Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
Annandale United Methodist
Sunday, March 24, 2019
To generously share God's love with everyone we meet

Baker's Yeast

The Bible is filled with forty-day spiritual journeys in which people of faith sought to hear from God. Elijah spent forty days fasting and seeking God at Mount Horeb. Moses fasted for forty days and forty nights at Mount Sinai when he received the Law. Noah watched the rain fall for forty days and forty nights as he sat in the ark. And, even Jesus spent forty days and forty nights fasting in the wilderness before he began his ministry. During his time, he faced the temptation to deny his faith, and not move forward in ministry.


 The forty days of Lent are intended for us to prepare ourselves, to celebrate the greatest gift, Easter Resurrection. In all honesty, we should constantly be preparing ourselves, for one day Christ will return. Until that day we are charged with living out the prayer he taught us. We are to do our part. We pray “thy kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven.” That will take some sacrifice.


 Jesus’ final 24 hours were the pinnacle of his ministry on earth. It would actually make a great mini-series on TV. It is filled with drama, violence, loving care, betrayal, and surprises of every kind. That one day gave ultimate meaning to the rest of his three-year ministry on earth.


 I would like to ask you to invite someone you know, someone who doesn’t usually attend church anywhere, to join us the next few weeks. I am sure they will be blessed by our time spent together in the presence of God. 


To prepare yourself for worship each week, I have included in this newsletter a list of the biblical passages that the weekly sermons will be based upon. Please meditate on these, and let the scriptures speak to you. We will also be viewing a video each Wednesday evening at our Lenten Soup Suppers. Adam Hamilton will share insights into the scripture in those videos.


 Lastly, as I am writing this article, the Special Called General Conference is being held in St. Louis with roughly 900 delegates from all over the world. Please keep them in prayer. By the time you read this, that General Conference will be over. Whatever our delegates have decided, please keep each other in prayer as we continue with the mission of Christ’s Church, to make Disciples of Christ, for the transformation of the world.


May God’s Kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven!


Pastor Paul D. Baker