Preparing for Worship – April 12

from Mark Hoffman

All our sickness, all our sorrows, Jesus carried up the hill

He has walked this path before us; He is walking with us still

This week as we gather to Rejoice in all that Jesus Christ has done for us, this lyric from our opening song reminds us that the road to Easter is first a Journey to the Cross. Our Lent devotional guide of the same name will point us to follow Christ on this journey as we sing Jerusalem and Jesus I Come.
After our Children’s Church dismissal (all kids 5 years old through 4th grade are invited to attend) Pastor Andrew will continue our series in the Gospel of John with a message from John 2 entitled “know BELIEVE live.”  
In response, we proclaim our faith together as we sing This I Believe. We continue our response of worship through Giving, and conclude our service with some brief announcements and a Benediction.
The Journey to the Cross devotional guide begins this week, on Saturday, April 13th! The first devotional reading by John Witvliet commemorates the day that Mary bowed at Jesus’ feet, anointed him with expensive burial perfume, and wiped his feet with her hair in an extravagant act of devotion. This occurred the day before the triumphal entry — the day we often call Palm Sunday (which is, of course, this Sunday.)
It is our desire as a fellowship to journey to the cross and to the empty tomb together in worship over the next week. Here’s how: First, prepare your heart and mind for gathered worship this Sunday by prayerfully reflecting on the Scripture and songs above. In addition, commit to following the Journey to the Cross devotional guide each day from now until Easter Monday.
(If you haven’t yet picked up a guide, it’s definitely not too late! Get one on Sunday at the Welcome Center; they are free of charge.) Lastly, plan to join in worship not only this Sunday, but for our Good Friday and Easter services as well. Let’s deepen our faith as a fellowship as we walk the path of Holy Week together with Christ.
See you on Sunday, Mark