On our Pastor’s mind

Hosanna

How many of you still pick out a Christmas tree at Christmas?

Most of you probably have an artificial tree that you just bring down from the attic each year.

Okay, I am not confused.

I know that it is not Christmas time. I only ask because I want you to think in terms of the children of Israel in Egypt who were told to select a lamb in Exodus 12:3. This lamb – sheep or goat – was to be without blemish and a male in its first year. If you will remember, when they killed it, they were to take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the house (Ex 12:6-7), so that the angel of death would pass over their house. This lamb was called the Passover.

Now, you may be confused!

Why are we talking about picking out Christmas trees and selecting lambs? Well, it all has to do with Jesus and Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday fell during the Passover celebration.

We think of Palm Sunday as the day of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and it was! But for Jesus it was a different day: it was selection day. In Exodus 12:3 God told Moses to have all the congregation of Israel select a lamb on the 10th day of the first month of the year – 10th day of Nisan. Palm Sunday would have been Nisan 10 – the selection day.

So Jesus is our Passover.

But that’s not all! He is also

the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. (Jn 1:29)

He is the atoning lamb. In fact, according to Revelation 13:8, Jesus is

the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

God is the one who provided ultimate atonement for our sin through God the Son. From God’s perspective Jesus had been selected from the foundation of the world.

On Palm Sunday, the crowds cried, “Hosanna!”

It literally means, “save now.” Jesus was and is the answer to their cry… to our cry. He is the Lamb who was slain to take away our sin… to save us.

And He is risen

(but that is the topic for next week)!

Parent’s Night Out

Friday, April 25 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Parents, do you need a date night or time to catch up on things at home? Plan to bring your children to the Parent’s Night Out hosted by the CityView U Sunday School class.PNO

Contact Christina S. to sign your child up for a wonderful evening of fun with other kids.

The Day He Wore My Crown

Come Celebrate
with us as we remember

The Day He Wore My Crown

by Russell Mauldin (Creator, Arranger)The Day He Wore My Crown

(a choral and dramatic presentation)

on

Sunday Evening, April 13 at 6 p.m.

From the moment Jesus was born, His whole life was about one thing – fulfilling His mission as the Lamb of God who would be slain for our sins. To us, Calvary is precious ground, and the cross is a constant reminder of just how far Love was willing to go to save us.

On our Pastor’s mind

2Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them – the children of Israel. 3Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.
5No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. (Joshua 1: 2-3; 5 – NKJV)

This is such an encouraging passage, particularly verse 5. Men get pumped up thinking about standing strong with the Lord and not being defeated. We make those manly sounds: “UHGH! UHGH! UHGH!” But let us focus on verse 3.

God told Moses the same thing:

Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours. (Deut. 11:24)

When God gave the Promised Land to Abraham in Genesis, He said,

Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you. (Gen. 13:17)

What about us?

Our minds and affections are supposed to be on things above (Col 3:1-4). We are in the Kingdom building business. We are supposed to be building for eternity. So think about God’s promise to Joshua with an eternal perspective.

It is not about land.

We want to reach souls for the sake of the Kingdom. We want God to change lives for eternity.

What if

  • we walked around our church and around our community just as Joshua and the children of Israel walked around Jericho?
  • for the glory of God and the sake of His Kingdom, we tread through our community, praying the whole time?
  • we cried out to God to save those lives we would encircle?

Might God answer us?

I believe He wants us to be so bold and pray.

Community Prayer Walk:

This Saturday at 10 a.m.

Come join us for prayer. Come and walk around our church. Come and walk through our community. Come and drive through the community. Come and let us pray for God to save lives for eternity.

On our Pastor’s mind

Celebrating Easter!

In one sense, we celebrate Easter every Sunday, but we also pause to specifically focus on the wonder of Easter each year. This April, we have some special worship services planned:

Silent Lord’s Supper

Sunday evening, April 6

On the night before His crucifixion, Jesus celebrated the Passover with His disciples and gave the cup and the bread as symbols for us to remember Him. Next Sunday evening, as we partake in the Lord’s Supper, our worship experience will be different than usual. There will be no speaking, but there will be deep worship as the Holy Spirit reminds us of the work of Christ. Please come. This will be an evening for our church family to remember together.

Easter Cantata with Drama

Sunday evening, April 13

On April 13, we want you to help us fill the Sanctuary with friends, family, co-workers, and classmates. Invite your waiters and waitresses; invite your bank tellers. Share this special evening of worship with them.

Easter Sunrise

Easter Sunday morning, April 20 at 7:30 a.m.

A sunrise service is totally different than most Sunday services. We gather outside for a brief time of worship, because we want to experience what it might have been like for the women who first found the tomb empty and heard the words:

“Jesus is not here! He is risen!”

Invite your friends to come and experience these early morning tidings with us!

Easter Worship Celebration

Easter Sunday, April 20

On Easter, Sunday School and Worship are alive with excitement. We hear the Good News again as though it was for the 1st time. We are thrilled at the news that Jesus is alive. Much like the disciples, Easter worship returns us to that bewilderment. I know you do not want to miss this wonderful corporate event, but think also about those around you who have not experienced this thrill. Pray for them and invite them to join us as we celebrate.