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April 1, 2019

One more . . . one more message until we conclude our study of the CrossWords and move on to the meaning of the cross itself . . . the Triumphal Entry, Holy Week, and then Easter. It is a word that has great meaning and challenge for us as followers of Jesus. But first . . . 

Yesterday we looked at the word completion. We looked at the end of Jesus' life . . . at the finality of what happened on the cross. As He fought for breath He called out it is finished! We could have asked who He was crying out to with those words.

Was it to God the Father, saying that He had completed what He had set out to do, saying that He had fulfilled the call? Or was it to the disciples, to the women who were watching, to those who had followed Him for a time and to those who stood mocking Him, saying that even though they may not have realized all that had happened through His life and all that was happening at that very moment, His life-work was accomplished in His death?

But we did not ask that question. Instead of looking at who the words were directed at we looked at what the words meant – and at what they mean to us today. As far as those who stood watching understood, it is finished referred to what happened on that Friday, referred to the crucifixion and to Jesus' death. However, tetelestai . . . it is finished . . . actually pointed to Sunday. It was a cry that life was starting, not ending – a cry that spiritual life was rebirthed in His death. It is finished actually meant it is beginning!

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Unfortunately, Nadine was not able to share her monthly Missions Moment with us. I hope that I was an adequate fill-in replacement. On her behalf I announced our Easter Offering goal. Yes, we have set a high goal and it is a lot to ask, especially after the expenses of our past year. As I reminded us in our service, the Easter Offering supports our World Evangelism Fund – supports our ministries to share the Good News of Jesus [the meaning of Easter!] across the world.                                                                                                                                                

Please . . . pray carefully about what God would have you give in this special offering. Our goal is to raise $1,750 in directed giving to this, over and above our regular offerings.                                                                                                    

And yes . . . Sunday coming we will conclude our spring series as we look at the last words of Jesus – the last words of Jesus from the cross, that is! If the words Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit’ had been His last then that means that there would have been no resurrection. And with no resurrection, as Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15 

13 . . . then Christ is not risen. 14 And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. 15 Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise. 16 For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. 17 And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! . . .19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.

[oops, I'm preaching early, but what a thought!]. Our message Sunday will celebrate commitment – Christ's through His death and ours through our lives.

Join us for a time of coffee and fellowship following our service.

It's nearing . . . don't forget that during Holy Week we will join with Bridlewood Church for services that will lead us to Easter . . . Monday through Thursday evenings at 7:00, with a service on Good Friday at Bridlewood at 4:30. Each church will host her own Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday services. 

  • April 15: at Bridlewood, 7:00 pm
  • April 16: at Trinity, 7:00 pm
  • April 17: at Bridlewood, 7:00 pm
  • April 18: at Trinity, 7:00 pm
  • Good Friday: at Bridlewood, 4:30 pm

Lent doesn’t work unless you fill what you give up with something else, something good, something godly, something . . . God. How is your fasting going?

Our spring service of music and celebration is planned for April 28 – we encourage everyone to participate . . . to sing  . . . to read . . . to share something! Matt will speak to us about our participation closer to the date.

This year's Annual Meeting will be held following our May 5 worship service. Our message – Looking Back – will celebrate the year past and will look to the year ahead. Ministry reports [including a financial report and our budget] will be shared; a sandwich potluck will follow.   

We have invited the members of the Ottawa Misfits motorcycle group to join us on May 26. We will prepare breakfast for the group and they will join us in our worship service before a "blessing of the bikes". Pray that God will bless and use this outreach opportunity for His glory. Our message: We're All Misfits!

It's that time. Really, it is! Time to start thinking about spring . . . if you can! Time to start thinking about "green" and "outside" . . . if you can. Time to start thinking about gardening . . . if you wish Our community garden registration night is April 24. A few plots are available this year to be distributed at the meeting. Talk to Anna or Pierre for more information.

The nursery school is once again fundraising, again through Purdy's chocolates. Order your Easter chocolates by signing in to your [or starting an] account at Purdy's [click here] – use customer number 37568. There is a nice selection of chocolate available. Order by Wednesday; pick-up is April 17 [the Wednesday before Easter] at the church. Enjoy!

Upcoming Services

  • Apr    7   Cross Words: Commitment
  • Apr  14   Palm Sunday: Celebration
  • Apr  15   Holy Week service, at Bridlewood, 7:00 pm
  • Apr  16   Holy Week service, at Trinity, 7:00 pm
  • Apr  17   Holy Week service, at Bridlewood, 7:00 pm
  • Apr  18   Holy Week service, at Trinity, 7:00 pm
  • Good Friday: service at Bridlewood, 4:30 pm
  • Apr  21   Easter Sunday: Consummation
  • Apr  28   a day of Music and Celebration

In April

  • Apr    7   Coffee Fellowship, following our service
  • Apr  10   Church Board Meeting
  • Apr  11   Young Adult Q&A
  • Apr  21   Easter Offering
  • Apr  25   Bible Study

And Later . . .

  • May   4   Garden Work Day                                                                 
  • May   5   Annual Meeting and Sandwich Fellowship
  • May   9   Young Adult Q&A
  • May 23   Bible Study
  • May 26   A Day with the Misfits
  • Jun     1   Will and Estate Planning Seminar
  • Jun     6   District Assembly, at Toronto Emmanuel Church
  • Jun   16   Youth Service
  • Jun   23   Memorial Service for David Rapkins