Dr. Tim’s Encouraging Word

I’m thinking about all that’s happening around the world, in our nation, state, and city. 

     That’s the backdrop of this Easter.  Easter does not eliminate the bad news, does it?  It’s true for all. Just during these past few weeks, we know of deaths, crimes, surgeries, hospitalizations, work loss or transition, disappointment with kids, tough decisions about aging parents, economic struggles or pain that won’t go away.  A text pops up with an amber alert or a senior alert.  I’m sure something or someone has brought a tear to your eye and an ache to your heart.  Even bad news from far-away refugee camps and war zones touches us with the hurt.

     There is more than enough bad news to go around.

     So we don’t eliminate the backdrop of bad news. 

     But we focus on the Good News.    
     So don’t eliminate the Good News of Easter.  Let the light of Jesus shine in your Darkness.   Let the magnetism of  Jesus’ resurrection overcome the pull of bad news.    Allow the beauty of spring and the joy of His resurrection be your soul’s anchor.

Note:  Christian seasons give us the opportunity to connect with Christ a bit more often.  Here’s your schedule for next week.  Add an experience to your week and make it holy.

Holy Week at First Methodist
Sunday, March 20
Palm Sunday Celebration – 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Worship
Road to Resurrection for Families – 9:30 a.m.
Easter Egg Hunt at Hill Park – 2:00 p.m.
Monday  – Friday
Holy Week Prayer in the Sanctuary – noon to 1:00 p.m. (come and go)
Wednesday, March 23
Wednesday Night Live – 5:30 p.m. dinner, 6:30 p.m. programs
Thursday, March 24
Maundy Thursday Music Service in the Sanctuary – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 25

Good Friday Service featuring The Digital Age in the Activity Center – 7:00 p.m.