�??Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore, we must be saved by hope. Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore, we must be saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, could be accomplished alone; therefore, we must be saved by love. No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our own standpoint; therefore, we must be saved by the final form of love, which is forgiveness.�?�
Reinhold Niebuhr�??1952, The Irony of American History
As we move through the final weeks of Lent heading towards Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter, the above passage, written by Reinhold Niebuhr in his book, speaks what I believe are words that help us live into the message of Jesus�?? life, death and resurrection.
�??Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore, we must be saved by hope.�?� Jesus, working with God, had a plan to save God�??s people. However, this plan could not be fully carried out unless Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected. Through his death and resurrection, Jesus gives us a hope for a better life here today and a better life after death as well. This is why we celebrate Easter. This is why the trumpet sounds. This is why we have communion and why we sing songs of praise on Easter. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead will raise us from the dead! The same power that gave Jesus life will give us life! The same power that breathed into Jesus' tomb will breathe into our tombs! And we don�??t have to stop breathing to experience that power now.
�??Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore, we must be saved by faith.�?� Hope leads to faith. If we hope that Jesus�?? death and resurrection will lead to a better life here and now, then we need to move forward in faith. Many things in life are still a mystery; Jesus�?? death and resurrection--in part--still remain a mystery to us. However, even in this mystery, we need to reach out a hand to Jesus and take that step into an unknown new life. The resurrection is God's way of revealing to us that nothing which belongs to God will ever go to waste�??not even mortal bodies. It is God's way of revealing to us that nothing in life is so dead and hopeless that it cannot be transformed and resurrected. It is through our faith that we can achieve transformation and resurrection.
�??Nothing we do, however virtuous, could be accomplished alone; therefore, we must be saved by love.�?� We are reminded in scripture that we are loved by God and by Jesus. Anything that we do in our lives, we do not do alone. God and Jesus are there every step of the way. Why? Because they love us. It is by that love, a love that took Jesus to his death, that we are saved. If we are willing to open our deepest and darkest tombs and pray, "Lord, here is all the junk, the pain, and the despair that is decomposing within me. Take it, transform it, and breathe into me new life�?�, we can have that new life today. If we reach out to Jesus and accept his invitation to bring our lives back into alignment, we can experience a love like we have never before experienced. If we can just say, we are tired of trying to make our lives better on our own, we can be transformed and resurrected.
�??No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our own standpoint; therefore, we must be saved by the final form of love, which is forgiveness.�?� What I am seeing here is that we can have hope, faith and love, but without those things leading to forgiveness, we have nothing. Jesus has this to say about forgiveness in Luke 7:47, �??Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.�?� Forgiving someone can be difficult, but, forgiveness is not only about others; it is also necessary for our own spiritual growth. Love and forgiveness cannot be separated. If we choose to live out the love of God as the purpose of our life, then forgiving is an option that cannot be avoided. This is why we pray these words in the prayer Jesus taught us, �??And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors�?�. Our lives in Christ are not complete without forgiveness. God and Jesus�?? plan, which was not carried out completely until Jesus�?? death, is not fully complete without forgiveness.
The Apostle Paul, writing in 1 Corinthians 13:13, had these words to offer his followers, �??And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.�?� I would venture to say that if Paul had meet Reinhold Niebuhr, he may have included forgiveness in his message. I believe that faith, hope, love AND forgiveness are all needed in order for God�??s plan through Jesus to be complete. When we have all four of these things in our lives along with Jesus, our resurrection into a new life can take place here and now and into the future.
Peace and Blessings,
Please pray for these people
on their designated day in April.
1) Matt, Brenna Harris, Suttyn, Kru, Mac
2) Gretchen Kimble
3) Phyllis Knackstedt
4) Vicki Lindenberger
5) Mike and Dorothy Luty
6) Mike and Kimba McCormick
7) Randy and Darcel Miles, Aisjha
9) Ray and Jeanne Osborn
10) Charlie and Carolyn Pauls
11) Lenore Postier
12) Loren and Denise Postier
13) Elva Rump
14) Devin and Jessica Schierling Karson, Kash, Kella
15) Gene and Karen Schierling
16) Roy and Shivawn Schierling
17) Dennis and Crystal Schroeder
18) Jerry and Ruth Sisson
19) Cassie Spears, Levi, Hailey
20) James and Sophia Stephens
21) Freddi Stowe
22) Allen Thiessen
23) Merle and Karen Thiessen-
24) Verla Thomason
25) Donna and Jim Toews
26) Lamont, Kelly Turcotte, Aoife, Loki
27) Pastor Dennis Ureche and Diane Miller
28) Peggy Watts
29) Marcelyn Wittorff
30) Lois Wright
Virginia Bosworth, Steve and Theresa Buller,
Janie Gormley, Pastor Jeff Groene,
Jack and Beverly Hicks and family,
Gretchen Kimble, Kairos Prison Ministry,
Mike McCormick, Nathan Schierling,
Jim and Sophia Stephens, Peggy Watts,
Brianna Krull, Grace Riggs, Ralph Vogel,
Wayne Lintz, Jill Castain
Family and Friends of Charlotte Alley
Family and Friends of Judy Kay Alley,
Family and Friends of Eldo Prieb,
Family and Friends of Linus Linaweaver
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for April
April 7 Isaiah 43:16-21
April 14 Psalms 118:1-2,19-29
Isaiah 50: 4- 9a
April 21 Acts 10:34-43
1 Corinthians 15:19-26
April 28 Acts 5:27-32
The Kansas Oklahoma Conference
Annual Meeting is October 18-19 in Tulsa
and the keynote speaker will be award-winning author and internationally known public speaker Diana Butler Bass.
Butler Bass who has a PhD from Duke University is a thought leader on issues of spirituality, religion, culture, and politics.
She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, PBS, CBS, and FOX, has been interviewed on numerous radio programs, including shows on NPR, CBC, and Sirius XM, and has work featured in numerous print and online newspapers and magazines including Time, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Times. From 1995-2000, she wrote a weekly column for the New York Times Syndicate. She was a founding blogger for both Beliefnet and Huffington Post religion. Her bylines include the Washington Post and Atlantic.com.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Diana Butler Bass, lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband, Richard Bass, and their dog, Rowan. Butler-Bass�??s professional bio goes on to state that that she has a passion for environmental issues, supporting local farms, reading poetry, cooking, gardening, Washington Nationals baseball, and Duke basketball. We�??ll ask her not to mention that last one when she comes to KO in October!
While much of our time will look at the future of KO, we can never do that in isolation of asking the broader questions about the context in which we live and serve. Diana Butler Bass will help us take a �??big picture�?� look as we continue to explore an unfolding future.
Wednesdays, thru April 17
Morning Session at 9:30 a.m.
Evening Class at 6:30 p.m.
The book �??The Book of Not So Common Prayer�?� written by Linda McCullough Moore
Is the basis for this year�??s study.
The Book of Not-So Common Prayer is a handbook that combines spiritual insight with practical action steps you can take to change your prayer habits�??and change your life. In describing her own transformation from a person who prayed on the run to a person who prays four times a day, Linda McCullough Moore builds a compelling case for a life founded on prayer. Drawing inspiration from the ancient practice of meditation, Moore shows how any time spent in prayer will transform the time you spend with your family, at work, or in play. She then delivers a well-supported methodical process you can follow to experience more depth, meaning, and joy in your prayers.
Everyone is invited to join us for
before the Lenten Study
beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Make a note!
Will move to 7:30 p.m.
because of the Lenten Study
This Lenten Season we are inviting everyone to give their burdens to God by nailing them to the wooden cross in the Narthex.
Hammer, nails, paper and pen,
will be beside the cross.
Thursday, April 4
Sunday, April 7
Pleasant View Home Worship Service
Thursday, April 11
will meet for breakfast
Saturday, April 13
Inman Harvest Café
Palm Sunday Morning Worship Service
Sunday, April 14
Community Palm Sunday Service
Sunday, April 14
St. Peter�??s UCC
Everyone is welcome!
will be attending
Church Basement Ladies
at the McPherson Opera House on
Wednesday, April 17
Lunch plans are also being made.
If you have any questions or would like to arrange a carpool, please contact president Donna Toews.
Ticket contact is Diane Miller.
St. Peter�??s will host a
Maundy Thursday Service
Thursday, April 18
St Peter's United Church of Christ
is hosting a unique experience on
Good Friday, March 30.
Starting at 5:45 p.m.,
at the City Pasture
(1-mile East and 1/4-mile North of Inman),
there will be an opportunity to relive the journey that Jesus Christ experienced carrying the cross. Teams of two will carry the cross for 1/4 mile and then exchange with another pair, with each stop sharing pertinent scripture. The caravan will continue traveling until they reach
St Peters UCC
for the 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday service.
This event is open to everyone. If you know of anyone who would like to participate please invite them.
Good Friday Service
Friday, April 19
Thursday, April 25
KAIROS Prison Ministry will be hosting a
KAIROS weekend inside the prison beginning Thursday, April 25, and going thru
Sunday, April 28.
There are many ways to help with this ministry, monetary donations in any amount will purchase a meal for the inmate, or you can pay for a full KAIROS weekend for an inmate. Prayer is also needed during the KAIROS weekend, for the inmates and for the volunteers. A Prayer Vigil sign up sheet is on the bulletin board. Any questions can be directed to Allen Thiessen.
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Friday, April 26
12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Walk in�??s are welcome!
To schedule and appointment please call 1-800-733-2767 or go to redcrossblood.org
Inman Classic Car Show
Saturday, April 27
Check out Inman Community Events
Facebook page for more information.
Sunday, April 28
after Morning Worship
A meal train has been set up for
Theresa and Steve Buller at mealtrain.com/8dr6qn
This website has complete information, instructions, requests, address for delivery and more. There is still a real need for help.
Any questions can be directed to Terri Bornholdt.
1 Becky Knackstedt
5 Rachel Harman
9 Jessica Thiessen
13 Gene Schierling
15 Taylor Thiessen
Pastor Dennis Ureche
20 Dorothy Luty
22 Shivawn Schierling
23 Beverly Castleberry
25 Levi Spears
30 Terri Bornholdt
Coming in May
Women�??s Fellowship, Thursday, May 2,2:00 p.m.
4 H City Wide Garage Sales, Saturday, May 4
Communion, Sunday, May 5
Men�??s Breakfast, Saturday, May 11, 7:00 a.m.
Church Council, Thursday, May 16, 7:30 p.m.
Memorial Day, Monday, May 27
The City-Wide Garage Sales on Saturday, May 4, are the largest fundraiser for your local 4H. If you would like to have a garage sale please contact Janell Harman.
St Peter�??s United Church of Christ
107 North Pine, P.O. Box 506
Inman, Kansas 67546
Pastor Dennis Ureche�??firstname.lastname@example.org
RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED
Rev. Dennis Ureche, Pastor
Ellen Neufeld, Organist
Beverly Castleberry, Church Secretary
Sept. thru May: Sunday School 9:30 AM
Morning Worship 10:30 AM
June thru August: No Sunday School
Morning Worship 9:30 AM
Followed by Brunch
St. Peter's United Church of Christ 111 N. Pine St. Inman, Kansas 67546 620-585-2627