20 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." 3 So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. 4 Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, 7 and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus'[a] head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9 for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples went back to their homes.11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. 13 They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him." 14 Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?" Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away." 16 Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned and said to him in Aramaic,[b] "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, "Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, 'I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'" 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord"—and that he had said these things to her.
Yeah right..... Have you ever heard such a far-fetched story? No one rises from the dead. We have plenty of ghost stories and zombie stories, but that's all they are.... stories. This one, as far-fetched and unbelievable as it is, is TRUE.
How do we know it's true? There are two things:
1. The stone was rolled away and his body was gone. This was in spite of the fact that there were guards there guarding it, and hat it was sealed. The stone would have taken at least two and probably more people to roll it away, and none of the disciples ever said they did it. They were too scared. No one was able to produce a dead, decaying body, because it wasn't decaying or dead. His body was alive!
2. He appeared to many people over a period of forty days before his ascension, and then appeared to Paul, an enemy of Jesus, afterward. He appeared to men and women, friends and foes. He walked, talked, prayed, and ate with them.
The truth is impossible to deny. Jesus is alive! Trust it! Know it! Believe it! Live it!
Prayer: Lord, you have shown us, beyond a doubt, that you are alive! Show your power to us again this Holy Week as you convince us of Your love, forgiveness, and peace over and over again until the day you return to judge the living and the dead and restore your kingdom to what it should be. Amen.
Wed- Choir practice 7pm
Thurs- Maundy Thursday worship 6:30
Fri- Assemble Newsletter 9am; Good Friday worship 6:30
Sat- Set up for Easter breakfast and set up tomb upstairs 8am; NO WORSHIP
Sun- Sunrise Worship 6:30am; Breakfast 7:30; Egg Hunt 9; Worship 10
Acolyte- Thurs- John Pezold; Fri- Dawn Sherman Sun- 6:30- Gus Klaustermeier 10- Hailey Blechle
Ushers- Thurs- George, Gary, and Ben Hoelscher; Fri- Marv Hendershot, Don Luebke, Dave Callies, Don Nolte
Sun- 6:30 AM Alan Hofeldt, Tim Linke, Rich Talbert Don Turnure; 11AM Don Hance, Rich Boeger, Doug Walters, Don Tate
Altar- Thurs- Set up Cheri Hofeldt; Clean up- Terry McKenzie; Fri Set up Terry McKenzie; Sun- Set up- Linda Callies, Clean Up- Lois Boeger
Elders- Thurs- ALL ELDERS SHOULD BE THERE; Sun- 6:30- Jason Cluver, 10- Jim Rahn
Greeters- 6:30- Rich and Peggy Talbert; 10- Marv and Molly Hendershot
Lay Readers- 6:30- Tim Linke; 10- Jim Rahn
Organist- All Week- Rachel Fisher
Projectionists: Thurs- Jacob Winn Fri- Terry McKenzie 6:30- Terry McKenzie 10- Jacob Cluver
YESTERDAY'S BIBLE QUIZ: Name two of Ruth's most famous descendant?
From Pat King (She sure is clever and funny)
Thanks to Don Nolte for a reasonable and concise answer (David and Jesus)
Above please find the information concerning the funeral for our Father, John Sherod, who died on Friday 3/18/16 (just 3 days before his 89th birthday). He passed away peacefully.
Please pass on the information to the good folks there at St. John's. Mom and Dad both enjoyed their years as parishioners there at St. JOHN'S.
If anyone wants to reach out to the Family they can contact me, since I am the oldest son.
Here's the schedule:
Thurs noon- stop eating and meet at Aldi parking lot to clean up highway 47
Thurs 6:30- worship
Thurs 8- lock in begins
Fri 8am- lock in ends
Fri 6pm- Famine ends
Fri 8pm- those who participate in the Famine gather for a feast at a place tbd.
Bring stuff to have fun! NO FOOD!
Our devotion times will be based on the Passion of Christ.
If you'd like to participate please reply to this text asap!
Join us as a vendor inside, have a tag sale on the parking lot, or craft items for sale. Outside spaces are available for $10 for a double parking spot.
Vendor spots are being held for: Tupperware, Origami Owl, Pampered Chef, Scentsy, 18" doll clothes by PJ'S Patterns, Perfectly Posh, Paparazzi, Damsel in Distress, It Works Global, Mary Kay, Norwex, Tastefully Simple, Pink Zebra, Lilla Rose, Usborne Books & More, Cindy Rust handmade Jewelry, Avon, Park Lane, scroll saw art, Young Living Essential oils, Amy Flores Handmade Jewelry and custom / personalized key chains. More to come...