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This Very Night – 19 January 2020

We have reached not just that crucial last week that we often call “Holy Week” or “Passion Week,” but we’ve also reached that last crucial day. That last 24 hours before the crucifixion of our Lord. Jesus is emphasizing the…

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The Passover With My Disciples – 12 January 2020

For over two years now, we’ve been following Jesus through the Gospel of Matthew, and we’ve now followed Him right up into that crucial, holy, last week. Today, we enter into that critical final 24 hours leading up to the…

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A Beautiful Thing – 5 January 2020

Turning the corner into the next section of Matthew, we turn back into the crucial events of Passion Week. In today’s passage, a women does a beautiful thing to Jesus. Pastor Matt preaching on Matthew 26:1-16. Full manuscript available at…

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When Did We See You? 29 December 2019

For the last six weeks, we have been following Jesus up to the  Mount of Olives where He has been teaching His disciples about his return.  Jesus is teaching here on the doctrine of Last Things, on the End of…

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Well Done! – 15 December 2019

For the last 4 messages in our “Following Jesus” series through the Gospel of Matthew, we’ve been studying what Jesus taught about His own return. Matthew 24 and 25 is often called the Olivet Discourse because it was given on…

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Keep Watch – 8 December 2019

Matthew is a theological biography of the most compelling Person has ever lived, the Lord Jesus Christ. As we’ve studied it together these last two years, we have kept our eyes on the ball and learned about Who Jesus really…

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No One Knows – 1 December 2019

Matthew is a theological biography of the most compelling Person has ever lived, the Lord Jesus Christ. As we’ve studied it together these last two years, we have kept our eyes on the ball and learned about Who Jesus really…

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The Coming of the Son of Man – 17 November 2019

Matthew is a theological biography of the most compelling Person has ever lived, the Lord Jesus Christ. As we’ve studied it together these last two years, we have kept our eyes on the ball and learned about Who Jesus really…

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Birth Pains – 10 November 2019

Matthew is a theological biography of the most compelling Person has ever lived, the Lord Jesus Christ. As we’ve studied it together these last two years, we have kept our eyes on the ball and learned about Who Jesus really…

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Fakes and Snakes – 3 November 2019

The Gospel of Matthew is a theological biography of the most compelling Person has ever lived, the Lord Jesus Christ. As we’ve studied it together these last two years, we have kept our eyes on the ball and learned about Who…

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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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Lanse Evangelical Free Church

LEFC Guide for Worship at Home:
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