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Church News for Thursday, April 24

Published 8:24pm Thursday, April 24, 2014

Christ Independent Methodist Church

The good Lord blessed us on Easter Sunday with a perfect day. Our Sunday school hymns were “He Lives,” Because He Lives” and Alleluia.”

The Rev. Dr. Mac Stinson’s sermon title was “Easter: A Worldwide Celebration.” His scripture was John 20:1-9.

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” So Peter and John started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him, and true to his impulsive nature, went straight through the open door into the tomb. He saw the strips linen and the cloth that had once covered Jesus’ dead body, but the body was gone. The tomb was empty … they still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.”

No book in the New Testament has exerted more influence upon Christian thought and conduct than the Gospel according to John. Its profound spiritual truths are expressed in the simplest language. The author, while never naming himself, does claim to be an eyewitness and refers to himself as the disciple that Jesus loved (John 20:2; 21:7,20). The claim of having been an eyewitness is abundantly substantiated by the wealth of detail, which only an eyewitness could have contributed.

Continue to pray for the family of Horace’s sister, Mavis’ family and the family of Jimmy Northcutt in the loss of these two. Remember Bobby Varden and Mary Ann Carden.

Thank you to each person who placed an Easter lily in our sanctuary. The lilies added so much to the atmosphere of Easter Sunday and the memory of those who have passed on.

We will have a yard sale on June 7. The money raised from the sale will go to our Community Fund to help others in need. We will appreciate anything that you contribute for the sale. For more information, contact Michelle Lutza in Thorsby.

This past Friday night, we gathered in the church dining room for a Seder (Passover) meal. Following this meal that was specially prepared by Michelle Lutza and June Simms, we watched a movie titled “The Passion,” showing in great detail the trial and crucifixion of Jesus.

If you are visiting with us, we invite you to come back and worship with us as often as you please.

Have a blessed week.

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