Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sunday, April 3, 2011 Scripture Reading and Theme (John 13:1-17, 31-35)

The sermon series leading up to Easter, "The Last Week" continues this Sunday with a message based on the "Thursday" of Passion Week. This week's Scripture is John 13:1-17, 31-35. Aside from Good Friday and Easter itself, Thursday of Holy Week may be the most recognized of the days of Passion Week. “Maundy Thursday,” as the Thursday of Passion Week is called, is based on John’s Gospel, especially the words of Jesus in John 13:34. “Maundy” derives from the Latin word for the “mandate” – the new commandment – that Jesus gives his followers in John 13:34.

John 13:12-17, 31-35 (NIV)

12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them.

13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.

14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.

15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.

16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.

17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

31 When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in him.

32 If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once.

33 “My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come.

34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Discover Hope This Easter Season!
See you this Sunday as we worship our living Lord.

Pastor Joe

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sunday, March 27, 2011 Scripture Reading (Mark 14:1-11)

This Sunday we will continue our Easter series of messages looking at "The Last Week" of Jesus. Sunday's sermon text deals with the Wednesday of passion week.

Mark 14:1-11
1 Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him.

2 “But not during the festival,” they said, “or the people may riot.”

3 While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.

4 Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume?

5 It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.

6 “Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.

7 The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me.

8 She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial.

9 Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

10 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them.
11 They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

For His Glory!
Pastor Joe

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Happenings at HBC This Sunday, March 13, 2011!

This Sunday, we will continue to look at The Last Week of Jesus, a series on the Passion week of Christ. Sunday's message will be based on the Monday event, the cleansing of the temple, Mark 11:12-19.

You are invited to join us for Secret Church Friday, March 11th from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 Midnight. Our Study will be on "The Cross of Christ." This promises to be an intense but spiritual enriching experience as we view what God has done in Christ.

And don't forget, time change this Saturday evening, March 12th. Spring forward -- Move your clocks forward one hour.

See you this Sunday as we have an opportunity to both Grow in Christ, Connect with God and other believers, and Serve one another in love.

Pastor Joe
"Phil. 1:3"