Everyone loves a parade! That was the context on Palm Sunday - you can read about the Triumphal entry in all four Gospels - when a crowd gathered and sang out in praise to Jesus, "Hosanna - Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the King of Israel!" And yet just days later a different crowd gathered and a different "shout" was heard - "Crucify! Crucify! Crucify!"
And that is the tension of Holy Week. From celebration to execution. From uncontrolled joy to unbelievable hatred and anger. My prayer for this week is simple: let's live in tension. Let's consider all that took place - even the painful and the ugly - as we move toward victory Sunday - Resurrection Sunday. May this week be one of worship and contemplation. Let's keep our eyes focused on Jesus!
Several April and May reminders:
** This Wednesday April 17 - Walk with Jesus - don't miss this wonderful family opportunity!
** This Friday April 19 - RELOAD for men at the Y at 6:15am - a special Good Friday study this week.
** This Friday April 19 at 7pm - the CAMA Good Friday service at the Nazarene Church.
** Sunday April 21- Easter at FCC at 8:15am and 10:45am - who are YOU inviting?
** Our Easter offering this year is to Little Galilee for their 2020 vision Dining Hall project - will you consider a generous gift to one of God's special places?
** Thursday April 25 - the final Ladies Night Out at FCC - 6:30pm
** Sunday April 28 - FREE, fun family night at FCC at 5:30pm featuring Illusionist Matt Adams! No tix required!
** Tuesday April 30 - "Nelson's Chicken Dinner" fundraiser sponsored by Rotary for the benefit of the hungry in DeWitt County - get your tickets! Just $10! ALL money raised is used to help feed the hungry in our county, including the ministry of the Neighborhood Care Center! You can get your tickets at church the next two Sundays or in the office during the week.
** Friday May 3 - Young at Heart at 10:30am in the Family Life Center
** Saturday May 4 - the 3rd annual Mother/Daughter Luncheon featuring our own Becky Glenn! Don't miss it! Tickets are available on Sundays and in the office!
** Sunday May 5 - COPE mission day at FCC, featuring the testimony of our own Don MacIssac!
** Sunday May 12 - 8:15am service - the end of the year Choir Cantata. Please come and support the choir!
** Sunday May 26 - ONE service Sunday at 9:30am
Have a blessed Holy Week - see you Sunday for Victory Sunday!