Beloved Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,
This coming Lord’s Day begins our 2019 celebration of Easter, which will take us from Palm Sunday, to Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and then to Easter Sunday.
At each of our worship services this week we will be preaching a series of message entitled, “On the Way to the Cross.” In these sermons, we will take a close look at some of the things that our Lord both did and said as He made His journey toward Jerusalem where He would die upon the cross, and then be raised from the dead on the third day.
This Sunday our sermon text will be Matthew 16:21-23. The event recorded here occurred just after that most important episode where Peter confessed Jesus as the Messiah. And, of course, Peter’s confession came in response to our Lord’s direct question posed to the Twelve: “But who do you say that I am?” (v. 15). The answer given by Peter, was that Jesus is, “the Christ, the Son of the living God” (v. 16). And then, our Lord Jesus declared that upon the basis of that Apostolic confession of His Lordship, Jesus would establish His Church, His New Covenant people, called by grace out of the world of darkness, sin, and spiritual death, and into the radiant light of eternal life in Him!
However, in our passage for Palm Sunday we will encounter the incident that took place immediately after this confession of faith. Here, we will discover how our Lord further clarified for His disciples, and for the whole world, what it actually means that He is “the Christ,” God’s Messiah! This is, for all intents and purposes, the deeper answer the Lord Himself gives to the question He first posed to His disciples!
Second Sunday Fellowship Lunch This Week!
Just another reminder that our Second Sunday Fellowship Lunch will be this Sunday!
I love you with all my heart, and I can’t wait to see you on the Lord’s Day!
April 14, 12 PM – Fellowship Lunch
April 14, 4:30 PM – Youth Group
April 16, 8 AM – Senior Fellows fishing at Madison County Lake
April 17, 6 PM – Deacons Meeting
April 18, 6 PM – Maundy Thursday Service
April 19, 6 PM – Good Friday Service
April 26, 5:30 PM – Parents Night Out
April 28, 4 PM – Church Picnic at Monte Sano State Park
May 2, 11:30 AM – Women’s Monthly Lunch at Timbers Edge Clubhouse
May 11, 10 AM – Gibson Wedding with Reception at Church
May 19, 5 PM – End of School Cookout at Church House
Order of Worship:
You can access this week’s Order of Worship by clicking here
If you’d like to sing the songs with your family beforehand, the songs for this week are:
O Help My Unbelief
Great Is Thy Faithfulness – Hymn 32, all 3 verses
Amazing Grace – Hymn 460, vs. 1-3, 6
Why So Heavy
Fellowship Lunch: This Sunday, April 14, is our final Second Sunday Lunch Fellowship for the season. We will take a break for the summer months and resume in the fall. Thank you so much for ALL the help with setting up, cooking and bringing food, serving and cleaning up! This month’s menu is Baked Ziti, Salad, Bread, and Dessert.
Church Picnic: It is our tradition to get together for fellowship every spring/summer to eat and celebrate being in a church family. Please join us on Sunday, April 28th from 4 to 7 pm at Monte Sano State Park. The church will provide Lawler’s BBQ, and we plan to have some games (Gaga Ball, Nine Square, etc) set up for all to enjoy. If you haven’t been, there is a large covered pavilion, shade/trees, and a giant playground for the kids. Please pray that the weather is beautiful for us to enjoy! **Feel free to sign up for a side dish or dessert at the following link: https://www.
HPRC: The Huntsville Pregnancy Resource Center 2019 Fundraising Banquet is Thursday, April 25th, from 6:30-8:30. Come hear Abby Johnson speak and learn how you can support the HPRC. There are a limited number of complimentary tickets. For more information and to reserve your spot, please see Loralee or Clay Davis.
Men’s Fellowship Groups: Men’s Lunch Fellowship Groups have formed, but you can still join by signing up in the Narthex. For more information please see Norman Dean.
Senior Fellows: On Tuesday, April 16 at 8 AM the Senior Fellows will go fishing at Madison County Lake. Carpools will leave the church at 7:15 AM. Bring the kids and grand kids, and pack a lunch.
Youth Group: Youth Group for ages 13-18 meets April 14 at the church at 4:30 PM.
Parents Night Out: We are excited to be having a Parent’s Night Out on Friday, April 26th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. The event is a great time for our children to be together with their church family and will include games, crafts, dinner and short teaching on Christian life from Hebrews 12. We will send out a reminder email closer to the date but please consider participating or volunteering. We will need 12-15 volunteers and it’s a wonderful way for all ages (teen to retired) to get to know the children and serve our parents.
Healing: Please pray for the health of the following individuals: Clay Davis, Pat Galecki, Bill Cowley, Larrabee Kirkland, Katie Dyer, Chris Smotherman, Elizabeth Holton, Janet Chou, Ramona Edwards, and Nolan Osmer.
Expecting: Please pray for the Bryant family, expecting in September.
Ministries: Please pray for the following missionaries and ministries: Seth and Jessica Lewis (Ireland); Steve and Rita Williams (New Zealand); Vinnie and Molly Athey (RUF at UAH); RUF at Alabama A&M; Ken and Angie Burnett (FCA); Franky Garcia (seminary student).
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