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If You Are The Son of God – 28 March 2020

We’ve been following Jesus through the Gospel of Matthew, and for the last several months, have been following Jesus through that last crucial holy week of His passion. And we’ve reached the last day of that last week. Now we’ve…

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I Always Pray with Joy – 22 March 2020

We take a break from our current sermon series for a special message that speaks directly to what we are all experiencing right now.  Watch Pastor’s message today. I always pray with joy because of our 1. Partnership in the…

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The End of All Things Is Near – 15 March 2020

This has been true for nearly 2,000 years, and the priorities the Bible gives us are timeless for both days of peace and days of uncertainty: 1. Keep Your Head (So That You Can Pray) 2. Stretch Your Love (Over Sin…

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A Crown of Thorns – 8 March 2020

We’ve followed Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew from before His birth no to the day of His death.  We are smack dab in the middle of the worst day in human history. the worst day in Jesus’ life, because…

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Faith – 1 March 2020

Donnie Rosie, Marketing Director for Miracle Mountain Ranch, joins us and asks three questions: Do you live by faith? Who does your hope come from? Where do you place your faith? Fill up with this message to get your focus…

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Never Always – 23 February 2020

Dave Catanzaro fills in for Pastor Matt this week and encourages us to never, never, never give into your feelings and to always, always always turn to your faith in Christ. Be encouraged in your walk with this message. Dave…

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Jesus Stood Before the Governor – 16 February 2020

We’ve followed Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew from before His birth no to the day of His death.  We have been concentrating on the events of that last week, and that last night, and now this last day. Jesus…

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Disowned and Condemned – 9 February 2020

For the last several weeks in our ongoing series through the Gospel of Matthew we have following Jesus through the crucial events of the last hours before His crucifixion. We have seen His Passover meal, watched as he prayed in…

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He Is Worthy – 2 February 2020

We are following Jesus through the events of that crucial last week, and now last day, just hours really, before His crucifixion. We have slowed down to carefully consider everything that Matthew tells us about Jesus during these crucial last…

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It Must Happen This Way – 26 January 2020

We continue our slow walk through the crucial events of Passion Week. Jesus has just finished praying in the Garden of Gethsemane and Judas has arrived. Jesus was Hypocritically Betrayed with a Kiss, Unjustly Arrested Without Resistance, and Painfully Deserted…

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Lanse Free Church

255 Cotohisc Road
Lanse, PA 16849
Phone: 814.345.6500

Sunday School: 9:00am
Worship: 10:00am

Prayer Meeting: Wednesday, 7:00pm

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Dear Church Family,

In 586BC, the city of Jerusalem was attacked and overrun by the Babylonians, who then also destroyed the beloved temple of the LORD. And when that happened, the weeping prophet Jeremiah composed the long poem that we call “Lamentations.”

Lamentations is a sad but beautiful poem filled with sorrow over the good things that the people of God had had ripped away from them.

I love it that there is a whole book of the Bible dedicated to sadness–because grief and sadness and loss and sorrow are a normal part of life in our broken world. Good things get taken away from us, and when that happens, it is right to be sad.

And the Bible provides a God-authorized way of expressing our sadness to the Lord in prayers of lament. They’re not just in Lamentations, but all through the Bible, especially the Psalms.

I’m thankful that in these days of the Coronavirus where so many things we love are being taken away from us, that God has given us good ways to talk to Him about our sadness. To take our sorrow to Him.

In light of the expanded social distancing guidelines and the current statewide stay at home order, our church will not be gathering for in-person corporate worship for at least the month of April.

We will continue to provide a weekly Guide to Worship at Home and a recorded video message from me.

I think the experiment we tried last week with a Family Fellowship Meeting on Zoom went really well, so we’re going try it again this Sunday at 11am. This week, Matt Cox is planning to visit with us during that time and give us a little update on things up at Miracle Mountain Ranch. Check your email from the church office for information about how to connect. Let us know if you need any technical help started.

We are also going to postpone and reschedule the April Church Family meeting as there is nothing that the congregation needs to decide together at this time. We are asking all of our ministries and ministry teams to only meet in-person if it is necessary. See your ministry team or Link Group leader for further plans.

It is going to be really hard for us to not be together for a whole other month. Not sharing the Lord's Supper will be hard this coming Sunday, but how sweet will it be when we can do it again?! And Resurrection Sunday next weekend will be especially painful.

It’s right for us to be sad about these losses. It’s right for us to cry and to express our grief to the Lord.

And you might wonder how we will we ever get through this extended time of trial?

Right in the middle of the saddest poem in the Bible are these words:

“Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23, NIV).

Yes, we get the lyrics to that precious hymn from one of the saddest parts of the Bible!

No matter how bad it gets we know that God is faithful and that every single morning, He serves up new mercies for that day.

Every single day.

His compassions are every morning without fail. With the dawn comes a new wave of God’s mercy.

Remember, Jesus doesn’t want us to worry about tomorrow. Each day has a enough trouble of its own. But each day also has all of the grace we need to trust and follow Him.

"Strength for today
and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside
Great is Thy Faithfulness, Lord Unto Me."

In His Grip,

- Pastor Matt Mitchell
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