April 10, 2019

Good morning Congregation,

This past Sunday Pastor Dan challenged us in our heart condition and what it means to be alive for Christ. This coming Sunday we will be looking at the letter to the church at Philadelphia. This letter to the church at Philadelphia and the letter to the church at Smyrna are the only two letters that don’t contain a censure of some kind. They are praised for keeping God’s word and not denying his name. You can read the letter in Revelation chapter 3.

This coming Sunday is Palm Sunday. A Sunday that we remember Jesus riding into town on the back of a young donkey. There were great crowds of people to welcome him into town. As he came into town, they shouted “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”. But it was only a few days later that the people turned their backs on him and by the end of the week, he was crucified. What changed? Peter was with Jesus at the last supper and declared his willingness to follow him to the death and then denied knowing him just a day later.

Walking with Jesus is a challenge and is a call to commitment. There is a never-ending pull to get us away from him. Unfortunately, we don’t always do so well. That is why Jesus died on a cross - to allow us to experience forgiveness. That is why he sent the Holy Spirit, to guide us and lead us and give us strength in our weakness.

So, Easter is a very important time of remembering. Remembering the gift of grace and love that came in the form of Jesus. It is a gift that keeps on giving. He came, died, rose again, ascended to heaven and will come again one day to take us to be with him. So, during this holy time, Holy Week, let’s remember this gift that has been given to us. It is a gift that we are invited to share with others. Easter is a great time to invite your family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, etc. who don’t have a church home to come and join you in worship of the King of Kings.

Easter Sunday services include sunrise service (outdoors) at 6:45 a.m., breakfast served 7:007:45 a.m., traditional worship at 8:30 a.m., classes at 9:45 a.m., and contemporary worship at 11:00 a.m. Share invitation cards (available at the Information Center) and/or share the facebook event (http://bit.ly/CelebrateEaster19) to invite your neighbors, friends and family.

I trust that you will have a great week!

Blessings - Pastor Glenn

North Clinton Church