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Friday, April 3, 2020

Looking Forward

With April 12th marked on the calendar, this is the peak of the Church Year. The time of year where we celebrate the victorious battle that was won by the cross of Christ at Calvary and His resurrection three days later. Earlier in the week, we prepare the palms for the children to wave and sing the Hosannas!, we gather together on Maundy Thursday to receive the Supper of our Lord, we gather together on Good Friday to dwell upon the Crucifixion, and on Easter Morning, we celebrate with the words,
“Christ is risen!”
“He is risen, Indeed! Alleluia!”

And of course, the great celebration followed by the Easter breakfast coordinated by the Walker family. As a highlight of the year as we gather together in food and fellowship rejoicing as redeemed children of God.

But this year will be different. Due to the recommendations to limit the spread of COVID-19 our online-only services will continue until further notice. You might be wondering, “Will we celebrate Holy Week and Easter when we return?” And Yes! Of course! We shall celebrate The Resurrection together in all of its fullness! But until then, we will continue on with the church year online as we walk Holy Week together in this time of crisis. And take heart, this too shall pass. For nothing can separate us from Christ and through Him, we look forward in hope. In the meantime, we will closely monitor the situation and relay any updates when appropriate. Until then, join us in unified isolation, as we celebrate the Christ and His Work from the Triumphal Entry to His Empty Tomb!

April Service Schedule
Note: Online Services Only

Every Sunday Morning at 9:15 AM 
April 5th Palm Sunday at 9:15AM 
April 9th Maundy Thursday at 7:00 PM 
April 10th Good Friday at 7:00 PM 
April 12th Easter Morning at 9:15 AM

Also, a special thank you to you all. It is during these important times that we band together. And to see all that you have done for one another is indeed a joyous moment of thanksgiving. Thank you for caring, showing kindness and compassion and simply loving one another. Your acts of kindness have been a great encouragement during this difficult time. Thank you to our council and elders for continuing to help and support the ministry at Faith Lutheran. Thank you for the prayers and the concern for the welfare of Christ’s Church! And also a very special thank you to Jeff Mark and Chris Deklotz. You have helped in so many different ways in this interesting time. Thank you for all your help in the services and the time you commit to having these services unfold in such a beautiful way. You are appreciated and I thank you for everything that you do.

We are in this together, and as we look forward, all will always be well. For “It is Finished!” and with great surety and bold confidence we move together victoriously in the name of Christ!

✝️ Pastor Jeong

The full newsletter can be found here:
https://www.faithmoorpark.com/files/pdf/2020/2020-04-Newsletter.pdf

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Conversations in Lent

Here are the following Gospel readings for every Sunday in the month of March.

Matthew 4:1-11 [March 1st]
After fasting for 40 days and 40 nights, Jesus was tempted by the devil, saying, "If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread". Jesus says, "man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord"[Mt4:3-4]. In this conversation, it is Jesus who not only brings the Word of God but He is the Word that stands victorious over the devil. Jesus is the faithful one who walked the road for you. A comforting conversation this is!

John 3:1-17 [March 8th]
After Nicodemus came to Jesus at night, he asked, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him. Jesus answered him, 'Truly, truly, I say to you , unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God" [Jn3:2-3]. In this conversation, Jesus teaches that human reason can only go so far. But rather, it is faith [as a gift] that is given by the Holy Spirit that we are born from above and made anew by His Word. A blessed conversation this is!

John 4:5-26 [March 15th]
Jesus passed through Samaria to meet the woman at the well. Though she had thirsted for many things in life including her adulterous ways, it is the Lord that reveals that He is the Living Water. "Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life" [Jn4:13-14]. In this conversation, Jesus proclaims "I who speak to you am He". He comes to give eternal life to this woman. A living conversation this is!

John 9:1-41 [March 22nd]
The blind man from birth was suffering in his human condition. No one could help but the Lord. In this conversation, the disciples wondered what this man had done to deserve this particular affliction. Jesus answered, "it was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him" [Jn9:3]. As He spat on the ground to make mud with saliva, Jesus anointed the man's eyes with the mud saying "Go wash in the pool of Siloam". By the Word of the Lord, the blind man could see! In this conversation, Jesus reveals the mighty work of God as He makes the impossible things possible. A life-reversing conversation this is!

John 11:1-45 [March 29th]
With Lazarus already dead, Mary and Martha said, "Lord if you had been here, my brother would not have died" [Jn11:32]. Yet, in this conversation, as the deathly reality of Lazarus emanated through their hearts and minds, Jesus says, "Lazarus, come out". Through His powerful word, Jesus makes the dead arise! And even more, as He is the Word, He gives the blessed words, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live" [Jn11:25]. A joyous conversation this is!

Lent is a time of somber reflection as we dwell upon the reality of our own sin. Sin that has brought us to these words, "For you are dust and to dust you shall return" [Gen3:19]. Like Nicodemus, or the woman at the well, and even the blind man and Lazarus, they are humble reminders of our own helplessness. Yet when Jesus enters the conversation, He brings deliverance and hope as the true Light of the World. In His holy conversations, He brings to light the reason why He came. "This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it" [Jn11:4].

Friends, though we like sheep have gone astray, everyone turning to their own way [Is53], we are not left in our sin, for it is the Lord who laid on Him the iniquity of us all. In our helpless and hopeless state, Christ comes to you in His Word, His glorious conversation that points you to His victorious work at the Cross and Empty Tomb. We are not left here to fend for ourselves, rather it is Jesus who crushes the devil, and delivers you the forgiveness of sins. These are the graceful words that Christ converses to you. And through the season of Lent, I pray that you may dwell upon these conversations as they point you to God's merciful promise through Christ alone.

Blessings to you all,
✝️ Pastor Jeong

The full newsletter can be found here:
https://www.faithmoorpark.com/files/pdf/2020/2020-03-Newsletter.pdf

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