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Bulletin for March 18, 2018

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Luke 23:26-49

26 As the soldiers led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. 27 A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him. 28 Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30 Then

“‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!”
and to the hills, “Cover us!”’

31 For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”

36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”

38 There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the jews.

39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”

40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.

47 The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.” 48 When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away. 49 But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.

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Leader: The Word of the Lord.
Congregation: Thanks be to God.

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Easter Festival with Christ our King (March 31)

Join us on Saturday, March 31st as we partner with our friends at Christ Our King Community Church to put on an Easter Festival for the community, complete with food, bounce houses, and Easter Egg hunt. The event will take place at their building from 11 am – 1 pm!

CLICK HERE for more info, and be on the lookout for information on how you can help!

Guatemala 2018 • August 19-25

Our Global Ministries partner, Lemonade International, prefers to call their summer trips “Vision Trips” instead of Mission Trips. This isn’t just clever word play. It is true. This trip is less about “doing” and more about experiencing God. It has been said that “grace is like water — it flows downhill and pools up in the lowest places.” If this is true, there is much grace for us to see, touch and feel in the community of La Limonada.

If you’ve never been on a short-term mission trip before, considering joining our team to Guatemala this summer! Learn more here or talk to Pastor Curtis directly as he will be the team leader for this year’s trip.

Good Friday Worship (3/30, 6:00pm)

G.K. Chesterton once wrote, “Any man who preaches real love is bound to beget hate … Real love has always ended in bloodshed.” Join us on Good Friday (March 30, 6:00pm) to remember Real Love. To remember Christ.

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