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Hot Off the Presses…


Easter Egg Hunt

All children of Mercy Hill ages 0 through 12 are invited to our annual Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday after the service.   Bring a friend!


What we already told you about…


Palm Sunday Women’s Luncheon

This Sunday, all women of Mercy Hill are invited to come to our first Palm Sunday Mercy Hill Women’s Luncheon Lunch will be followed by a devotion led by Sara Bausch and Tara Raymo. Please see them, or The City for more information.

 Pastoral Visitation

This year, Pastor Phil Henry will be visiting the members and regular attenders of the congregation in their homes for a spiritual conversation, encouragement in the Lord, and for prayer. Please make an effort to meet with him when he or Eileen Hernandez calls to schedule a visit. If you have any questions about pastoral visitations, please see Pastor Phil or one of the elders.

Maundy Thursday Dinner

All regular attenders of Mercy Hill Church over the age of 16 are cordially invited to a dinner on Maundy Thursday, March 29, at 6:30pm for a shared meal and time of fellowship. Please RSVP to this event on The City and sign up for an item to bring. Please note that childcare will not be provided for this event. Contact Candice Alkema if you have any questions.

Good Friday Service

Please invite your friends and family to worship with us at our Good Friday Worship Service this Friday at 6:30pm.  There will be a time of singing, readings, and a devotion by Rev. Phillip Henry.  Please sign up on the City to bring something to share for a time of fellowship following the service.  No childcare will be provided. Please see Candice Alkema with any questions.

Easter Egg Candy

Donations of candy for the Easter egg hunt are welcomed for this Sunday (3/25).  Please give all donations to Lauren Campbell. No gum or hard candies. Thank you!


Looking ahead…


Men’s Breakfast

There will be a Men’s Breakfast on Saturday, April 14th from 9:00-10:30 am.  Friends and neighbors are welcome as well!  Please RSVP to the event on The City. See Tim Pacek with any questions.


Church House update…


Help needed

The church leaders continue to be in discussion with the landlord about a new tenant possibly moving in next door. This may require a group of people to help move Pastor Phil’s office and library in the next week or two. If you are able and willing to help with that project, please see Eileen Hernandez or Phil Henry.


Confession of Faith…

Give us this day our daily bread – by Pastor Phil Henry

 

This simple request for God’s provision includes five surprising assumptions:

1.      Gratitude is assumed. First, gratitude is assumed. If the stuff of everyday life is provided by God, then all your possessions point to him, and as someone has observed, every little thing becomes “an exposition of the glory of God” (CS Lewis, Letters to Malcom, page 40).

2.      Pleasure is assumed. As you pray for your daily provisions, as you ask God to provide for you, you also pray God would make you the kind of person that takes pleasure in what God provides. Christians, who pray the Lord’s Prayer, have not only the things of God but the pleasures of God, Psalm 37:11, “But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.”

3.      Contentment is assumed. Third, not only are gratitude and pleasure assumed, contentment is assumed as well. A man’s life, our Lord taught elsewhere, does not consist “in the abundance of his possessions,” and far too many of us turn the skill of saving up money and possessions into idolatry. Some of you are like a leech, as Proverbs 31:15 teaches: “The leech has two daughters: Give and Give.”

4.      Faith is assumed. Fourthly, praying for your daily bread in a way or a frame of mind that is grateful, pleased, and content implies faith. Only the God of the Bible can be approached in that way — that way that’s full of confidence, trust, and humble, child-like acceptance. This is just another word for faith: as I was taught many years ago, the word “FAITH” can be spelled out as follows, “Forsaking All I Take Him” This doesn’t mean you have an excuse to not work hard; o you must believe that He will provide for you in whatever way he sees fit, including your own hard work. After all, faith without works is dead.

5.      Charity is assumed. Finally, charity is implied in this petition. When you pray “give us this day our daily bread,” you’re also recognizing that you might have more than you need for the express purpose of sharing or providing for those who lack. This is the model of the early church: not communism, but private property with a conscience or an eye or attention paid to those who do not have enough, Acts 4:32, “Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.”

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