A Gaelic Sunday

This Sunday, March 19, we will be adding some “taste of the Irish” to our worship services. A special feature at the 10:00 service will be Amy Lynn Kanner, our Christmas Eve harpist, who will bless us with Celtic harp selections.  You can listen to some of her offerings at her website:  www.magicalharps.com.

Both services will include hymns based on Irish tunes,
prayers from St. Patrick, and an Irish blessing,
as well as Mick Hall sharing the lesson and The Lord’s Prayer in Gaelic.

It’s a perfect opportunity to invite your neighbors to share a bit o’ the green with us!

Mark your calendars: Our spring Festival Choir will present the cantata,
“Come, Touch the Robe”
on Palm Sunday, April 9th, at both services.

What Does Good Friday Really Mean?

"Nailed to the top of the cross is an official notice called a titulus. It is a public declaration of Jesus’ crime of sedition that is posted at the place of punishment. It says, 'This is Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.' When a debt was owed in the first century, a 'certificate' of the debt was made, much like the notice placed above Jesus’ head. When the obligation was settled, it was officially resolved with a single Greek word placed upon the parchment’s face: tetelestai. It meant completed, paid, finished, done. Archaeologists have unearthed ancient receipts that have been 'canceled out' in this way using the word tetelestai or its abbreviation.

"Being King of the Jews is not the real crime Jesus pays for, though. Hidden to all but the Father is another certificate 'nailed,' so to speak, to that same cross... It is a record not of Jesus’ debt, but a rap sheet, of sorts, 'consisting of decrees against us' that is, against you and me... [Our own] rap sheets... have been nailed to Jesus’ cross, their ponderous chronicle of offenses pinned upon Christ himself.

"In the darkness that shrouds Calvary from the sixth to the ninth hour, a divine transaction is taking place. Jesus makes a trade with the Father.     Punishment adequate for all the crimes of all of humanity— every murder, every theft, every lustful glance, every hidden act of vice, every modest moment of pride, every monstrous deed of evil— punishment adequate for every crime of every man or woman who ever lived, Jesus takes upon himself as if he is guilty of all... When the full payment is made, when the last of the debt of those who trust in him melts away, when the justice of God is fully satisfied, Jesus simply dismisses his spirit into the Father’s hands and dies. But before he does, a single word falls from his lips. It is the word tetelestai.

"Jesus’ solitary word requires three English words to translate: 'It is finished.' Do not misunderstand, however. Jesus is not collapsing in exhausted relief at the end of suffering. The ordeal is done, true enough, but the Son of God rejoices not in what is over. He celebrates, rather, what has been accomplished. His words, precisely rendered, mean, “It has been and will forever remain finished.' Christ’s torment has not simply ended. His goal has been reached; his task has been achieved. The divine transaction is complete. Jesus takes our guilt. We take his goodness. That is the trade. And its effect extends forward, continues on, and changes the world forever."

Exerpted from The Story of Reality: Koukl, Gregory. The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between (p. 127-129). Zondervan.

Don't Miss Soup Suppers & Lenten Devotions

Our Soup Suppers and Lenten Devotions got off to a hearty start last Wednesday. Soups were extra tasty, fellowship was warm, and our Lenten devotion commemorating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's 95 Theses and the beginning of the Reformation, was inspirational and motivating. Tonight we promise it will be even better. Join us at 6:15 tonight and at each of the following 4 Wednesdays.

Click here to view slides from our Soup Suppers from 2012-2016.

This Week's Construction Video
Work Party on the Land March 9 2017

Draining the swamp and getting more dirt. No road crew this week -- The Russ and Jerry show handled it all. Thanks guys.  Harvey Payne, 9 Mar 2017.

Grading has resumed this week, with the burying of underground storm drains and utilities.

Click on the image above to view the current video. Please continue to pray for resources to build a worthy worship center.

Coming Events
Wed, Mar 15 6:15 pm
Lenten Devotions and Soup Suppers
Sat, Mar 18 9:00 am
Palm Sun Festival Choir
Rehearsal 9:00-11:00 am
Wed, Mar 22 6:15 pm
Lenten Devotions and Soup Suppers
Sun, Apr 9,
Palm Sun
Wed, Apr 12 6:30 pm
Women's Bible Study Continues
Thu, Apr 13 6:00 pm
Passover Seder & Service
Fri, Apr 14 7:00 pm
Good Fri Service
Sat, Apr 15 9:00 am
Bunny Hop Easter Egg Hunt
Sun, Apr 16,
Easter Sun Services
Mon, May 8 5:30 pm
SOJ MEN Serve Open Door Meals

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