Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
Annandale United Methodist
Friday, April 19, 2019
To generously share God's love with everyone we meet

Baker's Yeast

Easter is only a couple weeks away now! We have gone through the change of Daylight Savings Time, the snowbanks are melting quicker than I ever thought possible, flooding looms on the horizon for many folks in Minnesota and beyond. Many have already experienced the helpless feeling that comes with seeing water rise, quickly covering up the familiar landscape of their homes.  


We have entered the season of Spring, and along with the promise of new life, we experience some growing pains as well. In the church we say that in order to get to Easter, you have to go through Good Friday.  


Jesus’ community was expecting a Messiah. A Messiah that would make everything better. They expected someone who would drive out the Roman occupation. A Messiah that would restore Israel to its former glory in the days of King David and King Solomon. Instead, the Messiah came as one who experienced the same things in daily life as the rest of the community did. However, one thing that set him apart was that he lived life with the promise of eternal Hope.  


In order to offer others this eternal hope He did two things. Fist, he lived a life of sacrifice, and second, he invited and challenged others to do the same. He reminded people that we have a part to play in our own salvation. As was stated later in the scripture, “…work out your own salvation, in fear and trembling.” Philippians 2:12. And Jesus is here to help us do just that. It can be a challenge, but with Christ, all things are possible. 


Here are a couple items Jesus mentioned in his teachings, that the world could use some practice on today: love your enemies and pray for those that persecute you. – forgive, not seven times, but seventy-seven times – If a Roman soldier hits you on the left cheek, offer him the right one.  


To get to Easter, we need to go through Good Friday. It is not easy, but know that Christ walks beside us, and leads us through that difficult times in life. Trust in Christ, and know that the Lord is your Shepherd. Christ loves you as you are, but loves you too much to leave you that way. May the peace of Christ be with you all. 


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.


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


Pastor Paul D. Baker