Every Friday is a good Friday in my book, but THIS one is GOOD Friday! I pray that you might take a moment to pray a "thank-you" to Jesus for what He has done for us.
Last Sunday the Jam Band practiced a new song that is perfect for today. I'm singing these lyrics in my mind today:
Hallelujah! Thank You Jesus
I was a prisoner, now I'm not
With Your blood You bought my freedom
Hallelujah for the cross
Easter at Church Requel. We have enjoyed a very special week at the church with two different worship team rehearsals on Monday and Tuesday evenings. I'm so looking forward to helping to lead you all in worship this weekend. Joining me Sunday morning will be Chris Thoman, Tamara Engstrom and Brian Betts. The songs we will be singing on Easter morning are some of our most favorites: "My Savior Lives" by Desperation Band, "Happy Day" by Steve Fee and "My Redeemer Lives" by Hillsong. Brian is also going to sing a special song for us: "Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)" by Casting Crowns. If you feel about these songs the way we did on Tuesday night, you'll be dancing in the aisles!
Reader's Theater by our Students. We are pleased to have our children taking part in our worship Sunday too. Anna, Leia, Paityn and Sicily will present “He’s Alive”, a student theatre production. At Church Requel we believe our children are not just the church of tomorrow. They are the church of today! One Sunday a month they participate in the worship experience with their families upstairs. I can't wait to hear their presentation!
Goodie Bags For Our Children Sunday Morning. Every student and child walks away from Sunday’s Easter worship with a personalized Easter goodie bag. Let’s thank DeeDee for coming up with this great idea and Mary Kay and Marci for helping to put the bags together last week. And let’s thank all of you who donated to make these goodie bags possible!
(Personally I'll be glad when the goodie bags are gone from the church office. Way too much temptation this week for me! Ha!)
Sunday's Easter Sermon. I've titled the sermon: "The Most Incredible Message." And by that I am not referring to my sermon!
Where do you search for Jesus? If you don’t find Him maybe it’s because you’re looking in the wrong places. We celebrate Jesus’ resurrection on this Easter Day 2018 and talk about what this means for each one of us. This is such incredible good news it must be shared.
Would you like a head start on the sermon notes? You can find them in your Bible app by clicking on "Events" and then choosing Church Requel. Or you can see them in your browser window here.
Pancake Breakfast on April 22nd. Speaking of my sermons, we are nearing the end of the Luke series. Did you know that we started in on December 21, 2015? Ninety-six sermons later - on April 22nd - we will come to the end of this study.
Let’s celebrate this 2 1/2 year adventure with a pancake breakfast. And let’s thank Dave Repp and Sheri Nichols for coming up with this great idea and organizing it. The breakfast will begin at 9:30am on April 22nd, so plan on coming early BEFORE our church service.
Invite your family and friends for Easter! Both Mary Kay and I have been engaging people this week, talking about our Easter church service at Church Requel. We have both been pleasantly surprised by the response we have received. Everyone has been quite interested and several have responded that they've been looking for a church to attend on Easter. They were appreciative that we talked to them about our church. What about you? These next 48 hours will be the best opportunity you have to invite people you know to church. Your personal invitation is THE BEST way to include new people in our church. Let's not keep this beautiful, wonderful, loving family a secret. Please invite someone you know to come Sunday morning!
Hope to see you and your friends Sunday morning! Love you all, Pastor Mark