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Easter Week

Scriptures and Thoughts

 

   As we approach Easter, the Lord is leading us to a intentional time of unity as we contend for a coming revival and seek more of the Lord, together. This is why we are encouraging you to set aside personal times of prayer, worship, and reflection throughout Holy Week.

 

   Holy Week, or Passion Week, is the week between Palm Sunday and Resurrection Sunday, and has been celebrated by the global Church for 2,000 years. It is a time of reflecting upon and experiencing a deeper revelation of Christ’s work on the Cross. As the week journeys from Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem on a donkey, all the way to His resurrection from the grave, we are invited to see the divine strategy that God set in motion to restore humanity to Himself and the cost that Christ bore to accomplish it.

 

   Take this time to deeply engage with God as we remember and rejoice in the most important moments in history—the self-giving love of the Servant, Suffering, and Glorified King.  During this Holy Week we will focus on the events that are based on the timeline of Jesus’ journey to Calvary and to Resurrection. 

 

Palm Sunday

Luke 19:28-40; Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

‍ The Servant King is temporarily received with joy as the Messiah.

 

   On Palm Sunday morning we celebrate the Coming of Jesus into our midst. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of what should be a great week of worship in the church and provides us with seven days of prayer, Scripture reading, mediation, and spiritual preparation. This is a day of coronation as we proclaim the King and the kingdom

 

   We are worshiping the King and at the same time remembering the back room intrigue that would lead to Jesus' crucifixion. Take time to praise and remember back over the year and think how Jesus has come into your daily life and share a testimony of His goodness and grace with someone.

 

Monday

Read and Meditate on these Scriptures

Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 36:5-10; Heb. 9:11--15; John 12:1-11

   The King’s zealous desire for a holy House of Prayer where the nations may seek God.

 

Tuesday

Read and Meditate on these Scriptures

Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 71:1-14;  1Cor. 1:18-31; John 12:20-36

   The sign of the withered fig tree proclaims God’s desire for a fruitful and faith-filled people under the Messiah’s reign.

 

Wednesday

Read and Meditate on these Scriptures

Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 70 Heb. 12:1-3; John 13:21-32

   Mary extravagantly worships the King by anointing Him in preparation for His death

 

The Great Triduum (Three Days)

   We are going ot celebrate the next three days as one continuous act of worship. These days are a celebration of one event, unique and unrepeatable, that is eternally present in the people of faith. This event is the Passover of Jesus from death to life which is known as the Passover mystery.

 

   The passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus are not three separate events, but one event, happening over three days. Although each element includes the remembrance of a past event, the emphasis falls not on historical happenings but on present reality.

 

   We encourage you to remember what happened on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday and Saturday. These events are not optional extras for the very devout, but essential elements of the entire event, without which the celebration of Easter is incomplete.

 

   The celebration of the Lord's Supper on Maundy Thursday, is a reminder of the risen Lord who serves us.  When we hear the Passion according to John and spend time in praise and worship it is the risen Christ who receives our adoration.  When we announce the Resurrection on Easter morning, it is Jesus Christ, risen once and for all, whom we proclaim:     "Christ being raised from the dead will never die again, death no longer has dominion over him." Rom. 6:9.

We celebrate from the perspective of this irreversible act.

 

Maundy Thursday  

Read and Meditate on these Scriptures

Exodus 12:1-14; Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 1Cor. 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 21-35

   The King serves His disciples by washing their feet, inaugurates the new covenant with the communion meal, and cries out to the Father in anguish in Gethsemane.   

   Here we give thanks for the Lord’s supper. This is to remember His death and resurrection.

 

Good Friday 

Read and Meditate on these Scriptures

Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 22 Heb. 10:16-25; John 18:1-19:42

   The substitutionary sacrificial suffering and death of the King for us all.

   This is a day to focus on the exchange. The passion and death of the Lord is an act of ultimate exchange between you and your Savior. “He became sin that we might become righteous.” 2 Cor 5:21

 

Saturday

Read and Meditate on these Scriptures

Job 14:1-14; Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16 1Peter 4:1-8; John 19:38-42

   Remembering the original disciples' despair in contrast to the later generation’s confident anticipation of Sunday's victory.

 

   Take time to pray remembering the meaning of the death and resurrection of Jesus for you. Allow the weight of Jesus' death to grip your heart. Conclude the day thinking of God's grace and mercy toward you.


Easter Sunday

Read and Meditate on these Scriptures

Acts 10:34-43; Isaiah 65:17-25 1Cor. 15:19-26; John 20:1-18

    Resurrection—the Glorified King defeats death and the fear of death.

    This time of quietness before the risen Lord is to give you assurance that He is alive and victorious!          He is Lord over all.

 

Easter Morning Breakfast Brunch

(9:30 am)

 

     Join together with the members of the Body in fellowship this morning. Think about the "first breakfast" after the resurrection when Jesus prepared a meal for the disciples.

 

Easter Morning Worship 

(10:30 am)

 

     This will be a service filled with the celebration of His resurrection. We will share in singing, worship, drama, special music, preaching on “The Crown” from Pastor Mehring and a great time of rejoicing together.

 

 

Come and Celebrate Him!     

Let us — Crown Him with many Crowns!

 

Oh, Hallelujah! Jesus is Risen!

He is Risen Indeed!

 

 

 

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Bethel invites us to…

   Come and engage with the most important story ever told—the Gospel of the Servant, Suffering, Glorified King.

 

    Throughout this week, we will honor our King through times of prayer, worship, communion, and more.  As a part of our Global community, we’d love to have you join us for these times of morning prayer, which you can do via Zoom by signing up for a free account at Bethel.TV. Once you have done this, you'll receive emails that include the link for each day's Online Church prayer gathering, along with a daily encouraging word from Bethel leaders.

     We would also love for you to join us for our Good Friday service, which is streaming via Bethel.TV at 6:00pm PT, and will include worship, communion, and Scripture readings.
We'd love for you to join us for this time of reflection.  

                                     

Blessings!

 

 

 


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