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Great Things Are Happening!

Wow, we had a great Easter last week! Our attendance, both online and in person, and giving we the highest thus far this year. Those figures don't really tell the story of all that is going on in our church.


As more of you are getting you COVID shots, you are slowly returning to worship in person. I really wanted to hug people Sunday that we haven't seen in over a year, but couldn't. However, there is a day coming when we can!


We're seeing more engagement on Facebook. You are wishing each other "Happy Birthday" and praying for one another. We can still have fellowship through our online presence. Be thankful for technology that has allowed us to stay connected during the pandemic. Our online presence won't go away. We have a number of people involved in worship each week that live outside of our area. I guess you could say we are developing an online campus of our church.


God has blessed with great small groups meeting each week either in person or online, usually both. It's not too late to join us for them. In fact, the Panorama of the Bible class starts this Wednesday, just email me and I'll have a book ready for you and give you the Zoom link if you need it.


Let's remember that the church isn't just the four walled building we meet in. All of us, together, is the church! So wherever you are that's where the church is located. Be the Church at home, at work, at school, or at the store. Let the world see Jesus in you!


As always, Onward and Upward!

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What Was It Like?

Easter is always a special day. Sometimes, I begin to think what it was like that first Easter morning. What would I have been doing? Would I be sad, fearful, anxious, or excited? Sandy Patti came out with a song a number of years ago asking a simple question, "Was It A Morning Like This?" Enjoy these lyrics as Resurrection Sunday approaches. See you in worship or online!


Was it a morning like this?

When the Son still hid from Jerusalem

And Mary rose from her bed

To tend to the Lord she thought was dead


Was it a morning like this?

When Mary walked down from Jerusalem

And two angels stood at the tomb

Bearers of news she would hear soon


Did the grass sing?

Did the earth rejoice to feel You again?


Over and over like a trumpet underground

Did the earth seem to pound, "He is risen!"

Over and over in a never-ending round

"He is risen, hallelujah, hallelujah!"


Was it a morning like this?

When Peter and John ran from Jerusalem

And as they raced towards the tomb

Beneath their feet was there a tune?


Did the grass sing?

Did the earth rejoice to feel You again?


Over and over like a trumpet underground

Did the earth seem to pound, "He is risen!"

Over and over in a never-ending round

"He is risen, hallelujah, hallelujah!"


Was it a morning like this?

When my Lord looked out on Jerusalem


He is risen

Hallelujah, hallelujah

Hallelujah!


Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Jim Croegaert

Was It a Morning Like This lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group


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Get Ready For Easter

Sunday is Palm Sunday and it begins the Passion Week, the last week of Jesus' life. As Easter Sunday approaches, I want to encourage you to prepare yourself for the Resurrection Celebration.


I would encourage you to consider how you might make the most of this week. Even though we are coming out of the pandemic, these are some of the darkest and brightest days in the history of the world, and they are rich with soul-sustaining food and life-clarifying vision.


In the chaos of our increasingly fast-paced and hectic society, Holy Week is a reminder to pause and ponder, to carefully mark each day and not let this greatest of all weeks fly by us like every other.


Perhaps pick a time each day - alone or with family - to slow down and savor what was happening during the Passion week some two thousands years ago. Consider reading one (or a couple) of the Passion narratives from the Gospels:


■   Matthew 21-28

 

■   Mark 11-16

 

■   Luke 19-24

 

■   John 12-21

 

Block out several minutes. Find a comfortable place to sit. Seek to quiet your soul, and pray that God would meet you in the events and significance of this week. And spend a few moments in prayer after you read and turn the truth Godward in adoration of Christ.


Receive this week with thanksgiving, and make it holy by the word of God and prayer (1 Timothy 4:5 ).


You may want to make it memorable with candles or some other special flair. Join us for our Good Friday service at 6:00 PM on Zoom (see link below) and then on Sunday morning at 10:00 AM.


Above all remember, He Is Risen!

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