Pastor's Note | Saturday, April 12th
Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!” (Mark 11.8-10)
This is how Mark records Jesus' entry into Jerusalem on what has become known as Palm Sunday. What an incredible scene that must have been, with those who journeyed with Jesus from Galilee all the way to Jerusalem, proclaiming Jesus as the Messiah!
We will remember this joyous day and join in the celebration heralding Jesus as King tomorrow morning at 9 & 10:45am. As we will see, this final week engaging God's Blogs - with the blog to Laodicea - has a number of striking similarities to Jesus entrance into and interaction with those in the Temple. You can download this week's sermon-based study guide on Revelation 3.14-22, or pick it up at the Welcome Kiosk tomorrow morning.
Here's the rest of our Holy Week schedule:
Wednesday, April 16th: No FLIPT or RUSH
Thursday, April 17th at 6pm: Maundy Thursday Dinner Drama, “A Tale of Two Sons” in Zirbel Hall
Friday, April 18th at 7pm: Good Friday gathering (childcare provided)
Sunday, April 20th: Classic Gathering with Choir at 9am and Modern Gathering with Choir at 10:45am
Easter Sunday, we are welcoming visitors with a copy of Malcolm Gladwell’s book “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants” and will invite them back for a four-week sermon series inspired by the book, starting Sunday, April 27th. Please e-mail me at if you're able to place books in gift bags this week!
A number of students and adults are leaving for Ensenada, Mexico tomorrow morning for a week of serving in love. Thank you for your generous giving to their trip and donations at The Open Table on Tuesday night. Please pray for a Spirit-filled week!
Lastly (but certainly not leastly!), this past week we concluded our search for a Modern Worship Leader, and are thrilled to announce that we've hired Eric Grasmeyer, who led the 10:45am gathering last Sunday, April 6th. Throughout the process, it has been clear that God was leading Eric and Good Shepherd to a partner together in ministry. I am so excited that he's agreed to join the team!
Eric grew up in the Long Beach area, and has led worship at Long Beach Christian Reformed, his home church, and, most recently, Hope Community Church, where his wife, Erin, grew up. He will start with us the first week of May, leading our 10:45am gathering Sunday, May 4th, and in the coming months will help lead worship at Student MInistry groups and FLIPT! I hope you will look forward to meeting both Eric and his wife Erin, as they join our family of faith!
See you tomorrow,