Sermons for Holy Week 2018

March 25, Palm Sunday
Triumphant Entry (Mark 11:1-11) Sittin’ on a Donkey!
Jesus’ entry into the holy city is a well-planned carnival parody of real kingship. Too often we overlook the importance of the Triumphant Entry as we enter Holy Week. Palm Sunday is an invitation to pause in the moment and focus on the importance of Jesus alone.

March 29 Holy Thursday
Passover Meal, Seder Celebration, Communion 6:00 pm
Except for the resurrection on Easter, Holy Thursday is possibly one of the most important, complex, and profound days of celebration in the church. The disciples are gather for the annual Passover meal and Seder worship service, but Jesus offers himself as the Passover sacrifice, the sacrificial lamb, and teaches that followers of the way will have hope in his resurrection. This evening will begin with wonderful a wonderful Passover meal, reliving the Exodus of the Jews in the Seder and reliving and participating in the Eucharist.

March 30 Outdoor Good Friday (5:00-7:00pm)
The Stations of the Cross refers to a self-guided journey featuring a series of images depicting Jesus Christ on the day of his crucifixion with accompanying prayers. The stations grew out of imitations of Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem which is believed to be the actual path Jesus walked to Mount Calvary. The object of the event is to encourage believers to pray and contemplate the many challenges Jesus faced.

This experience of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross will take place on our new property located at 1290 West Plymouth Avenue. Walkers may read, contemplate, and pray at their own pace as they visit each station. You may enter the stations between 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Communion will be offered at the last station. No matter your denomination, we hope you will make plans to join us!

April 1st, Easter Sunday
6:45 Outdoor Sunrise Easter Service
8:30 Early Easter Service, John 20:1-18
9:30 Brunch
11:00 Traditional Easter Service, John 20:1-18

On Sunday, April 1st, there will be a magnificent celebration of the resurrection story through both message and music. First, a Sunrise Service will be held on the Plymouth Avenue property beginning at 6:45 a.m. Pastor Golden’s sermon will be based on Luke 24:1-12.

Both of our regular worship services will be held in Trinity’s Sanctuary. The early service, with its more blended-style of worship featuring Trinity’s Praise Team, will begin at 8:30 a.m. Pastor Dale will present a message titled “Hope Is Alive!” which will be repeated at the later service. The sermon is based on John 20:1-18. Trinity’s Praise Team will share an arrangement of “Amen” and “The Lion and the Lamb”, two powerful songs expressing the power and majesty of our Lord and His sacrifice for us on Easter.

From 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., a brunch will be served in the Fellowship Hall. Cost is by donation and proceeds will go to support Trinity’s Youth and their planned mission trip and church camp this summer. An Easter Egg Hunt with crafts, prizes and games will take place inside and outside (weather permitting) for toddlers and young children.

The Chancel Choir, accompanied by organist Larry Graham at the traditional 11 a.m. service, will sing “Fanfare for Easter Day” and “God Rolled the Stone Away” – an exciting, rousing arrangement of the excitement of the morning when the disciples arrived to see the stone was rolled away, and our Savior was no longer there.

Members, visitors and friends are encouraged to bring their entire families. Arrive early and bring fresh spring flowers to place on the cross located outside of the Sanctuary (Clara Avenue) entrance. Designated parking for first-time visitors is on the Clara Avenue side, as well. The Nursery is staffed by child care professionals who look forward to meeting all little angels ages birth to 5, and Children’s Church will be open to children ages 6-9 during both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services. For more information about the worship services, contact Pastor Dale or Conya Hartman at (386) 734-4425.

Beyond Easter

April 8 – 2nd Sunday of Easter
Pastor Dan Casselberry will present a message on The Road to Emmaus

April 15 – 3rd Sunday of Easter & Baptism
Pastor Dan Casselberry preaching

April 22-July 1 Series, “Revival of Israel with Ezra and Nehemiah”

Changing times have always been interesting but more often challenging for societies. The way Israel rediscovered who they were, as former exiles, could shed light on who we are now in the 21st Century.
Our Judeo-Christian heritage may give encouraging insight to not just surviving but thriving in the looming Christian tsunami of 2021-2050. (I’ll share more about that later.) We can either
continue to survive or we can look for new ways to grow and prosper!

April 22, Ezra 1-6 Setting the Scene

April 29 Nehemiah 1-3, 4-11a Prayer of Forgiveness

May 6 Nehemiah 2:1-5 Vision Casting

May 13 Nehemiah 2:11-16 The Inspector General

May 20 Music Makers’ Spring Production ”

May 27 Nehemiah 2:17-20 Commitment and Risk

June 3 Nehemiah 3:1-3 The Walls and Gates Go Up!

June 10 Nehemiah 4:1-6 Taunts of Unbelievers

June 17 Nehemiah 4:8-23 Prayer, Planning and Hard Work

June 24 Nehemiah 6:15-16 With God’s Help, All is Possible!

July 1 Ephesians 5:19-20 Singing a New Song

Bearing fruit in a changing world leads us to question everything except God. The world we knew changed powerfully in 1965. How do we adapt and prepare for the world of 2025?


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