Dear God, thank you for today and every day. 
Please help us to keep our hearts, minds and hands turned to your presence,
listening to your call and working for your Kingdom.     
Philippians 2:5-11

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death — even death on a cross.

Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Our song today is “Ride On, King Jesus” (Spiritual; arr. Hall Johnson), sung by Donald Boos.  Thank you, Donald, as always, for the gift of your music in our congregation.  

As we continue our journey through Holy Week, my thoughts are on the difference between the world as Jesus presents -- as it should be -- and the world we make for ourselves.  I struggle to make sense of the struggle -- why is it so hard to love how we know we should love, to give what we know we should give?  Each of us has our own version of that struggle, and our own path to better ways.  My prayer is that we remember that God is with us. We remember that we are forgiven.  We remember that anytime is the right time to invite Jesus into our lives.  

Peace be with you.
Closing Prayer
Dear God, thank you for sending us your Son, Jesus Christ, to show us your way.  Please help us to accept Him fully into our lives. Amen.
Paul Sanner
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