COVID-19 Church Updates

Here you will find updates as well as any weekly announcements while we are away from the building but never from the body. We will be fellowshipping together in virtual Sunday school and morning worship, Bible study, and prayer.

Weekly announcements

 

Holy or Passion Week Scriptures:

 

Holy Monday: Holy Monday is the day on which Jesus cleansed the temple, was praised by local children, and cursed the fig tree (Mattew 21:12-22). It is the day following Palm Sunday, when Jesus came to Jerusalem in the triumphal entry (Mattew 21:1-11). 

Holy Tuesday: Holy Tuesday is when Jesus was issued various challenges by the Pharisees and Sadducees over subjects such as marriage in heaven, paying taxes to Caesar, and the source of His authority (Matthew 21:23-23:39Mark 11:27-12:44Luke 20:1-21:4). By this same interpretation, this is the day Jesus commented on the widow's donation (Mark 12Luke 21) and was approached by a number of God-fearing Greeks (John 12:20-36). Tuesday would also be the day Jesus spoke His eight "woes" against the Pharisees (Matthew 23:13-36) and the evening on which He delivered the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24-25Mark 13Luke 21:5-36).

Holy Wednesday: Holy Wednesday is the day on which Jesus was anointed with spikenard during a meal (Mattew 26:6-13). The day is sometimes called "Spy Wednesday" since it is traditionally thought of as the day Judas conspired with local authorities to betray Jesus (Mattew 26:14-16).

Holy Thursday: Maundy Thursday, also known as "Holy Thursday," is the Thursday of Passion Week, one day before Good Friday (the Friday before Easter). Maundy Thursday is the name given to the day on which Jesus celebrated the Passover with His disciples, known as the Last Supper. Two important events are the focus of Maundy Thursday.

First, Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with His disciples and thereby instituted the Lord's Supper, also called Communion (Luke 22:19-20). Some Christian churches observe a special Communion service on Maundy Thursday in memory of Jesus' Last Supper with His disciples. Second, Jesus washed the disciples' feet as an act of humility and service, thereby setting an example that we should love and serve one another in humility John 13:3-17). Some Christian churches observe a foot-washing ceremony on Maundy Thursday to commemorate Jesus' washing the feet of the disciples.

The word Maundy is derived from the Latin word for "command." The "Maundy" in "Maundy Thursday" refers to the command Jesus gave to the disciples at the Last Supper, that they should love and serve one another. Should we observe Maundy Thursday? The Bible neither commands nor forbids it. It is a good thing to remember the Last Supper and Jesus' sacrifice on our behalf. It is a good thing to remember the Lord's example of humility. However, at the same time, we should avoid ritualistic observances of holidays unless they are truly focused on God and our relationship with Him.

Observing a special Lord's Supper service on Maundy Thursday/Holy Thursday in remembrance of the Last Supper is a good thing to do. Doing a foot--washing in remembrance of how Christ humbled Himself and washed the feet of the disciples is a powerful reminder of how we are to live the Christian life (Philippians 2:1-11). Let's just make sure we are observing Maundy Thursday in a way that truly honors what happened at the Last Supper.

 

Good Friday: Good Friday, also known as "Holy Friday," is celebrated traditionally as the day on which Jesus was crucified. The Bible does not instruct Christians to remember Christ's death by honoring a certain day. The Bible does give us freedom in these matters, however. Romans 14:5 tells us, One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. Rather than remembering Christ's death on a certain day, once a year, the Bible instructs us to remember Christ's death by observing the Lord's SupperFirst Corinthians 11:24-26 declares, ...do this in remembrance of me...for whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

Many Christian churches celebrate Good Friday with a subdued service, usually in the evening, in which Christ's death is remembered with solemn hymns, prayers of thanksgiving, a message centered on Christ's suffering for our sakes, and observance of the Lord's Supper. Whether or not Christians choose to celebrate Good Friday, the events of that day should be ever on our minds because the death of Christ on the cross along with His bodily resurrection is the paramount event of the Christian faith.

Virtual Services:

-Sunday School, 9:00 a.m. and Sunday Morning Worship, 10:30 a.m.

-Children's Church, Sundays, 12:00 p.m.

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-Tuesday evening Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 P.M.

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-Wednesday BIble Study, 7:00 p.m.