Mid Week Lent 3 2016 – Jesus Holds the Key to Heaven (Luke 23:35-43 NIV)

Repent: Turn to Jesus … He Holds the Key to Heaven

Luke 23:35-43
New International Version (NIV)

35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”

36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”

38 There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”

40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

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Evening Prayer (Vespers) Red Hymnal pp. 54 -61
Psalm 141 (Red Hymnal p. 55)
Passion History Reading Part 2 – Gethsemane
Sermon Hymn: Red Hymnal 120 “What Wondrous Love Is This”
Sermon Text: Luke 23:35-43
Sermon Theme: Repent: Turn to Jesus … He Holds the Key to Heaven
Thanksgiving “Song of Mary” (Red Hymnal pp. 57-58)
Lord, Have Mercy
Lord’s Prayer
Prayer for Peace
Song of Simeon
Blessing

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How do I give the money I promised to the Building Project? This question has been asked a few times already, so I thought it good to pass along the information. You can do it a couple of different ways. You can use the envelopes that were with the packet you received at the group presentations. You can use the specially marked “Building Fund” envelopes that are part of your regular envelope packed. Or, especially if you are giving a little each week, you can just add that amount to your regular offering and make note of either on your check or on the envelope. For instance, if you normally give 0 weekly in offering and you promised to add /week for the building fund, you can write a check for 5 and just note that 0 is for General offering and is for the Building Fund. If you have questions about this, please don’t hesitate to ask.

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