Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Journey to Jerusalem: Set your face toward Jerusalem

Today is Ash Wednesday.  Today we take our place at the starting line.  Today we begin our journey to Jerusalem.

Join us in worship tonight at 6:30pm at Elizabethtown Presbyterian Activity Building, 800 W. Broad St. Elizabethtown, NC. (Dinner at 6pm, reservations already closed).  Wear your comfortable shoes.

Luke 9:51-56
When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” But he turned and rebuked them. Then they went on to another village.
Lord Jesus,
you set your face toward Jerusalem.
You were committed.
You were resolved.
You knew your destination.

This Lent we join you on the journey to Jerusalem.
We follow you on the way.
The journey will be hard.
There will be pain.
There will be suffering.
There will be death.

Lord Jesus,
Open our eyes to see your face
in all those we encounter along the way.
Open our ears to hear your voice
in those who are often ignored.
Open our hearts that we might be your
faithful disciples of mercy and truth.

you lead the way.
So today
I set my face toward Jerusalem.
Strengthen my commitment.
Fortify my resolve.
Renew my calling to follow you,
even to death and the empty tomb.

At Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church, we are committing to journey the 6,150 miles from Elizabethtown, NC to Jerusalem, Israel in our walking, running, swimming, cycling, etc. People will track and send their miles to our church office (, we will post those miles online and on our banners in the sanctuary and in our fellowship building.  Together we will make our journey to Jerusalem!

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