We have several special opportunities to worship this week. On Thursday Night, we will have a Maundy Thursday service. Maundy is from the Latin word for “mandate” and indeed, on this extraordinary night over 2000 years ago, Jesus gave us the most profound of His many commandments. Maundy Thursday is a time for watching, waiting, and reflection as we remember the last night of Jesus’ earthly life. This service will include the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. The service will begin at 7:00 p.m.
On Friday night, we will have a Good Friday service also at 7:00 p.m. We are praying that this will be a very significant service of remembrance. We are praying that there will be real victories at this service as people will be able to deal with their burdens of sin and burdens of life and leave them “at the foot of the cross.”
Then, on Sunday, we will have our full offering of Sunday School hours and our two morning worship services—9:45 a.m. or 11:11 a.m. Be reminded that we do not have any evening activities or services Sunday night. Enjoy the afternoon with your friends and families.
In addition, don’t forget that Sunday is the launch Sunday of our new Hispanic church mission. The group will begin to meet in the Memorial Chapel located in our First Baptist Christian School Building. There will be a Sunday School ministry at 9:45 and a worship service at 11:00 a.m. Our pastor’s name is Bro. Melvin Mendoza. I love the name that this group has selected. They are going to call themselves Iglesia Bautista el Renuevo, or translated Renewal Baptist Church. This church is a renewal and the work of renewal is exactly what Christ has come to do in our lives. So…the Renewal begins on Resurrection Sunday. I can’t wait to see what God is going to do in this new work.
This Sunday, I will be preaching on the subject of worship around the theme “My Journey to Easter Through the Triumphal Entry.” Jesus was cheered as He entered Jerusalem, but jeered by the end of that same week. Instead of voices of praise, the crowd called “Crucify Him.” What does that teach us about our worship? We will talk about that this Sunday.
I hope that you have made your plans to be with us for our Easter Week Services. In addition to the usual Sunday morning services, we will have a Maundy Thursday Service and a Good Friday Service. Both of these additional worship experiences will begin at 7:00 p.m. I would encourage you to invite friends to these services. Thursday night’s service will include the Observance of the Lord’s Supper. Friday’s night service is a remembrance centered around the cross.
Make sure you check out the progress on the building when you come Sunday. Keep praying!
Sunday morning we are continuing our Easter series called “My Journey to Easter.” This week we will look at Easter through the subject of repentance. As we remember Jesus’ sacrifice for our sin, we must remember that his sacrifice was for our sin. Ultimately, this should lead all of us to authentic repentance.
I hope that you have made your plans to be with us for our Easter Week Services. In addition to the usual Sunday morning services, we will have a Maundy Thursday service and a Good Friday Service. Both of these additional worship experiences will begin at 7:00 p.m. We have some great plans for these services.
Our church continues to be on mission this week. Please remember our missions team serving in the Philippines this week. Closer to home, our Student Pastor, Brad Gill, is bringing a group of 17 to work in Shreveport this weekend at The Hub Urban Ministries. We are so blessed to have opportunities near and far.
Pray for our ladies as we host a Women’s Celebration this weekend for the Louisiana Baptist Convention Friday night and Saturday morning. Ladies, all are invited!
See you Sunday, rain or shine, or even storming!