Another Pastoral Epistle
March 21, 2018
A little boy was sick on Palm Sunday and stayed home from church with his mother. After the service, the father returned from church holding a palm branch. The sick child asked, “Why do you have that palm branch, Dad?”
Father replied, “Well when Jesus came into town, everyone waved palm branches to honor him, so we got palm branches today.”
“Seriously,“ the little boy said. “The one Sunday I miss is the Sunday that Jesus shows up.”
While that boy is somewhat confused, he said a mouthful. The expectation is that each Sunday as we gather, Jesus shows up. Of course Jesus shows up, because He is present everywhere. But there is a uniqueness about our gatherings. There is something positively marvelous as we meet together for worship that can’t be duplicated privately. When I say to you on Sunday mornings, “I look forward to this day of the week,” that is not some polite greeting that pastors are supposed to say. It is the experience of Christ living in us that fills the room with a taste of what heaven will be like.
Like you, I long for others to taste what we have in Christ. I want more people to know this joy we have. Let’s be intentional in sharing what we have with others. Let’s take the initiative to invite others to attend Sunday morning worship. To make that a little easier, we have “personal invite” cards available. Stop by the Ministry Counter on Sunday, to grab one or two or more.
Don’t forget that this Sunday we shift to the two-service format.
First worship is at 8:30. (nursery available)
Fellowship time is at 9:45.
Second worship is at 10:30. (nursery & EBC kids available)
This Sunday is Palm Sunday. Matthew writes in his gospel,
“They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!’”
Let me share an excerpt from the Holy Week devotional written by Bryon Mondok;
“In the rocky, dusty Middle East, people don’t spread their clothing on the ground for popular friends or even their rich family members. They only do this for kings; the King. Here’s why: the garment is useless afterward. The only things those ruined coats are good for is conversation pieces to remember the moment the King of kings to rode into Jerusalem.”
Is there any more important week in the life of a follower of Jesus than Holy Week (Passion Week)? Pause and ponder its significance by working through the Holy Week Devotional (pick one up this Sunday).
Also, this Sunday between services is the On Goal Pep Rally (9:45-10:15). Get excited! Get involved! Get word out about On Goal Soccer Camp! Check out the pep rally this Sunday.
Can’t wait to see you this Sunday! Pastor Brian
Joshua Chapter 6
“By Faith the Walls Fell”
Good Friday Service
6:30 pm: March 30
Holy Week Devotionals
These devotionals will begin this week on Palm Sunday.
They are available for pick up at the Ministry Counter.
Two Service Transition
Our transition to two services will begin on March 25.
First service: 8:30 am (nursery provided)
Adult Sunday School Class: 8:30 am
Fellowship Time: 9:45-10:30
Second service: 10:30 (nursery and EBC Kids program)
ON GOAL PEP RALLY SUNDAY!
March 25: 9:45-10:15 AM
For ANYONE and EVERYONE who has ever been involved or who wants to be involved with On Goal Soccer Camp hosted here at EBC! This is a great opportunity to spread God’s love around our community and share the gospel with local kids!
If you have been looking for a way to serve, then this is a perfect opportunity to do so. If you are already attending a Sunday morning service, it only takes a few minutes of your time to serve as an usher. Let Vinny Caruso know if you are interested.
New Sunday School Class
“Pressing on to Maturity through the Supremacy of Christ”
Lead by Tim Whitman
Twelve Week study in Hebrews during the first service (8:30 am)
Starting April 8th
Key Verse: Hebrews 6:1
“Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God.”
New Women’s Bible Study
“When God Doesn’t Fix It” by Laura Story
WHEN: Saturday, April 7 at 9:30-11:00 am (6 week study)
WHERE: EBC Fellowship Hall
LEAD BY: Cindy Treamer
Is it possible that good things can come out of our broken dreams? Worship leader Laura Story’s life would never be the same after her husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She helps us understand that we aren’t the only ones whose lives have taken unexpected turns. She examines the brokenness of some of the heroes of our faith and despite their flawed stories, God was able to use them in extraordinary ways! Sign up in the back of the sanctuary or by calling the church office.
Lunch at the Shaker Table in Canterbury has been rescheduled for Friday, April 6. Please RSVP to Norma, Bette or Jay as soon as possible.
Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference
May 5th in Manchester, NH
More details to come!