Easter Sunday: Empty but Victorious – Upper Room

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Pastor Linda shared with us the Easter story as seen through the eyes of Mary at the tomb as she discovered the disappearance of Jesus’ body.  There, she was faced with the emptiness of the tomb. Today, we are faced with the emptiness of our lives.  How often do we fill the empty spaces with […]

Easter Sunday: Hope is Raised – Sanctuary

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Hear the good news – Jesus Christ has risen from the dead!  Hallelujah!  The hope of Easter is not limited to God’s ability to DO the amazing, it also includes God’s hope that we will respond to the amazing.  God is challenging us to take a risk in our every day lives and live for […]

Good Friday Tenebrae Service – Sanctuary

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The service of Tenebrae (the name means ‘darkness’ or ‘shadows’) is a Holy Week devotion which traces its roots back to the seventh century. It is characterized by the gradual darkening of the Sanctuary as candles are extinguished throughout the service. Every word spoken in the service is found in the Scriptures. The service is […]

Broken and Blessed – Upper Room, Maundy Thursday

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On Maundy Thursday, we recognized the first Communion meal between Jesus and his followers. After leading us in the washing of hands, Pastor Emily talked about what it means to be broken.  She suggested that perhaps it means that we are one with Christ, and through Jesus’s brokenness, we are offered healing. Based on Luke […]

Faces of Jesus: Palm Sunday – Upper Room

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Jesus is in complete control, no matter what happened in the weeks up to his crucifixion.  He’s in complete control of our lives, too!  When life is spinning out of control, and we don’t know what is going on, remember, as Jesus is in control of everything.  How does Jesus fit in your life?  Are […]

The Faces of Jesus: Faithful Jesus – Sanctuary

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As Jesus lived through the last week before his crucifixion, he went to the Temple every single day.  He went where his people to were that week, to bring God’s love to all of them, and today, to all of US.  He was facing making the ultimate sacrifice for them, and for us – he […]

The Faces of Jesus: Fasting Jesus – Upper Room

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To quote Rev. Davidson Chifungo, a dear friend to FPCP from Malawi, Africa, “No one can hear the Word of God when you’re hungry.”  On this 5th Sunday in Lent, we take this opportunity to look at the importance of fasting as a spiritual discipline.  Paster Emily began by sharing an outline of what fasting […]

The Faces of Jesus: Fasting Jesus – Sanctuary

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Due to a brief power outage during the 9:00am service, we were unable to capture video of today’s  service, however we hope you will listen to the available audio recording of today’s bible verses and sermon.  Please note that the Old Testament Scripture lesson is missing the last couple of verses.  We hope the video recording […]