March 16, 2020 Beloved of God, At the beginning of Lent, we were reminded that wearing a cross of ash is a reminder of the fragility of life, that nothing created last forever, and that we are dust and to dust we shall return. Who would have believed that we would find ourselves living that today? These are challenging and anxious days. The uncertainty that lies ahead challenges even those with great faith in the Lord and the Lord’s promises for the world. Yet, even in the cancelling of everyday life, we recognize that Christ’s promise remains. Afterall, to get to the promised resurrection, Christ bore the cross for us. To drastically paraphrase Isaiah 40.8, the schools close, churches suspend worship, and the store might be out of toilet paper, but the Word of our God will stand forever. (The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God will stand forever. —Isaiah 40.8) With this promise in my mind and heart and out of great love for our neighbors, the council and I, with direction from the Grand Canyon Synod, will be suspending all Saturday and Sunday worship services, Wednesday Lenten services, and bible studies until, at the earliest, Palm Sunday, April 5th. Funerals and other special events will be handled on a case-by-case basis. I will be providing some options for you to be able to worship from home in the next few days. I love our church and the mission we share to welcome all to this place and once we are on the other side of this, and God will lead us to the other side, we will once again be the place that God has called to be. Further instructions to 12-step and community groups that meet here will be forthcoming. Many groups have opted to not meet without waiting for us to direct them. That is greatly appreciated and helps us as we recognize the needs of the many people who need the groups that meet here. In the meantime, we will wait on the Lord, be strong, and let our hearts take courage. (Psalm 27.14). Pray for each other, church leaders, the leaders of this nation and the healing of this world. God has this. Peace, Pastor Ron Poe.
Each service is a traditional service following a pattern of Gathering, Word, Meal, and Sending. Holy Communion is offered at each service (when led by a pastor). All are welcomed to receive Holy Communion. Sunday Morning Warm-up @ 8:00 AM meet in the library to study scripture and discuss topics of faith. We are currently studying Acts Every Wednesday during Lent at 6:30 pm join us for mid-week Lenten Service the theme: The Last Words of Christ (Each service will include song, scripture, a reflection of one of Christ's last words and an opportunity for lighting candles and prayers at the cross.)
We are Located at West Sahara and Cimarron 8200 W. Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89117
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