Everything in our world is basically “a preference.” It could range from your favorite color – to sport – to TV show – to that special time of the Church Calendar. This WEEKEND begins Holy Week. Did you know we were never encouraged by Scripture to make a big deal about Jesus birth….As a matter of fact we are not even sure what month He was born….But Scripture does make a BIG DEAL about remembering His death.
The week starts on Palm Sunday with the commemoration of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It continues as we will be celebrating Passover on Thursday – April 13 @ 6:00 PM… It continues as we will Celebrate Good Friday Service at 6:00 PM remembering Jesus death on the Cross. On Easter Weekend we proclaim the Resurrection, and celebrate the assurance that not even death could separate us from God’s grace.
On a typical weekend Celebration service – we focus on grace and joy — our praise worship uplifts us – and hopefully the message encourages us to become more like Jesus. At the same time, I know that many Christians face a struggle between Sundays that few know about or understand. Some struggle with a broken heart – others feel betrayed – some feel alone – many depressed – a few wrestling with doubt. Yet if you attend church during Holy Week you might feel we do not know your struggle. Whether we know or not – God Knows!!!! God Cares!!
Passover on Thursday is JESUS sharing a table with the people he loved the most. It’s him washing their feet, and showing that the mark of a true leader is whether they can serve others. It’s Jesus still loving those disciples even though he knew that, at best, they would abandon him, and at worst, they would betray him. And it’s Jesus in the garden, alone, heart-broken, and struggling between what he wanted to do and what he knew he had to do.
And on Good Friday, it continues. The world turns against him, and the ones who cheered his entry in Jerusalem instead cheer his death. He suffers. He calls out to a God who does not seem to answer. He doubts. He feels pain, and loss, and grief. And in the end he loses the life he knew.
How does God feel when we doubt – or struggle with the life given to us? Let’s not look at the Christ of Palm Sunday or Easter Sunday – but the Christ of the Passover – and Good Friday…The one who lived as one of us. Who loved as one of us. Who doubted as one of us. Who suffered as one of us. And who died as one of us. Then we can look to the Christ who Rose again and Overcame the worst that the world could throw at Him.
Palm Sunday Celebration – Saturday 5:00 PM…Sunday 10:00 AM
Passover Celebration – Thursday (April 13) 6:00 PM
Good Friday Service – Friday – (April 14) – 6:00 PM
Resurrection Day – Saturday – 5:00 PM…Sunday 10:00 AM
Hey guys & gals — AFTER OUR CELEBRATION SERVICE this Sunday – we need to remain and move the separate the chairs and move them around the walls. Then we need to bring in the tables from the Red Shed and set up the auditorium for our Passover Meal on Thursday….
About 50 have signed up for the Passover Meal….It is essential that you sign up so there will be enough of everything to go around…..Please take care of that this weekend. Thanks
· Christ will be glorified – worshipped – adored – throughout all our Holy Week activities…
· Our community will consider worshipping with us during Holy Week
· Joy Weir – dealing with a leg issue which has made it almost impossible to walk
· Our granddaughter Payton Owen is still having issues at school – as another little girl wants to bully her….Heather had a good meeting with the principle today (Thurs) and I hope victory is in view – please partner with us in prayer
· Mary Noble – replace aortic valve next Monday morning
· Maryann Williamson – procedure next Monday morning
· Kay Baker – dealing still with her broken arm – next Monday morning
· Carla Johnson – seeing a pain doctor next Monday morning – fibromyalgia
· Kirsten Yoder – navy – on the way to Singapore
· Hugh Hodler – cancer – father of Leslie Marshall
· Kristen McKee – daughter of Sandra Ellis – hospital in Durham, N.C. dealing with staff infection (serious)
Acts 2:47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
Last Sunday afternoon at Blue Ridge Christian Church – Leon was baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of his sins, in order that he might receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). Ms. Jerry was ecstatic over the whole procedure. She informed me that his cancer has returned – and wants us to pray as he begins chemo again…..Please rejoice with them as they have made a wonderful decision……
Yesterday afternoon, I had the first chance to visit with our granddaughter, Madison Duff regarding her week-long mission trip to Barbados. She was so encouraging – had a great experience – and would return in a heartbeat…..she showed me about 100 pictures she took – food was a little different – in 4 words, she blessed my soul………….Caleb Yoder – likewise had a great senior trip over spring break to Orlando, Fla…..so happy for youth who are able to experience life for a week outside Boone county…………Bro Faddis and family went out of town last weekend – celebrating his birthday – happy B-day brother…………Bro Vern also celebrated yesterday – these men are part of our Wednesday AM D-Group….Good Stuff!!!!………Peg Schroder spent the past 7 days with her brother and his wife in Knoxville, Tenn…She has been struggling the past couple months with sciatic nerve issues – and chose this time to fly instead of drive…we hope all went well………A couple men in our Wednesday morning D-Group are in process of putting together our BLESSING BOX — this will sit close to our mailbox – and have non-perishable food in it….coffee – cereal – crackers – canned meats – etc…..food we bring – and it will have a Plexiglas door. People in the neighborhood will be encouraged to come and get the food their family’s needs – and we will continue to keep it supplied….This is another way we can demonstrate God’s love in tangible ways………….
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Mark 15:42-16:8 42 This all happened on Friday, the day of preparation,[a] the day before the Sabbath. As evening approached,43 Joseph of Arimathea took a risk and went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. (Joseph was an honored member of the high council, and he was waiting for the Kingdom of God to come.) 44 Pilate couldn’t believe that Jesus was already dead, so he called for the Roman officer and asked if he had died yet. 45 The officer confirmed that Jesus was dead, so Pilate told Joseph he could have the body. 46 Joseph bought a long sheet of linen cloth. Then he took Jesus’ body down from the cross, wrapped it in the cloth, and laid it in a tomb that had been carved out of the rock. Then he rolled a stone in front of the entrance. 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where Jesus’ body was laid.
16 Saturday evening, when the Sabbath ended, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went out and purchased burial spices so they could anoint Jesus’ body. 2 Very early on Sunday morning, just at sunrise, they went to the tomb. 3 On the way they were asking each other, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” 4 But as they arrived, they looked up and saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled aside. 5 When they entered the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a white robe sitting on the right side. The women were shocked, 6 but the angel said, “Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth,[c] who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body. 7 Now go and tell his disciples, including Peter, that Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you before he died.” 8 The women fled from the tomb, trembling and bewildered, and they said nothing to anyone because they were too frightened.