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Independence, IA

Fair, 34 F

Friday
     Mostly Sunny. High: 35 Low: 19
Saturday
     Sunny. High: 45 Low: 30
Sunday
     AM Showers/Wind. High: 56 Low: 29
Monday
     Mostly Sunny. High: 64 Low: 40
Tuesday
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  • Youth go roller skating...
  • Treasure Seekers Walking Bus...
  • Treasure Seekers on Wednesdays...
  • FPC Jazz Band performed on February 15th...
  • Youth sell Younkers booklets at the mall...
  • Ttreasure Seekers make 51 Valentines for the Nursing Homes...
  • Youth are getting ready for another mission trip this summer...
  • Treasure Seekers...
  • Treasure Seeker Fun!
  • Elder Retreat at Camp Wyoming...
  • Winners of our January Trivia Night.... 3 Is All We Need plus One
  • "Just a Little Christmas" Program by our Sunday School kids...
  • Youth Christmas Caroling
  • Youth Service Project - Helping with Adopt-A-Family
  • Adopt-A-Family Program - Helping 26 families this year...
  • Sunday School Christmas Program on December 21st...
 

Welcome to First Presbyterian Church of Independence Iowa!  


 

If I were to ask you to use one word to describe God, what word would you use?  I think most of us would say “love”.  But even as we do, is that response coming from our head or our heart?  And why is that important?

I believe that Jesus is the love of God in human form.  He is the best way to know and experience the love of God.  So, what do you know about Jesus?  How did you come to know what you know about him?  My educated guess is most of what you know about Jesus came to you via the church – by people in the church.  Folks like us.

Folks like us is what Paul calls “the body of Christ”.  Jesus calls folks like us his “witnesses” and says we should do what he commands.  And what did he command folks like us?  Love God, others, and self.  Here’s what I know about love.  You can’t learn it by reading a book.  You can’t get better at it by listening to a lecture.  There is only one way to learn about love.  It has to be experienced.

Have you ever lost a job, had a loved one die, gone through a divorce, had a child get in trouble, battled with depression, been afraid of the dark, or struggled so mightily you thought you were going to die?  How did the church, folks like us, respond?  Have you ever had a dramatic turnaround in your life?  You made a significant change in your life.  How did the church, folks like us who are the body of Christ, those commanded to love you, respond to the changes you were going through?  Skepticism?  Doubts?  Judgment?  Support?  Encouragement?

Here’s the deal. Do you experience the folks like us as helpful or hurtful?  Why is that important?  Because this is the Jesus you know.

During Lent we are talking about love and the Jesus we know.  In 1 Corinthians 13 we learn of God’s love.  A love that is patient and kind.  A love that does not hurt others and is not self-seeking.  A love that does not keep score.  A love that does not delight in evil and rejoices with the truth.  A love that always seeks our best interests.  A love, Paul says, that “never fails”.

In worship during Lent we will encounter the many ways that “Love Never Fails”.  Each week we will meet a special Lenten Visitor who will assist in growing in our understanding and appreciation of the love that never fails. 

We are the church.  What kind of Jesus do you know?  What kind of Jesus have you experienced?  Because that is the Jesus you are showing to others.  Here’s what I know is true for all of us.  We all need a love that never fails.

Pastor John

 

Contact Us  
First Presbyterian Church
115 6th Avenue NW
PO Box 188
Independence, Iowa 50644
Phone: 319 334 3523
Fax: 319 334 4134
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Regular Schedule  
Sunday
  • Sunday Morning Worship
    10:00 AM
  • Fellowship
    11:00 AM
  • Youth Group (Grades 9-12)
    6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Wednesday
  • Treasure Seekers (Age 3 - 6th Grade)
    3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Adult Bible Studies - Every other Wednesday
    6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
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