Elk Rapids Bible Church
“Where the UNCHANGING WORD
meets the needs of a CHANGING WORLD”
Pastor Gary Gladfelter 342-8663 or 264-6671
March 31, 2019
Will we trust the “Unseen” in 2019?
Worship in Introduction
“Mighty is Our God” - #48
Worship in Offering
Worship in Scripture – Psalm 96
Worship in Prayer
“There’s Something About That Name” - #83
Worship in Praise
“Majesty” - #10
“More Love to Thee” - #634
“How Deep the Father’s Love for Us”
“Near to the Heart of God” - #617
Closing – “Take My Life and Let it Be” - #597
Unsung Servant: Jeff Bergman for his faithfulness in standing in front of Planned Parenthood during the 40 Days for Life! Thank You!
Welcome to our services!
9:00 a.m. – Sunday School
10:00 a.m. – Morning Worship Service
Prayer Ministry Today: Richard
Next Week: Cheri
Junior Church Today: Jerica
Next Week: Kathy A
T H I S W E E K
Monday, April 1st – Ladies Crafting – 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm. Bring your favorite craft to work on.
Wednesday, April 3rd – Bible Study and Prayer Time – 6:30 pm – “The sweetest prayers God ever hears are the groans and sighs of those who have no hope in anything but His love.” --- Charles Spurgeon
Thursday, April 4th – Star Wars RPG – 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
Friday, April 5th – Pilgrim’s Progress - 7: 00 pm – A pre-release showing of a new animated version of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. A love offering will be taken after the viewing so that the film can be translated into other languages.
Mark your Calendar
Sunday, April 7th – Is our lunch Sunday. Will you make your plans to eat and fellowship with us? Also, during that time, we will have our Quarterly Business Meeting.
Monday, April 8th – Women’s Bible Study – 7:00 pm – “Discerning the Voice of God” with Priscilla Shirer.
What are your thoughts? Worship 9:30 am – 10:45 am
Bible Study and classes 11:00 am – 11:45 am
The total offering for last week was $1,600.79: Building Fund - $30.00; Daycare - $50.00; General Fund - $1,520.79.
Women’s Bible Study
Monday, March 25th
Through seven sessions, discover the root to clear
and daily communication with God – humble obedience.
Learn how surrender unlocks His many blessings intended
for us, centers us in His will, and helps us discern His voice in everyday life.
This study is open to women of all ages.
Please let Cheri know if you would like a book.
Monday, March 18th – 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Ladies Crafting – The ladies are working on lap quilts for Hospice and for Nepal.
Thursday, March 21st – Teen and Young Adults Star Wars RPG – 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm – in the Fellowship Hall
Monday, March 25th – Women’s Bible Study – 7:00 pm – “Discerning the Voice of God” with Priscilla Shirer. Through seven sessions, discover the root to clear and daily communication with God – humble obedience. Learn how surrender unlocks His many blessings intended for us, centers us in His will, and helps us discern His voice in everyday life. This study is open to women of all ages. Please let Cheri know if you would like a book.
The coronation of Christ with thorns was symbolic, and had great meaning in it, for, first, it was to Him a triumphal crown. Christ had fought with sin from the day when He first stood foot to foot with it in the wilderness up to the time when He entered Pilate’s hall, and He had conquered it. As a witness that He had gained the victory behold sin’s crown seized as a trophy! What was the crown of sin? Thorns. These sprang from the curse. “Also it shall produce for you thorns and thistles,” was the coronation of sin, and now Christ has taken away its crown, and put it on His own head. He has spoiled sin of its richest regalia, and He wears it Himself. Glorious Champion, all hail! What if I say that the thorns constituted a mural crown? Paradise was surrounded with a hedge of thorns so sharp that no one could enter it, but our Champion leaped first upon the bristling rampart, and bore the blood red banner of His cross into the heart of that better than Eden, which thus He won for us never to be lost again. Jesus wears the mural chaplet which denotes that He has opened Paradise. It was a wrestler’s crown He wore, for He did not wrestle with flesh and blood, but with principalities and powers, and He overthrew His foe. It was a racer’s crown He wore, for He had run with the mighty and outstripped them in the race. He had almost finished His course, and had only a step or two more to take to reach the goal. It was a crown rich with glory, despite the shame which was intended by it. --- Charles H. Spurgeon