Elk Rapids Bible Church
“Where the UNCHANGING WORD
meets the needs of a CHANGING WORLD”
Pastor Gary Gladfelter 342-8663 or 264-6671
March 10, 2019
Will we trust the “Unseen” in 2019?
Worship in Introduction
“Mighty is Our God” - #48
Worship in Offering
Worship in Scripture – Luke 24:13 - 27
Worship in Prayer and Meditation
“Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus” - #581
Worship in Praise
“When We All Get to Heaven” - #772
“What a Day That Will Be” - #762
“Worthy of Worship” - #153
“Here I Am to Worship”
Closing – “More About Jesus” - #560
Unsung Servants: All those who brought food for last week’s luncheon. Thank you to all who contributed so faithfully!
Welcome to our services!
9:00 a.m. – Sunday School
10:00 a.m. – Morning Worship Service
Prayer Ministry Today: Kathy A and George
Next Week: Tom
Junior Church Today: Shonda
Next Week: Wendy
Today, after the morning service, if you want to view Pilgrim’s Progress in its entirety, we will be showing it again!
T H I S W E E K
Monday, March 11th – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm AND 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Ladies Crafting.
Monday, March 11th – 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Prayer Service for 40 Days for Life at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 402 West 9th Street in Traverse City, MI 49684.
Wednesday, March 13th – Bible Study and Prayer Time – 6:30 pm – “Grow flowers of gratitude in the soil of prayer.” --- Verbena Woords
For a few weeks in the Sunday School hour we will be viewing some of the Ray Vanderlan videos filmed in the Holy Lands, and doing the studies associated with them.
The total offering for last week was $2,121.14: Building Fund - $30.00; Deacon’s Fund - $119.00; and General Fund - $1,900.14.
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