LaPorte United Methodist Church
"The Last Paths of Jesus: Heads and Tables Were Turned" - Sunday Worship Service 03/13/2022
Join us at 11am in person or online for the second Sunday of Lent as Reverend William Baker continues his Lenten sermon series entitled "The Last Paths of Jesus." Masks are no longer mandatory when attending LaPorte UMC in person.
Locations & Times
  • LaPorte United Methodist Church
    2071 Grafton Rd, Elyria, OH 44035, USA
    Sunday 11:00 AM
Why did Jesus drive out those who sold and bought in the temple? It seems an extreme act to become so angry and flip tables. Was money the only issue, or even the biggest issue? Jesus does mention that the moneychangers were essentially robbers. But perhaps the bigger issue is what the Temple was intended to be and what it had become. It clearly was never meant to be “a den of robbers” but “a house of prayer.” A house of prayer “for all peoples,” it says.
The moneychangers were in the “Court of the Gentiles,” that’s basically equivalent to where Gentiles (non-Jews/” the nations”) would worship. As you can imagine that would obstruct worship. It would be a hindrance from Gentiles, “the nations,” from worshiping the Lord. This is the converse, as Jesus pointed out, of what Isaiah said: “my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples” (Is. 56:7).
May we never prevent or hinder people from coming to the LORD, even if they are convenient or important things that we don’t want to give up. May we work to destroy unnecessary stumbling blocks. And may the church be a house and family that welcomes all people in!
Lent 2022 Events
Lenten Sermon Series: The Last Paths of Jesus - Sundays at 11am
Lenten Bible Study: Learning to Lament with God's Word: A Study of Psalms - Wednesdays at 9:30am or 7pm
Community Breakfast - March 27th at 8am
Palm Sunday Tureen Luncheon - April 10th at 12pm
Maundy Thursday Service - April 14th at 7pm
Easter Sunday Sunrise Service - April 17th at 6:30am at Indian Hollow Reservation in Grafton
Easter Sunday Service - April 17th at 11am

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