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Looking Ahead



Dear family and friends of First Pres,

Here we are already in the second Sunday of Lent! Last week in worship, we started our Lenten journey on what it means to be ‘in the wilderness’ and how we can make the best of our time there.  This week, our scripture is later on in Mark’s Story in Mark 8: 31-38 and describes the disciple’s response to Jesus’ claims as well as Jesus’ claim on his disciples. 

In reading the scripture in preparation for this week, I encourage you to place yourself into the text. Think about how you may be – like Peter is with Jesus – in God’s way of fulfilling God’s purposes and plans. Also, what does it mean to bear a cross? Does one’s personal inconvenience count as a cross to bear, or is Jesus talking about something more? Jesus asks his disciples to deny themselves, take up their cross, and follow him. How do you practice self-denial for the sake of the gospel?

I can’t wait to see you this weekend! Be sure to invite someone you know to worship so they can benefit from the Presence of our Lord as you do! Remember who you are (you are a child of God!). Proclaim the Good News of Jesus wherever you go and be his loving hands and feet to the world! I am

Your pastor and friend,

Patrick