Sunday Collectives 4/14/14 – 4/20/14
By Jeff Fisher
When I was a teen and had my first speech class I was terrified of public speaking and skipped class the entire semester, hanging out with some other juvenile delinquents in an empty study hall.
I took a licking with a canoe paddle from the principle for it, but I chose that pain to my rear over the pain of feeling embarrassed in front of my peers. Fear of men’s opinions of us is a prison hard to break out of. Despite this fear I stepped out as I got older, acting in a two person three act play in college for a drama major friend who directed us. I even got to kiss the female lead!
By Jen Wilkin
This morning as I am considering writing one more blog, I wonder where the time goes. At my age now, it seems to fly past at lightening speed, so fast, in fact, that if I don’t write it down, or make note somehow, I may forget many things associated with the passing of that time.
I recall when I was young, with 4 children at home and a disabled husband, that I was able to work a fulltime job, outside the home, be the church clerk, worship leader, Adult Sunday School teacher, and lead singer in a trio that sang at other churches on invitation and special services, regional/district meetings, etc.
by Jody Neufeld
“Don’t be fooled by those who will come and claim to be me. They will say, “I am Christ!” and “Now is the time!” But don’t follow them. 9 When you hear about wars and riots, don’t be afraid. These things will have to happen first, but that isn’t the end.
10 Nations will go to war against one another, and kingdoms will attack each other. 11 There will be great earthquakes, and in many places people will starve to death and suffer terrible diseases. All sorts of frightening things will be seen in the sky.
The Easter Service is not some sort of a stand-alone thing. It is part of a series of events, the devotions of Holy Week, that the early Church treated as one worship service. It starts at the Thursday of the Command (also ‘Holy Thursday’ or ‘Maundy Thursday’), which marks Jesus’ mandates to serve, to take Holy Communion, and to love as He loved.
On that day Jesus was betrayed and arrested. At the end of the Thursday service, the altar (sometimes the whole sanctuary, the halls and entryways) is stripped bare and treated as if preparing for a funeral….
By Pastor Pat Badstibner
41 So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, 42 “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. – Matthew 27:41-42
“Get down from there.”, they screamed!
“Look at that, he cannot even save himself. How, in the world could anyone think that this was “The Messiah”?”, they taunted.
“Show us some real power!”, they jested.
Yet, they are not alone, without saying it, I know that I often wish that God was a more immediate deliverer.
“What about our oppression, what about our entrapment, this is not what a “Messiah” does…at least not ours. What good is this KING that we laid out palm branches for? We wanted one who would seek glory, come in triumphantly. Instead, he looks like a slaughtered lamb”.