Jesus didn’t stay in one place for long. His earthly ministry was one of movement from one place and encounter to the next. Jesus also moved through every part of the human experience, encountering everything from temptation, to joy, to suffering and even death. This sermon series helps us to reclaim the movement of Jesus’ ministry from temptation to condemnation, through his teaching and miracles and finally through the story of his death and resurrection. As we encounter, walk and move with Jesus, we cannot stay the same. We are challenged to grow as followers and imitators of the gospel.
Throughout Lent, First United Methodist Church will be invited to “get moving”. Just as Jesus set his face to Jerusalem, we will also! Each week of Lent we will be invited to log the number of miles walked, swam, biked or ran. Register your miles weekly with the tracker card found in bulletins, at the receptionist desk, in the B2 hallway or in Sunday school binders. Be sure to check the 2nd floor hallway of the B building to see how far we have journeyed together! There will be interactive check-in points with photos and story sharing opportunities. On April 13, First UMC is hosting the “Easter Egg 5K” race and each person registered will automatically be counted in our mileage total, so invite all of your friends and neighbors to move with us! The goal is to reach Jerusalem by Easter that is 6,742 miles!
The comforting truth of Lent as we dive deeper into our own self-examination and practices is that we find that we are not alone. God is still on this journey with us, God is on the move; walking, running, swimming, jogging, biking each mile of the journey as we travel the road to Easter.
“God Moves… into the Desert”
Luke 4:1-13, Deuteronomy 26: 1-11
“God Moves Past All Obstacles”
Luke 13:31-35, Genesis 3: 1-8
“God Moves… Over the Fence”
Luke 13:1-9, Psalm 63: 1-8
“God Moves… Down the Road”
Luke 15: 1-3,11b-32, 2 Corinthians 5: 16-21
“God Moves Us…to Empty Ourselves”
John 12: 1-8, Psalm 126
April 14 -Palm Sunday
“God Moves…to the Cross”
Luke 23: 1-49, Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29
April 21 – Easter Sunday
“God Moves…Out of the Tomb”
Luke 24: 1-12, Acts 10: 34-43