|We had 70 in Sunday school today. It seems that we are stuck in the seventies. That is better than 30 or 40. I’m hoping to reach 80, then 90, then 100 and over. We have to have a desire to grow. Our choir sang “Majesty” for the call to worship. Pastor Aycock welcomed everyone and prayed the prayer of invocation. Hymns of worship were “When I See the Blood” and “One Day.”
Prayer concerns were shared. Usher, Jeff Morgan prayed the offertory prayer. After receiving tithes and offerings, we sang the doxology and greeted one another. Our children and youth sang a special, “Amazing Love,” accompanied by Robert Tyner on the guitar. Some of our young adults presented a puppet show. The puppets were Lady, “know-it-all”, Man, “don’t know nothing” and a sheep. They were asked the question, What is Easter all about? The puppet lady said “vacation.” The puppet man said “eggs.” The sheep said, “I need a volunteer for some help on this.” Robert Tyner volunteered. He came to the front of the puppet stage. The sheep said, “Take the piece of paper on the front seat and fold it into half. Cut off one corner, fold it again and cut off something else. (I could not keep up with all the cutting and folding) but in the end, Robert had a cross. He said, “So, Easter is about the cross, not a paper cross, but a wooden cross.” The sheep said, “Right.” Smart sheep. We know that Easter is not about vacation, eggs or any other tradition, but all about Jesus dying on a cross for our sins. “Thank you, puppets.”
Pastor Aycock titled his message “Palms in the Garden.” Today, being Palm Sunday, the message was very timely. The pastor read Matthew 26:36-56 for his text. His message was about Jesus’ suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane. First, we see His sorrow, which was emotional suffering, physical suffering and spiritual suffering. Next, we see His surrender. Jesus said, Not my will, but Thine be done. We sing ‘I Surrender All’, but do we really?” The choice is ours; His will or our will. Now we see His submission. He submitted to the multitude. He knew they were coming, it was a great multitude, Judas betrays Him with a kiss, Peter cuts off the soldier’s ear. Jesus puts it back on and heals the ear.
If we think about these events prayerfully and listen to what the events unfold, we can’t help but shed tears. Just think, He did it all to pay for our sins. He did it all for us. The pastor asked, “What’s in your cup? Sorrow? Suffering? Is it emotional, spiritual, physical?”
Easter should be the most meaningful day of the year for Christians “because we serve a risen savior.”
We want to remember Geraldine Nelms, who was taken to Duke last night with what they think was a seizure. Pray for her and her family. Pray for all other shutins, sick and hurting. Pray for the soldiers, missionaries, our churches, and the lost around us. Sympathy is extended to all those who have lost loved ones. May God comfort you with His Word.
Barbara and Jeff Morgan and Bobby and Kim Farmer had the youth at the Fellowship Center after service today for a pizza lunch. Then they visited our members in the nursing homes and Ret. Homes and took them a gift. Afterwards they enjoyed a Christian movie. They had a good turnout and I am sure the youth enjoyed it all. Sounds like a good way to spend a rainy day for our youth, but not for old folks like me. I don’t like being outside in cold and rain.
Monday 7 p.m., Pastor Aycock will teach a study course for the church on Evangelism. This is sponsored by the Woman’s Auxiliary, but everyone is invited to come. Wednesday 7:15 Bible study, choir practice at 8 p.m. There will be a Sunrise Service next Sunday at 7 a.m. outside weather permitting. Revival April 10, 11, 12 at 7 p.m. Rev. John Mark Windly will be our guest speaker.
Saturday at 11 a.m. an egg hunt and hot dog lunch at the Fellowship Center.
Have a good and Godly week. Remember “We serve a living savior.”