So, one of the things I (Bill) have been doing this week is cleaning out my garage, and in doing so, came across a box that contained a number of long-forgotten thumb drives. I thought it would be interesting to see what information (videos, pictures, documents) I might find on these old drives. In the end, it wasn’t much, except for one video that I used during an Easter sermon years ago. It’s called “Easter is Coming” and it was captivating back then, and was captivating as I watched it again this week. It turns out that this video is not only on an old thumb drive of mine but can also be found online. Here is the link, and I’d like to encourage you to watch it yourself:
The life and death of a first-century Jew named Jesus does make a difference. It fact, it makes all the difference in the world. And since Easter is coming – just two weeks away – you’ll want to know that this Sunday Pastor Shaun is going to be starting an Easter sermon series called The Gardener. This series will revolve around three different gardens that are found in the Scriptures.
While we won’t be gathering together at the church, we will gather together at 9:30 even as we sit in our homes…joined together with the common purpose of worshipping God and receiving from God the message that He has for each of us. Here is the link that will take you to our live stream this Sunday morning at 9:30:
And, just as we did last week, in order for us to become familiar with the songs prior to Sunday morning, we’ve included some of the lyrics (and Scripture) for you to read and reflect on…
ALL THINGS NEW
In the middle of the darkness, the Light of the world has come
You will make all things new
You will finish what You started by the power of Your mighty love
You will make all things new
Jesus, You will make all things new.
“…to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
YOU ARE GOD AND YOU ARE GOOD
You are God and You’re the risen King,
You are good, Lord of everything
No mountain, no valley, could ever separate us
No power, no darkness, could ever stand between us
No mountain, no valley could ever separate us from Your love
You are God and You are good
Yes, we know that You are God and You are good.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)
IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL
When peace like a river attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say:
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.
Be still, and know that I am God.
(Psalm 46:1-4, 10a)
GREAT ARE YOU LORD
You give life, You are love
You bring light to the darkness
You give hope, You restore every heart that is broken
All the earth will shout Your praise
Our hearts will cry, these bones will sing
Great are You Lord
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
(I Peter 2:9)
SERMON SERIES: THE GARDENER
THE MESSAGE: THE GARDEN OF EDEN
SCRIPTURE: GENESIS 1 & 2
“Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden…” (Genesis 2:8a)
Eden Reminds Us What We Were Created For
The Gardener Declares That the Garden is Good
Though scattered throughout the area, we look forward to worshipping with you this coming Sunday morning!