By Sammy Maisie
What a wonderful day to praise the Lord. Clear and sunny, but on the cool side.
Sunday school began with a congregational song, “When I’ve Traveled My Last Mile.” The adult lesson was titled, “Living the Christian Life,” from 4:11-17 & James 5:9-11.
Pat Henderson prayed for the needs and understanding the lesson. The worship hour began with a report. Two birthdays, Kourtney Everett and James Farr.
Brother Bill welcomed the congregation, read and revised the prayer list needs. Prayer list: Wayne Young, Shirley Sell, Junior Robert Downing Family, Jean Deckard, Kourtney Everett, Kamden Massie, Deanie Henson, Kenny Williams, Charlie Hodge, Sasha Pain Family, Lena Creech, Harold “Butch” Alcorn and all the many others. John Henderson prayed for them and all that is wrong with the country. Chris Curtis prayed for the understandings of the songs and their meaning.
Herald Lee read from, “No Excused Sunday.” Brother Bill read a message from Luke 19:28-48, Romans 8:35-39. The Invitation song was “Pass Me Not.” Rex Vestal dismissed and closed services. We had our 4th Sunday Singing and refreshment night. Jerry Rader and Tina Massie prayed over the food and the good night of good music.
Announcements: Wednesday, 7 p.m. Bible Study Rev 20:14 and youth; Easter April 4th: 8 a.m. sunrise services, 8 a.m. breakfast, 10 a.m. worship service 11 a.m. dismiss + egg hunt (bring a plant in memory of someone + take home after services); backpack program school supplies at Niangua.
God bless everyone. May God Bless you all.
By Lacey Cantrell
Crossroads EMC wants you to come worship with us! “”Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ The King of Israel!”—John 12:13
Jesus began his last week on earth by riding into Jerusalem on a donkey under a canopy of palm branches, with crowds hailing him as their king. To announce that he was indeed the Messiah, Jesus chose a time when all Israel would the gathered in Jerusalem, a place where huge crowds could see him, and a way of proclaiming his mission that was unmistakable. On Palm Sunday we celebrate Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem as Lord of lords and King of Peace.
Upcoming Events: Good Friday service at 7pm (4/2) Easter Sunday Sunrise Service @6:30am and regular worship service at 10:45am, to follow (4/4).
Holy Trinity Church
By Sue Epperson
Palm (Passion) Sunday
Isaiah 50:4-7, Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24
“Christ Jesus though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on the cross.”
Mark 14: 1-15:47
Every year, Palm Sunday’s celebration begins our journey through Holy Week – A time of prayer, a time of renewal, and a time to walk closely with Jesus through his sufferings, death, and Resurrection...we pray that the grace of God will strength our hearts to trust in him during these days leading up to Easter. And for all who at this moment are experiencing some form of abandonment, loneliness, sadness, or emptiness, may the words of Jesus’ prayer renew your heart as we pray: “ABBA, Father, all things are possible to you. Take this cup away from me, but not what I will but what you will.” Jesus, May we serve you every day of our lives for your people.
THE MIRROR, March 19, 2021, page 13.
Have a Blessed Easter!!! Let us pray for one another.
Marshfield Assembly of God
By Angela Reid
The Easter Bunny is coming to Marshfield Assembly of God on Saturday, April 3 from 11-1 am! Stop by for our come-and-go Drive-thru Easter Eggstravaganza. Children ages 0-12 receive a treat bag with eggs, candy, and prizes! Free hotdogs, chips, and drinks for the family. Join us the following morning for our Easter Sunday service at 10:15. Easter is the perfect time to reconnect to your faith. Services also available for children 0-12. Hope to see you there!
By Brenda Brinkley
Sunday was windy, but the sunshine brightened the day. Gary Brinkley led the Sunday School lesson. Morning worship began after Reed Smith rang the bell. Happy Birthday was sung to Reed. His birthday was last Saturday. He brought some of his new dinosaurs to church.
Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. we will have a special service to observe the Lord’s Supper.
This Sunday is Easter. Son-Rise service begins at 8 a.m. We will have breakfast at 9, and morning worship service at 10. Everyone is invited to come and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with us.
Following announcements and prayer requests, Gary led in prayer. Several quarters were added to the ‘Blessings’ jar.
I led the song service accompanied by John Anderson on the guitar. Ushers for the offering were Betty Williams and Laurel Bell. Gary led in prayer. As special music, John Anderson and I sang, “Take My Hand, Precious Lord.”
Pastor Doug Brown delivered the morning message. He challenged us to ask ourselves, “What’s my purpose?” He used Matthew 21: 1 - 11 and Nehemiah 3: 22 - 23 as the texts.
We have to listen to God and find our purpose. Everybody’s is different. Then we have to be obedient and work to fulfill it.
Jesus rode into Jerusalem to fulfill His purpose. He knew what was coming and He met it head-on.
What is God asking you to do? Are you doing it?
From all of us at Mission Home, have a blessed Easter.
Mt. Sinai Church
By Doris McFarland
Sunday school opened by singing “Did You Think to Pray” with Lola Belle Underwood leading in prayer. Phillip Ragsdale had the devotional, “His death brings life” from I Corinthians 5:17, speaking of events leading up to Easter. Prayers were offered for Diane Robertson’s brother Kelly, Angie Jones, John Lawless, Kay Moore, Marie Hale, Patsy Lummis, Betty Keeler, Scott Carroll, and the family of Kevin James. Clint Young had the adult lesson, “Prophet of Courage” from I Kings 18. “Happy Birthday” was sung to Kamden, young son of Brian and Nikki Davenport.
For morning worship, the pastor’s message was “The Coming King.” Diane Robertson had a reading, “God will make this trial a blessing.” Gary Davenport sang the song in the evening service. His message centered around the events between Palm Sunday and Easter morning. Tom and Robin Rost and Doris McFarland sang “Never Grow Old” and “O Come, Angel Band” for special music.
Plans for an open house at the Bennett Springs Christian Church camp have been rescheduled for Saturday, April 24. More details will be available later.
Women of the church are planning a Transforming Testimonies meeting Saturday, April 17 at 6 p.m. here at the church. All ladies in the area are invited. Personal testimonies will be by Cheryl Parrish and Angela Milligan, along with fellowship, snacks, door prizes and singing.
Revival services are being planned for April 25-30, here at Mt. Sinai at 6:30 p.m. each evening. Rev. Richard McGehee will be the evangelist.
Pleasant Hill United Methodist
It was a beautiful sunny Sunday morning. Pleasant Hill opened the service with Praise song "Open The Eyes of My Heart Lord". Kevin Stacey led the worship service. Pastor Wally's message titled "Behold Your King" Scripture reading John 12:12-16. The responsive reading was Psalm 118. It was a Blessing to have Tom & Connie Byrd at Church and their daughter Marla and She sang "Glory To Him Name" and Somebody Loves Me." Another Blessing to have Ron Dargel's sister Clella and His daughter and grand-daughter Chris and Scotney join Us today.
Now the Lord is that Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty. 2 Cor.3:17. Bible study will be this Wednesday at 7 PM, We will discuss Luke 24.
Please be in prayer for: Tom Byrd, Fred Replogle, Ron Dargel, David Smikle, The family of Betty Scott, The family of Floyd Carothers, The family of Linda Fern Heard, Dustin Redman, Butch Alcorn, Andi Nickole Replogle, Donna Burd, Bella Maillet, Sheila Hoggatt, David Compton, David Cornelison, Jan Smikle, Patsy Lummis, Morgan Green, Pat Smikle, Lewis Uchtman, Jason Hazaga, Rick Collins, Mark Mason, Steve Eggers, Lynn Smith, Shannon Collins, Madge Kennemer, the leaders of our nation and the men and women of the military.
St. Paul Lutheran
By Joanne Roberts
What a beautiful day for Palm Sunday! Scriptures today were Zechariah 9:9-12, Philippians 2:5-11 and Matthew 21:1-11. Opening hymn was “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna!”
John Bonham tried to recruit men to fight at the Alamo. No one wanted to go. He was tempted just to go home to Virginia, but, knowing certain death awaited in the battle for the Alamo, he returned there . There he lost his life.
The sermon, “Places of Passion: Bethphage” shows Jesus in much the same situation for he knew what awaited him in Jerusalem. Never-the-less, he mounted the donkey foal and rode into Jerusalem, being welcomed joyfully by huge crowds. These same crowds later screamed for his crucifixion. He could have turned back. He could have called upon a legion of angels to save him. He could have come down from that cross.
Why did Jesus go knowing the certainty of a horrible death on the cross? He had to be crucified to win victory over sin, death and the devil. Why? That was the only way to save you and me from our sins so that we could have eternal life with our Lord. God gave His only begotten Son for us! This is pure love!
Each of us can show our love in return by sharing Jesus, showing love to everyone and serving others. Alleluia! He is risen! He is risen indeed! Praise to God for His mercy! As the hymn says, “Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus”!
By Pastor Bob Holden
The Apostle John records the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ in chapters 11-21. The sacrifice Jesus made on the cross for all our sins, His victory over death and His resurrection can be found there. The events of Lazarus' death and his resurrection by Jesus put into motion His crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection.
Having heard the news that Lazarus was sick, Jesus left his place beyond the Jordan and went to Judea. As He neared the house of Mary, Martha and Lazarus, Martha greeted Him with the news that Lazarus had died and had laid in the tomb 4 days! "Jesus said to her, your brother will rise again". John 11:23. As a dear friend, believer and follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, Martha said, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?" John 11:23-26.
Martha said to Him, "Yes Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world". John 11:27. Jesus' comforting words to Mary and Martha bring comfort to all believers today, as do His words in John 5:25-29. Be encouraged this Easter season. Jesus is alive and coming again soon!