SPC News / March 29, 2018

This Sunday is the second in our series:
The Majestic Identity of Christ as Prophet, Priest, and King

  • Easter Sunday, April 1st / Jesus Our Eternal Priest! / Hebrews 9:11-14, John 1:29
  • Easter Tide Sunday, April 8th / Jesus Our Trustworthy Prophet! / John 1:1, John 19:30

Listen to last Sunday’s Sermon:
Jesus Our Sovereign King! / Matt 21:1-10, Rev 1:5

Christ, Our Priest / A Devotional by Anthony Carter
As Priest, Jesus offered Himself as the sacrifice for all our sin. In the Old Testament, the high priest was the mediator between the holy God and His sinful people. As mediator, the high priest entered the Holy Place and offered a sacrifice to God on behalf of the people once a year on the Day of Atonement (Lev. 16:34). He sprinkled the blood of the sacrifice on the mercy seat “because of the uncleanness of the people of Israel and because of their transgressions, all their sins” (Lev. 16:16). This he did year after year after year. Christ, as our Mediator and High Priest, not only offered the sacrifice (once and for all), but He is the sacrifice. He is the Great High Priest AND the Spotless Lamb. Like the high priest of old, Christ entered the Holy Place, but unlike the high priest, He entered to offer Himself. He had to enter only one time, for He sprinkled His own blood on the mercy seat. As the writer of Hebrews reminds us:

But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. (Heb. 9:11–14)

Easter Sunday Services
Sunday, April 1st – Easter Sunday – 8:30, 9:45 & 11:15 AM Services
Nursery available during each service
9:45 AM Covenant Kids – ONLY
NO – ABF’s, Youth or Children’s Sunday School

Church Softball
Tuesday, April 3rd – Field #3 7:45 pm
Thursday, April 5th – Field #3 6:45 pm

Nominations for Elder and Deacon
All nominations for the office of Ruling Elder and Deacon are due in the church office by Sunday, April 8th.

South End Exit
Sunday, April 1st will be the first Sunday the south end exit into the Honda dealership will be opened for exiting only onto 17 Bypass South, following each of our services.

Retirement Celebration
On April 15th, we will celebrate the retirement of Pastor Riddle. There will only be two services on this Sunday – 9:15 am and 11:00 am. There will be a reception after each service for our members to share well wishes with Julian and Debbie and enjoy light refreshments. You are welcome to bring cards or gifts to shower them with your love if you wish but not required. Children’s program during each service with nursery also available.

Women’s Ministry Spring Conference
Ladies you are invited to attend our Spring Conference on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Surfside Presbyterian Church. Lisa Hellier will be the speaker, conference will begin at 9:30 am with registration and brunch. Please sign up on the Women’s Ministry bulletin board in the hallway.

Children’s Need for Easter
Beth Baxley is in need of a few craft helpers for this Easter Sunday during the 945-1045 service. Please email or call her if you are willing to lend a hand. 240-577-5373 or bbaxleyspc@gmail.com Thanks!

Tuesday Morning Retired Men’s Bible Study
Pastor Riddle’s Tuesday Morning Retired Men’s Bible Study will start back on Tuesday, April 3rd at 10:00 am.

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