Disciples Voice – April, May Edition ; Baby Shower, Holy Week, Guest Speakers, Movie Night and more…
Good Friday Service April 19th
CCC is honored to host this year’s District 12 Good Friday service, welcoming sister congregations, their choirs, clergy, and our regional elder as participants. Come worship and recall the night of Jesus’ crucifixion as we hear meditations upon his “7 Last Words” from the cross, and share fellowship after the service.
- 1st Word Luke 23:34 “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
- 2nd Word Luke 23:43 “Truly, I tell you, today you’ll be with me in Paradise.”
- 3rd Word John 19:26-27 “Woman, behold your son! Behold your mother!”
- 4th Word Matthew 27:46 “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
- 5th Word John 19:28 “I thirst.”
- 6th Word Luke 23:46 “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!”
- 7th Word John 19:30 “It is finished.”
Our speakers are the Revs:
- Nik Donges, First Christian Church of Middletown
- Beckie Linn Gregory, Mt. Healthy CC
- Karakay Kovaly, Carthage CC
- Anna Hope Curwood, Anderson Hills CC
- Cheryl Coggins, Promise Fulfilled Ministries
- Thomas Barnes, Kemper Road CC
- Michael Harris, Body Of Christ CC.
Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things…When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. Heb 1:1-3
Holy Week approaches and the high drama of Jesus’ identity and destiny comes into high relief. The question “Who do people say that I am?” is now on the lips of onlookers waving palm branches. It’s asked by a Pharisee observing a sinful woman anoint Jesus at dinner, by moneychangers in the temple, and by Judas. It’s pondered by disciples over a basin and towel, bread and cup. Pilate, Herod, and religious leaders wonder, as do the crowds leading to Golgotha. So do Barabbas and Simon of Cyrene, crucified thieves to his left and right, and Roman soldiers that nail him to the cross and pierce his side.
Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea muse as they bury him, as do guards at his tomb, and Mary Magdalene and the other women Easter morning. It’s puzzled over by Peter and John, by Thomas and Cleopas, by the 11 in the upper room and Paul on the Damascus road. It’s a question disciples ponder today entering Holy Week.
While no single response will suffice, the Church has offered a three-fold answer: that Jesus is prophet, priest, and king. Each of these offices in Israel was signified by anointing and alluded to in the verses above.
As a Prophet, Jesus is contrasted with those who came before him. While God “once spoke” indirectly through prophetic intermediaries, now God speaks directly through Jesus. We don’t get God’s messenger, we get God’s Son. As the incarnate Word he speaks and teaches God’s will and is the source of revelation. His teachings enlighten us, reveal God to humanity, and continue God’s work into the future. Where do his teachings in Holy Week surprise, shock, puzzle, or scandalize us? How is he calling us to be more zealous students of his?
As a Priest, Jesus “made purification for sins” and his superiority as the high priest after the order of Melchizedek is unpacked through the rest of Hebrews. He represents humanity before God, joins us in our human weakness to give strength to overcome, offers prayers to God, and chooses obedience through suffering. As the High Priest he’s simultaneously the final sacrifice for humanity, the temple, and the recipient. How do his actions in Holy Week demonstrate that priestly ministry? Where is he calling us to be sacrificial intercessors for others?
As a King, Jesus is “appointed the heir of all things” and “sits at God’s right hand.” He not only reigns over the Church but over the world. His sovereignty was demonstrated Easter morning as he broke the power of sin and death. That victory continued with his Ascension where all things were put under his feet, and will conclude at his Second Coming. How do Holy Week’s events conceal and reveal his sovereignty? How is he calling us to be more loyal subjects of his kingdom?
First Friday Female Fellowship:
This event will be hosted by Mairi H. and will be held at Indian Spice Train – You can request all levels of spice (or not spicy at all).
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