ABOUT “THY WILL BE DONE”
“Not as I will, but as you will,” Jesus prayed to his Father the night before he went to the cross for our salvation. And that is our prayer as well this Lent as we seek to do God’s will in our lives, as we draw near to the observance of Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection during Holy Week. Each service in the series focuses on a different aspect of God’s will at work among us. Biblical characters are used as insightful reference points each week to guide us in following our Lord more nearly day by day.
Ash Wednesday -- "God's Will and God's Promise" -- February 14 @ 7:00pm
In this service for Ash Wednesday, we remember that by faith, Abraham trusted the will of God when he promised that a son would be born to him. God’s will was done when that son, Isaac, was born, and God’s will was done when his Son, Jesus, came into the world to redeem his people.
Week 2 -- "God's Will and My Inadequacy" -- February 21 -- Dinner @ 4:30 & Worship @ 6:00pm
In this service we remember that, at first, Moses did not think he could free the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. But God gave him confidence to set his people free. In Lent we remember that God sent his Son to do his will and set all people free from the slavery of sin.
Week 3 -- "God's Will and My Dreams" -- February 28 -- Dinner @ 4:30 & Worship @ 6:00pm
In this service we remember that, anointed by God to rule in Israel, King David followed God’s will to shepherd his people, but often failed to live up to God’s dream for him. We welcome the Good Shepherd into our lives who fulfills God’s dream perfectly to gather his wandering sheep into the sheepfold of heaven.
Week 4 -- "God's Will and My Identity" -- March 7 -- Dinner @ 4:30 & Worship @ 6:00pm
In this service we remember that, in humility, Mary dutifully accepted the role God had given her to become the mother of our Savior. That Son would later accept his role, faithfully following the path his Father had in mind for him to save us all.
Week 5 -- "God's Will and My Worldview" -- March 14 -- Dinner @ 4:30 & Worship @ 6:00pm
In this service we remember that, on the road to Damascus, Paul had his worldview turned upside down when God called him to preach the name of the Christ he had been persecuting. We follow God’s will by putting the crucified Christ at the center of our worldview.
Week 6 -- "God's Will and My Response" -- March 21 -- Dinner @ 4:30 & Worship @ 6:00pm
In this service we remember that Lydia followed the will of God by responding in faith and hospitality when the Gospel message of Christ’s sacrifice was preached to her. We follow the will of God by responding in love and service to one another in return for what Christ has done for us.
Maundy Thursday -- "God's Will and Joyful Service"-- March 29 @ 7:00pm
In this service we remember that Christ asks his disciples to wash one another’s feet, as he has washed theirs, for the joy that was set before him. Serving one another with joy is a tribute to him who is the Servant of All.
Good Friday -- "God's Will is Done" -- March 30 @ 7:00pm
In this service we remember that on the cross Christ followed through with the will of God, crying out, “It is finished” as he breathed his last. This ultimate sacrifice serves as a model to look at our lives as a holy sacrifice to him.
Easter Sunrise -- April 1 @ 6:00am
Easter Festival -- "God's Will for the New Creation" -- April 1 @ 8:00am & 10:30am
In this service we remember that when Christ rose from the tomb, he opened the door to a new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. God’s will for us as Easter people is to fix our eyes on the new creation of perfect paradise prepared for us in heaven.