Thoughts From The Pastor

Dr. Rick Brooks, Senior Pastor

Dr. Rick Brooks, Senior Pastor

Dear St. Paul Family,

As we worship on this fifth Sunday in Lent before Palm Sunday, we focus on John 11: 1-44, a passage like no other. “To Not Believe” is the last of “The Real Temptations” that we identify this season. Lazarus is dead, and Lazarus’s sisters Mary and Martha are grieving and upset that Jesus did not come sooner to help before their brother died. The situation sets up an amazing conversation between Jesus and Martha, an astounding description of an upset Jesus, and the action of Jesus at the tomb of Lazarus that aligns the powers that be against him for good. What does it mean to believe that Jesus not only gives life but is “the resurrection and the life” (11: 25)? I’ll be preaching services at 9:00 East and 11:00 Downtown. Rev. Tom East will preach at 9:00 Downtown.

Sunday evening we continue our Lenten adult study at East Campus (5:30 p.m.) on Adam Hamilton’s new book, “Creed: What Christians Believe and Why.” This week we will look at chapter five, “The Forgiveness of Sins.”

Be sure and review the schedule HERE of upcoming services and activities for Holy Week and Easter. One important note is that the time for the downtown choir Requiem service on Palm Sunday (April 8) is different from previously published. The correct time is 4:00 p.m. This will be a joint presentation by the St. Paul and Parkway Heights (Hattiesburg) UMC choirs.

Kudos to Bill McLarty for setting up the trial weekly format for our enews on Constant Contact!

Have a blessed weekend, and see you Sunday!

Rick

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