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Hot Off the Presses…


Youth Bible Study

Sixth through Twelfth grade are invited to join our youth group’s monthly bible study on Sunday April 8th. Bible study meets following the morning service. Lunch is served.  Please RSVP on The City and parents please consider helping provide lunch.

What we already told you about…


Maundy Thursday Dinner

Tonight is the Maundy Thursday dinner at 6:30pm.  All regular attenders of Mercy Hill Church over the age of 16 are cordially invited to a dinner 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. 

Good Friday Service

Tomorrow evening is our Good Friday Worship Service at 6:30 pm.  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.

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.

Easter Egg Hunt

All children of Mercy Hill ages 0 through 8 are invited to our annual Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday after the service.   Bring a friend!

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.


Looking ahead…



Family Day of Service

On Sunday, May 20, from 12-2 Mercy Hill will be participating in the Family Day of Service once again. This year, Mercy Hill will be participating in trash clean up in our local community. All are welcome to join, but we ask for volunteers to sign their name and shirt size at the sign up in the church house counter, so we know how many volunteers will be participating and if shirts are available this year, how many we will need. If you have any questions please see James or Valorie Hoffman.


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 Adam Moore or Phil Henry.


Confession of Faith…

 

Palm Sunday Reflection – By Pastor Brent Kilman

Palm Sunday has sentimental value for many of us who remember carrying Palm leaves into church on Sunday morning as children, or have enjoyed seeing our children participate in worship in this way. It’s a day that is more than sentimental, however. It is a celebration of Jesus as King. It’s also a warning and a reminder that we honor our King as He is, not as we wish he would be.  I’ll offer 3 P’s about Palm Sunday:

Palm Sunday is Prophetic fulfillment. It’s the day that we remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It’s the proclamation that “The King is here!” It’s the beginning of what Christians call, “Holy Week” – a week that began with celebration and ended with Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.  On that day Jesus entered Jerusalem for the last time. When He entered, the Jews thought their long awaited Messiah had arrived, so they celebrated by cheering, dancing, and yelling out shouts of “Hosanna in the Highest!” This King, Jesus, arrives on a donkey, which would have been a bold statement about his identity as the legitimate ruler of Jerusalem.

Zechariah 9:9 prophesies, “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud O daughter of Jerusalem, behold, your king is coming to you, righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

By riding in on a donkey Jesus debunks any notion of a Jewish nationalistic warrior king or a Roman general’s “triumphal” parade. Instead King Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s word that the King would come riding humbly to triumph by laying his life down for the salvation of his people.

Palm Sunday is a Paradigm of Worship.  When Jesus was presented as King on that day, His disciples responded with enthusiastic worship.  Luke 19:37-38 says that “the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’” What God did that day by presenting Jesus as King, He does every time God’s people gather together for worship.  Gathered worship is a declaration that Jesus is the true king and all the kings of the earth are merely temporary stewards of part of God’s kingdom. This is why our Sunday worship service is SO VITAL to our spiritual lives. Our worship presents Christ as King. As we gather the scripture is read as a Royal Decree Calling us to Worship the King, the songs we sing proclaim the promises of our King, we make penitent confession of sin to our King, hearing His promise of forgiveness, corporate prayer, the reading of God’s word and proclamation of the Word through preaching, entering into communion together as his people, and the promise of the benediction – all these elements recognize Christ as King and place this reality before all of us every time we gather. Since God presents Jesus as King when His people gather together for worship like He did that first Palm Sunday, then we make gathering for worship a priority.

Palm Sunday is a Powerful Warning. The people shouting “Hosanna in the Highest!” on that day were right that Jesus was their Messiah, king, and rescuer, but they were wrong in what His rule, reign, and rescue would look like – and for that, many of those shouting “Hosanna!” on Sunday were shouting “Crucify Him!” by Friday. Likewise, we who gather here today singing “Hosanna” to Jesus as our King do well to heed the warning of Palm Sunday that we do not yell “Crucify Him” later.

It has become popular to say, “My Jesus would never …” to claims of Jesus’ authority that challenge our assumptions or preferences. In so doing we choose to ignore the historical documents about Jesus and the very words of our King, the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, choosing instead to use the name of Jesus to advance our own personal, or political agendas. In so doing we miss the King God has provided in our expectations of a different kind of King, much like the Jews of Jesus’ day.

It was only retroactively, after Jesus’ resurrection, that the Disciples understood Zechariah 9’s prophetic words about their King’s reign: “I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall speak peace to the nations; his rule shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.”

I don’t have time to unpack the meaning of Zechariah 9 here, but simply to put forward the thought that perhaps, had the people of Jerusalem heeded God’s word about their King, they would not have denied him just a short time later. The warning beckons us who seek Jesus to do so through his word and to worship him according to his word, so that we would not miss the King who is for the King we expect.

To conclude these thoughts on Palm Sunday: May we move beyond mere sentimentality about Palm Sunday and prepare ourselves to worship our King Jesus every week, and when God presents His Son to us as King, may we be ready to respond enthusiastically, with great joy, and in all truth as we worship King Jesus.

“Hosanna in the Highest!

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