Encountering Christ: Surrendering and Receiving Life

Lent and Easter 2017

Encountering Christ: Surrendering and Receiving Life

We enter the Lenten seaon as those wo are fully known and wholly beloved. It is from this place of belovedness that we encounter Crhist, the great Lover who invites us to surrender—our agenda, our brokenness, our very selves—to receive life, to more fully become the beloved.

A special note during our Interim season: One of our highest priorities is to serve our congregation with worship services that are glorifying to God—resonant, instructive and inspirational. We are currently planning the sermon series for Advent, and from January through Lent and Easter. Preaching will primarily be by First Pres pastors and staff, and will also include other servants of the Word who are members of First Pres, as well as some outside speakers. As an Interim Senior Pastor joins us, he or she will have preaching responsibilities, along with other pastors and staff. We invite you to pray for our services each week, that God's glory will be sought and the grace of Christ will be experienced. In addition, pray for our planning, preparation of messages, and for all to have ears to hear what the Spirit of God is saying to each of us personally and as a church congregation. Thank you for your encouragement and your commitment to be here on Sunday mornings.

We invite you to follow along with the current sermon series by reading the scripture texts before or after each Sunday. Sermons are archived in our Audio Library, and you can also listen to or download the podcast for each week's complete services (available through the following week). 

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Date Sermon Title/Passage
March 1
Ash Wednesday
Ryan Pemberton
Encounters with Jesus: Laying Down Our Familiarity
Mark 6:1–6
March 5
Rev. Mark Stryker
The Disciples: Surrendering Our Plans
Mark 1:14–20
March 12
Rev. Tom Elson
The Samaritan Woman: Surrendering As Embrace
John 4:1–15
March 19
Calvin Sodestrom
The Pharisees: Surrendering Our Hypocrisy
Matthew 23:1–36
March 26
Michelle Vecchio-Lyzenga
A Sick Woman, A Sleeping Girl: Surrendering What Ails Us
Luke 8:40–56
April 2
Michael Barram
Zacchaeus: Surrendering Our Power and Privilege
Luke 19:1–10
April 9
Palm Sunday
Rosemarie Eichner-Raja
Israelites: Surrendering Our Praise
Matthew 12:1–11
April 13
Maundy Thursday
The Disciples: Surrendering Our Expectations
John 13:1–20
April 14
Good Friday
Christ's Surrender

April 16
Rev. Tom Elson
The Disciples: Surrendering Our Perceptions
Luke 24:13–35