Midweek Update: March 20, 2024

Midweek Update: March 20, 2024

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

“Christ” is not Jesus’ last name. When we refer to our Lord Jesus Christ we are saying Jesus is the Anointed One, God’s Messiah. In the Old Testament (2 Samuel 7), the Messiah is God’s promised coming king–a descendant of King David, who will reign as king over Israel foreverScripture shows us that Jesus Christ is not only king of Israel, but king of the world. He is the incarnation of the one true creator God (Matt 28:18; Col 1:19).

This Sunday marks our transition to Holy Week. We will gather to worship on Palm Sunday, remembering Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on a donkey. God’s people Israel were looking for the Messiah with great expectation in 1st century Palestine, but they wanted a “strong man” who would rout the Roman overlords and bring Israel to international prominence in one fell swoop. Overall, they were not looking for a humble king. The incarnation itself is the matchless paradigm of humility–the eternal, infinite God of the universe coming to earth as a human, in the person of Jesus. Jesus’ march into Jerusalem on a donkey rather than a white steed follows the pattern of his whole life–humble service, lowly status, becoming like us in our humanity and even in his own death–that at the right time he may ascend to his heavenly throne at the right hand of God the Father after his resurrection.

At our three Holy Week services we will focus on Colossians 2:6-3:4, a passage rooted in the events of Jesus’s death and resurrection, where the Apostle Paul draws out the far-reaching implications of these events for the Christian life. This Sunday our sermon passage will be Colossians 2:6-15.

Click here for the livestream of Sunday’s worship service (9:30 am).

Good Friday Worship Service: Friday, March 29 (6:30 pm)

On Friday, March 29 at 6:30pm, we will continue to worship our king and marvel together at his perfect sacrifice at our Good Friday service. This is the evening when we spend time together in contemplation of the good gift God gave to us in his Son, when he offered himself as a perfect and spotless sacrifice for our sins.

Easter Lilies

Help us decorate our worship center by purchasing lilies for the sanctuary (to be taken home following worship on Easter). There will be a sign-up sheet in the narthex this Sunday, or you may call the church office to place your order. The deadline to order Easter lilies is Wednesday, March 27. Easter lilies are $12.00.

Call for Choir Members

FCC’s choir sings monthly in our Sunday morning worship service. If you are interested in becoming a member of the FCC choir, please contact our music director Dave Wright.

This Saturday: Cello & Harp Concert (6:30pm)

Jake and Hannah Muzzy are back at FCC this Saturday, March 23, with a chamber music ensemble “Bach’s Cross & Irish Music” at 6:30pm in the Worship Center. Reserve seats at realconcerts.us or by contacting Jake. You may make a donation online or donate in person at the event.

Prayer Requests

Karla Van Der Molen: Please continue in prayer for both Gary and Karla as they attend to Karla’s ALS.

Ray Bebee: Please pray for strength, comfort and encouragement for Ray as he deals with health issues.

In Him,

Pastor Rhett