Bulletin for April 9, 2017
5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
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Leader: The Word of the Lord
Ekklesia: Thanks be to God
This week’s worship.
Join us next Friday (4/14) for our Good Friday worship service at 6 PM where we will join together in following Jesus instructions: “Do this in remembrance of me.”
Easter Worship • Brunch/Potluck • Egg Hunt
Easter Worship (10:30 AM on 4/16) will be intentionally shorter so that we can move over to the courtyard for food and fun. Our church board will be serving up sausages and pancakes at the pancake bar (complete with all the fixings), but we are asking people to BRING SOMETHING TO SHARE (breakfast casserole, breads, fruit, juice, etc.).
KIDS: COME READY TO HUNT FOR EGGS!
TODAY is our once-a-month post-church basketball game. If you like to play ball and are interested in building some community, bring your gear with you (or just wear it to church) and get in the game! (The church will provide protein bars, bottled water, etc. to get everyone through to their late lunch.) Join us!
Men’s Spring Camp Out (4/21 – 4/22)
Join us overnight April 21-22 for good food, camp fire, great people, beautiful surroundings and hopefully some GREAT spring weather! Don’t have camping gear? No worries! We’ve got you covered. DADS – please bring your sons. This is a father-son friendly event. This location is particularly fishermen friendly. And so, if you have bass or catfishing gear, please bring it! Questions? Post any questions on our men’s FB event page. (NOTE: The bulletin listed the incorrect dates last week. These are the correct dates • April 21-22.)
LENT Giving Jars
As part of Lent each year, we encourage everyone to undertake two fasts: one that frees up time (perhaps a favorite TV show?), and another that frees up resources (maybe soda or alcohol or eating out). The goal is to repurpose the time and resources to expand our hearts toward God and others. With the resources we free up, we will be taking a special offering on Easter to go toward our school supply giveaway / block party event in August! Be sure to pick up a giving jar to take home with you and start collecting your saved resources!
5th Sunday of April
Last month, Christ Our King Community Church hosted an event several people from Ekklesia attended, Real Talk: Race & Culture. It was wonderful. When any month has 5 Sundays, we commit the 5th Sunday toward racial reconciliation. Part of this commitment involves growing in relationship with local churches who look different than us but share our heart toward reconciliation.
There are still some details to iron out (lunch after worship?), but we are planning to join Christ Our King for worship on April 30 at 10 AM (1500 Garner Road, Raleigh, NC 27610). Mark your calendars and join us!