April 8, 2014

We now approach Palm Sunday. As is our custom, we will gather on the steps before worship this coming Sunday and process into the Sanctuary to the familiar words of “All Glory, Laud, and Honor.” We will remember that Sunday long ago when Jesus entered Jerusalem to the cheers of the common people and the anger of the powers that be. We will note that he cleansed the temple, washed the feet of his disciples and prayed for those who followed him aw well as those, such as ourselves, who would follow him in the days and years to come. Our central text will be John 17: 1-26. My sermon will be titled “Prayer: A Demonstration of Love.”

This information is in the Transmitter, and will be in the Bulletin again this Sunday, but I want to make sure you have the schedule fpr Holy Week so you can prepare to participate in our events as well as invite your friends. There will be no Soup and Study on Tuesday, April 15.

Thursday, April 17, 6:00 p.m-7:30 p.m.

Maundy Thursday Service and Finger Food Potluck. Our seminarians are planning this service, which will include foot/hand washing, music by our Handbell Ensemble, and Communion. The potluck will conclude the evening. Please bring an hors d’Ouevres to share.

Friday, April 18, 12-2:30 p.m.

Good Friday Service at Taylor United Methodist Church. The Seven Last Words, a service of  music and  spoken word. There will be seven short sermons by local pastors including me. I will be preaching on Jesus’ words “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

Saturday, April 19, 10-1:00

Neighborhood Easter Parade and Egg Dyeing Party

Sunday, April 20, 10:00-12:30

Worship, Coffee Hour, Easter Egg Hunt on the Lawn

Prayers of the Congregation

  • LeAnn Flesher on the death of her uncle
  • Virginia Cheatham, at home under hospice care
  • Shirley Jones, health concerns
  • The people of Ukraine and Russia
  • The participants in the most recent Call-In
  • The victims of and responders to the landslide in Washington
  • The farmers of California in the midst of the current drought
  • Mary Karne for Maryla
  • Marie Johnson for a friend
  • Kay Baxter Reid for her family
  • George and Sylvia Lee
  • Carol and Steve Leichter
  • Ted and Doris Evans
  • Zondra Martin for her family
  • All our shut ins
  • Thanksgiving for the ministry of our Hunger Task Force
  • Ann Fields for her family
  • Paul Keener for Yan Li, Erik,  Robert, Gertrude and Mary
  • Larry Hutchings on the recent death of friends, Mary, Donna and Rachel
  • Thanksgiving that Ann Branch was in worship
  • Sydney and Gigi for cousin Damaari
  • Dave Ferguson (Open Door Mission), health concerns
  • Thanksgiving for the ministry of Brent Walker and the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
  • Thanksgiving for the ministry of the American Baptist Homes of the West
  • Thanksgiving with Jesse Lucas on his safe return from the Evergreen Baptist Association Mission Trip to Haiti
  • Thanksgiving that  Gloria Joseph is home
  • James and Jewelle Gibbs for their son Geoffrey
  • Karen Hopkins, injured shoulder
  • Cameron Wilson for her father