E-letter March 24

Hello, St. Andrew’s community –

As we approach the fourth week of Lent, the biblical imagery keeps us moving closer and closer to the cross, where Jesus will be “lifted up” in humiliation and exaltation, Just like Moses’ bronze serpent lifted up in the wilderness, this one lifted up will bring healing and salvation to all who look on him and believe. Within John’s gospel the understanding of belief a relationship with Jesus, talk of judgment is descriptive rather than prescriptive. Rejecting a relationship with Jesus does not call down judgment-rather separation from Jesus is judgment. Through Jesus God offers the world eternal life, which describes a quality of life with Jesus, more than a quantity. This life, consisting of a never-ending relationship with Jesus, brings light out of darkness and healing through the cross.

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Upcoming:

– Lessons:

Fourth week in Lent: Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107: 1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21

Fifth Sunday in Lent: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-12; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33

– Lenten Activities

– Lent Wednesday Evening Fellowship

Wednesday March 26th James and Linda Wheeler

Wednesday April 1st Gloria Omanito

– New adult forum:

Study on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd Epistles of John: March 20, 27 & April 3

– Work Day at St. Andrew’s:

Saturday April 4 from 10:00-2:00 PM

– Holy Week Services

Palm Sunday Services: Friday April 3 & Sunday April 5 at 10:00 AM

Maundy Thursday Service: Thursday April 9, 2009 at 7:00 PM

Good Friday Worship: Friday April 10, 2009 at 7:00 PM

Easter Sunday Service: Sunday April 12, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Prayer Requests:

– For the Refugee Ministry of St. Andrew’s

– Sungmin’s Father recovering from Surgery

– Denise England’s Father

– Baby Lorenzo

– For peace in the many areas of the world that are struggling with conflict

(This list is far from complete, so please let us know if there are other people or situations that you’d like to have included in this letter.)

Intern Tim:

This season of Lent is an interesting one, people take many different angles when going through this season or any seasons of the church. To some, the seasons of the church only can be distinguished as a color change in the church. Purple is the color that is chosen to represent Lent, a normal sign of kingship, during the time of Lent it’s a sign of penitence. Lent in the early church was a time in which candidates and converts prepared themselves for their baptism into the Christian faith. Now we do different things in order to humble ourselves during this season. As we get closer to Easter a time of celebration, my hope is that we don’t take it as another holiday in the church, or color change. It is a time for us as Christians to live in the promise of the resurrection that Christ lives out for us.

Some Words for the Week:

If you have something to do that is worthwhile doing, don’t talk about it but do it. After you have done it, your friends and enemies will talk about it- by George W. Blount

Wednesday Fellowship

Directions to James and Linda’s: 10 Sheikh Mahmoud Abu el Ayoun Near Heliopolis Courthouse (Midan el Mahkama, Masr el Gedeeda), behind Nasr Club (wara’ Nadi el Nasr), above Hoda Pharmacy Closest Metro: Helmeyet el Zeitoun — coming from downtown towards el Marg, cross tracks before exiting and getting a taxi (LE5) Driving from Salah Salem towards airport: after Meridien Hotel on right, take exit to right of bridge; turn right with traffic, make first left u-turn and go under bridge, this is Abu Bakr el Sadeeq St. Follow to alongside Heliopolis Courthouse then turn right on Hegaz St. Make first left at Adidas store. This is our street. Or drive from Midan Roxy past TGIFridays and Merryland Park on Hegaz St. Go past the courthouse and make first left

Blessings to you this day and for the weeks ahead. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you soon.
– Pastor Clifford and Pastoral Intern Tim

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