Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,
Today is known among Christians as ‘Good Friday.’ And this is the day that we pause and give studied reflection to the death of our Lord and Savior upon the cross.
Of course, His atoning death in our place occurred on Friday of Passion Week. However, that day so long ago was anything but ‘good’ for our Lord. On that day, including the hours prior to His crucifixion, Jesus suffered to a degree unknown in the history of the world or in the experience of mankind! The Apostle Paul tells us that in that event of becoming the Sacrifice for our transgression, the Son of God was “made” by God the Father “to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Who among us can fathom that one verse!
And yet, because it was not a ‘good’ day for our Lord, it forever became a ‘good’ day for us who believe in Him!
The prophet Isaiah helps us understand this blessed fact:
But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed.
All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him (Isaiah 53:6-7)
What great news this is! What a ‘good’ day it is, all because of His love for us!
This evening at 6:00 PM we will gather again to worship our Lord and to observe ‘Good Friday.’ Our sermon will come from Mark 14:27-31, and will focus specifically upon the disturbing thing that Jesus said to His disciples following the Last Supper: “You will all fall away” (v. 27).
Then, this coming Sunday, Resurrection Day, our message will come from John 2:13-22, and we will consider our Lord’s amazing words to the Jewish authorities: “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (v. 19).
Please be in prayer for these times of worship and proclamation, and make sure to read and meditate upon these passages as we prepare to come together before our Lord and King.
I love you all so very much!!
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 5, 4:30 PM – Youth Group
May 11, 10 AM – Gibson Wedding with Reception at Church
May 15, 6 PM – Deacons Meeting
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:
Crown Him with Many Crowns – Hymn 295 v.1-2,4
Christ the Lord Is Risen Today – Hymn 277 v.1-4
How Deep, the Father’s Love For Us
In Christ Alone
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.
Youth Group: Youth Group for ages 13-18 meets for the final time this year on May 5 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.
Please use this link to VOLUNTEER or RSVP your children: http://evite.me/
Email Meghan directly w/ questions. It’s going to be a BLAST!
VBS: It is THAT time! I have the signup LIVE for VBS 2019: Summer Seaquest! We will study Jonah and his journey from rebellion to repentance – it’s going to be so great! As always, I need lots of folks willing to step into leadership roles. I cannot do this without you. Last year, we had 70+ kids. Please pray about this! A few reminders about our set-up:
*The age groups are “completed grade,” so for example, preK group is “completed preK” aged children.
*Grade level leaders do NOT have to teach. You are more like a crew leader, taking your group around to the various centers.
*Storytellers stay in one room, dress in costume, and tell one aspect of the bible story each day. They are like “eye witnesses” to give the children a perspective from our story/theme.
We will hold a leadership meeting in May.
Signup for a leadership role here:
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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