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An Encounter with the Christ

Messages for celebrating the Passion, 2018

Holy Week – Easter – the Passion – Palm Sunday – Maundy Thursday – Good Friday – Resurrection Sunday. Whatever you call the upcoming remembrance of Christ’s death and resurrection, you will be blessed to set apart a little time from our culture’s mad rush and focus your heart and mind on Jesus.

This year we will have not four but five Holy Week opportunities to encounter the Messiah. Each will reveal a different aspect of the person and work of Christ: (2) His Majesty; (2) Our Community; (3) His Fidelity; and (4) Our Certainty

March 25, 2018 – Palm Sunday
Text: Matthew 21:1-9
Title: His Majesty
Key Sentence: In the triumphal entry we encounter the Messiah King
Worship Theme: Palm Sunday

March 29, 2018 – Thursday of Easter Week (Dinner at 6:30 p.m.)
Text: 1 Corinthians 10:16-17, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Title: Our Community
Key Sentence: As a community we remember his body broken and his blood shed
Worship Theme: Communion (this will be a very brief ‘communion meditation’ after the community dinner)

March 30, 2018 – Friday of Easter Week (7:00 p.m. at the church)
Text: Various (the seven last words)
Title: His Fidelity
Key Sentence: We mourn and rejoice as Christ shows his faithfulness on the cross.
Worship Theme: The Seven Last Words of Christ (Bonus: Last Words by Andrew Peterson)

April 1, 2018 – Easter Sunrise (7:00 a.m. at Countryside Park, League City)
Text: John 20:19-31
Title: Our Certainty – Thomas (First person)
Key Sentence: The resurrection can help us stop doubting and believe
Worship Theme: Resurrected!

April 1, 2018 – Easter Service
Text: 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, 1 Corinthians 15:12-28
Title: Our Certainty
Key Sentence: Did Jesus really rise from the dead? The evidence says “Yes!”
Worship Theme: I believe in the Resurrection