life itself.
Serving Him together,
April 2, 2017
The ending of March and beginning of April mark two enormous events in the sporting world.....that of March Madness and The Masters....these two sporting events can truly be instructive in terms of living a Christian life. It is obvious that the Apostle Paul was knowledgeable of the sporting events of his day. On numerous occasions he used athletics to set forth parabolically the truths concerning the greater game of life. Both March Madness and the Masters have these not-to-miss parables, but I would like to focus on parables found in golf, including: The Golfer's Course, The Golfer's Choice,The Golfer's Caddie, and the Golfer's Card. I look forward to sharing these 3M parables as they are most instructive.
Serving Him together,
Has Life Given You Some Stumbling Blocks?
- Unexpected Crosses?
March 26, 2017
Would you say "Life sometimes throws you a curve?" ..You know: Something you were not expecting, didn't deserve, and now you are faced with it. What do you do with this Stumbling Block? Do you allow it to shape your life in a direction you did not intend? Or are you able to use the Stumbling Block to become a Stepping Stone? It often becomes a matter or overcoming adversity and even using adversity to enable you to become a better person. It is also a matter of faith, allowing God to use these unexpected crosses as Turning Points. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday as we together explore these thoughts about our walk with Him.
Sunday, April 9, 2017: 9:00AM - Palm March from Regions Bank (Corner of Immokalee Road & Tarpon Bay Blvd) to the Church- We need volunteers, Adults & Children, to carry the palms. Please contact the church office if you could help! 239-514-3500
10:00AM - Palm Sunday Service
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 7:00PM: This service commemorates Jesus Christ's last supper and the initiation of the Eucharist. Communion will be served during this service.
Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 8:00AM- Early Service with a Butterfly Release
10:00AM - Easter Lilies, Easter Breakfast, following the service in the social hall Holy Communion, Easter Message, Brass and Strings special music, Butterfly Release, Easter Egg Hunt for Children following the service.
March 19, 2017
No doubt you have wondered where God is--especially in times of great need. As Phil Yancy says, "Where is God when you need him?" No doubt you have wondered where God lives? Is God in some distant place, too far removed from human experience? Or is God so close to us we might even miss knowing he is so close at hand? Why does God at times seem distant and at other times right there beside us filling our heart and soul with his presence? Such seemingly complicated questions, certainly questions raised for eons of time....Yet, God may be far closer and far more reachable than we have ever thought possible. The message on Sunday will address these perplexing questions.
Serving Him together,
Rev. Les Wicker, pastor
Where would you say God lives?
March 12, 2017
As each of us lives our lives, we discover life is a series of gardens. Some are spectacularly wonderful, while others are gardens of trial. As is stated in the beautiful hymn, "In the Garden" by C. Austin Miles, written in 1912, we experience life gardens alone.
If you are like me, you enjoy walking through a garden. There is a quiet serenity as you stole. It seems the garden is lifting your burdens as you focus on the beautiful flowers that share their beauty. Gardens are reflective of life itself--some immensely beautiful as the Garden of Eden, some filled with anguish as the Garden of Gethsemane, and some full of joy as the Garden of the Empty Tomb. The much beloved hymn, "In the Garden" sends a message that we experience gardens alone, just as Jesus prayed alone in Gethsemane. The implication of these three gardens have much to say to us about our walk of faith through life.
March 5, 2017
Lent is a season of Self-examination, Reflection, and Introspection....Reflecting on the trials of Jesus and our own trials, it can be a time of travail and emptiness. But just as winter precedes spring time, and suffering precedes the resurrection, we come to understand that Bad News is always a Prelude to Good News. The light of God always shines.
February 26, 2017
Putting the Patches Together for Your Life
Hey, have you ever thought of your life as a "Patchwork?" Well, yes, we are all a patchwork of experiences that have made us who we are. But what about your walk with God? That is also a patchwork of spiritual experiences. This Sunday's service will not only be about bringing a guest or guests for an opportunity to win a quilt, but a patchwork of your walk with God. The message will give you a lot to think about as you move forward in your journey of faith.