Join Us for a Service of Worship
Sunday, March 21, 2021 11:00 AM
Virtual Worship at 11:00 AM
Fifth Sunday in Lent
Virtual Church – Online
Scriptures includes: Jeremiah 31:31-34 and John 12:20-33
Rev. Dr. Libby Grammer will preach a sermon entitled, “We Wish to See Jesus”
We’re a week away from Holy Week. We’re in preparation for the walk to the cross. In our Gospel lesson for this Sunday, the whole world is invited to hear this story, to share in its power. The “Greeks” (the Gentiles) come to the disciples and say: “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Jesus comes and they hear directly from Jesus just what all this means – that dying is part of really living, that the system of this world has been upended in favor of God’s way of life, that Jesus will draw all people to himself. When we are approached by others who wish to see Jesus, are we inviting them to know the One who made this sacrifice? Are we telling them how they might experience what we’ve experienced as we live out our lives serving Jesus in the Kingdom of God? Perhaps as we head into Holy Week, we need to remember just how to introduce people to the Son of God who came meekly to overcome evil with peaceful means, whose death ushered in new life.
Today is the Fifth Sunday in Lent. Lent is the season in which we anticipate Jesus’ final trip to Jerusalem and the self-giving nature of love shown in his passion and death. The season begins with Ash Wednesday and extends for forty days through Saturday of Holy Week. Sundays are excluded from Lent, being regarded as feast days in the midst of the forty-day fast. Lent is a strongly penitential season. The liturgical color is purple, used to symbolize penance, preparation, sacrifice.
Giving of our Resources
Please continue to give generously to the ministries of our church in 2021, even as we cannot meet in person each week. You can give online here or mail / drop off your tithes and offerings to the church office. Your gifts help us to continue to minister through virtual church services, Bible studies, ministry to the community, and more.
Thank you for providing for the mission and ministry of First Baptist Church!