Mt. Pisgah

Lutheran Church


9379 Hwy 127 North

Hickory, NC  28601

(Bethlehem Community)

Phone:  828-495-8251

Fax:  828-495-8252


Worship:  8:00 and 10:30 am

(Nursery provided)

Sunday School:  9:15 am

(For all ages)


Church email

 secretary@mtpisgahelca.org


Webmaster email

slgreene13@gmail.com

 


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Events

 

Sunday, August 19th  

New Member Class

9:15 AM Emmaus Room

 

Thursday, Aug 23rd

Preschool Parent Meeting

Preregistered students only

7:00 PM

 

Saturday, August 25th  

Council/Vision Retreat

8:30 AM to 1:00 PM

 

Sunday, August 26th  

Rally and Youth Sunday

Blessing of the Backpacks

New Members Received

Covered Dish Breakfast

9:15–10:15 AM

 

Wednesday, August 29th  

KIC & Confirmation Ministries

Parent Meeting follows dinner

Dinner at 5:30 PM

Confirmation at 6:00 PM


Saturday, September 1st to 3rd

Teens Ecounter Christ

(TEC)

 

 Tuesday, September 4th

Preschool Classes 3-year-olds

Wednesday, September 5th

Preschool Classes 4-year-olds

 

Tuesday, September 4th—10th

Bible Studies Resume

Click here for times

 

Saturday, September 8th

Addy's Giving Heart

Mad Hatter's Gala Event

6:00–10:00 PM

 

Saturday, September 15th

Church Work Day

8:00 to 11:00 AM

 

Saturday, September 29th

Youth Golf Tournament

 

Sunday, September 30th 

Homecoming

Covered dish lunch

One service—10:00 AM

 

Saturday, October 6th

YouthQuake

for 3rd-5th graders

ELCA NC Synod at Mt. Pisgah

 

Saturday, October 13th

BBQ Fundraiser

Boy Scout Troop #275

 

Sunday, October 14th

LRU Concert at Unity Lutheran

 

Saturday, October 27th

Fall Festival

 

Saturday, December 1st

Bethlehem Star Lighting

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Saturday
Mar242018

Easter

The message of Easter is the exclamation mark of love, which God made for us on the cross. Both Scriptures and Christian tradition are clear in reiterating that Jesus “shared with us” His victory over sin and death. I believe the reason for such an emphasis, is in large part due to the fact that quite frankly, He did not have to share at all.

Our natural inclination towards revenge, retribution and justice were denied by Him on the cross. We, who put Him on the cross, should not take this act of generous, forgiving love for granted, anymore than we should take His setting His face towards Jerusalem lightly. 

Both were premeditated acts of love against all human compulsion to do the opposite. Can you imagine having all the power in the world at your fingertips and not using it before or during the ordeal of the cross? Or can you imagine death on a cross, then descending to the dead, then rising again to pleasantly share the peace with those who left you in the dust to save their own skin? Easter, like Good Friday, exemplifies a love this world has never known. After being betrayed, denied, left in the Garden, and left at the cross utterly abandoned by those closest to Him, is it any wonder that the Risen Lord’s triune question to Peter stung to the heart when Jesus justifiably asked, “Peter, do you love me?” 

At the end of this season of Lent that question, I suppose, is our Lord’s question to each of us. If we truly have been touched by His amazing love, we too responsively break out in sharing. Perhaps Isaac Watts in the hymn, “WhenI Survey the Wondrous Cross,” says it best. “Were the whole realm of glory mine, that were a present far too small, Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.” 

Amen

“God, who needs nothing, loves into existence wholly superfluous creatures in order that He may love and perfect them. He creates the universe, already foreseeing. . .the buzzing cloud of flies about the cross, the flayed back pressed against the uneven stake, the nails driven through the mesial nerves, the repeated incipient suffocation as the body droops, the repeated torture of back and arms as it is time after time, for breath’s sake, hitched up. If I may dare the biological image, God is a “host” who deliberately creates His own parasites, causes us to be that we may exploit and “take advantage of” Him. Herein is love. This is the diagram of Love Himself, the inventor of all loves.” 

  --from C. S. Lewis “The Four Loves”

Music - Stuart Townsend “How Deep The Fathers Love For Us”

Photo Credit: Aaron Burden

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