The First Reading was Ezekiel 37:1-14 read by Jose, and the Second Reading was Romans 8:6-11 read by Salome. Psalm 130 was read by Neil and the congregation together. Reverend Patterson read the Gospel of John 11: 1-45. Jesus continues to perform miracles before his arrest and many people believed in him and followed him as the Messiah.
Reverend Patterson told how our lives sometimes include pain, sorrow and death, which are hard to deal with. Though we may feel that God is absent in some of these trials, He is always there with us and He may use the misfortune to help bring blessings to others and in turn we are blessed. When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, many were present and led to believe in Christ as the Savior. Just as he brought back life to Lazarus, we are to bring the light of God to others. Glorify God and help others to believe.
Next Sunday will be Palm Sunday, 8:45 a.m., and St. Matthew’s has prepared a schedule of services for Holy Week. All of the evening services will begin at 7:30 p.m. Beginning on Monday, April 18, Neil Nichols will lead the service of the Great Litany. Wednesday, April 20, he will also lead a Tenebrae service. On April 21, Maundy Thursday will be a service including feet washing with Rev. Richard McLeon. April 22, will be the Good Friday service, also with Reverend Richard McLeon. This all leads us to the Easter Sunday service on April 24, 8:45 a.m. with Rev. McLeon and will include a baptism.
St. Matthew’s welcomes all to attend the services which remember the death and resurrection of Christ. Join us in this journey that takes us on a walk with Christ.