Easter Sunday - "He is Risen"
Todays service was in celebration of the rising from the dead of Jesus
The service started with Terry presenting his famous bag and inviting the little people to come forward and guess what was in the bag.... with a bunch of flowers popping out of the bag, everyone expected the first guess to be "flowers" but instead they chose chocolates as their choice....maybe Easter Eggs could have had something to do with it !
Terry put his hand into the bag and pulled out a large Easter egg in a box.
Expecting to have some description of what Easter Eggs were all about, there was a surprise announcement....It was the birthday of a long standing member of the church....
It was Dessie's birthday that day.... The entire congregation stood and sang "Happy Birthday" to him as he was presented with the chocolate egg.
Terry then asked what else was in the bag, and the children followed with "flowers".
Terry pulled a bunch of flowers out of the bag and said that he wanted them to go to someone that works extremely hard for the church and who has not been well recently and unfortunately had again fallen foul of a virus and was not in church. That was Emily Kearon , our Clerk and senior elder. Terry presented the flowers to Brian and asked him to wish her well and send all of our love and prayers.
Next guess on "What else is in the bag ?" got answers of "Easter eggs" to which Terry produced a bag of Easter Eggs and shared them among the young attendees ( with the permission of the parents - naturally ) .
The message here was that it was a time to share a great message that "Jesus has risen and that He lives again to save us "
Final question was "A Rock" as they peered into the bag.
The significance of the Rock was that it had been a large rock that was rolled away from the front of the tomb where Jesus was buried in to reveal that Jesus had risen and had gone to His father.
We sang a hymn called "He is Lord" .
The children then left to go to Sunday class and Terry proceeded to the service which was from Matthew 28: 1-24
Rev Gary McDowell opened the service with all the young folk at the front of the church.
He asked them if they knew what today was ?
It was mothers day !
Gary asked them what they did for their moms for Mothers day ?
They answered that they had made cards, bought them some sweets....
Then Gary asked them what their mothers did for them ?
The answer was a unanimous "Everything" " taker them to school, for haircuts, to sports games, fixed their meals, repaired their clothes, helped them with homework"
He then asked them who else looked after everything that we need, every day, and everywhere ?
How much did God love us, how wide was his love,
How deep was his love how limited was his love for us ?
Un-ending, immeasurable and everywhere, forever.
The hymn for today with all singing along
Aleida opened the service with a prayer and asked Tara to do the reading
Aleida had asked a question prior to the service:
"What do we have in common with sheep and what can we learn from them ?"
Her answers were thought provoking.
Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He knows His sheep ( God's people). He leads his sheep through the words of the bible, through things we read and hear, through the words of trusted friends and family and through His still small voice in our hearts. He also died for His sheep to take the punishment for their sins.
The sheep know the shepherds voice, the recognise it, respond to it and obey it. The sheep follow where the shepherd leads and so find good pasture.
How do we respond to the Good Shepherd Jesus? Do we know His voice and obey it? Do we follow where He leads us? Do we acknowledge His death on the cross and accept the forgiveness for our sins that He won? Have we entered into the new life that He offers us, an abundant life, with trials no doubt, but with the assurance of His presence, care, provision, protection, guidance and love?
Jesus is the Good shepherd. Are you one of His sheep?
The sermon was by Rev Alistair Bill
The opening message was directed to the little folk and the question that was asked was:
"What is the Church ?
Alistair asked the children what the church was made up of ?
Answers were "Walls" , "Roof","Windows" , "Floor", "Doors"
Alistair then went on to say that although these provided the physical aspects of the church building, the more important part of a church is the people of the church.
Alistair also said that the church did not belong to any person, be he the minister or any other member of the church. The church belonged only to God.
Alistair led the prayers and then after the children left to go to Sunday school he went on to provide a sermon, based on Ephesians 3 - 14:21
There were also some fond memories of Alistair's time spent at Arklow Presbyterian Church up to 1988.
Here is the then and now picture !
Sunday 17th February 2019 service was
by Rev Terry Price
A sermon on FAITH and what it means to have faith !
Presented by Aleida Van Der Flier
Reading by Deon Theron
Music by Alison Crammond
Sound by Marcus Crammond
Thanks for your commitment to our church !
10th February 2019 - Aleida
This upcoming Sunday we will have Aleida presenting the sermon.
And...we have some more questions for you to think about and find some answers to......
To start with, Aleida has challenged us to ask
"What is Faith ?"
And...we have another question for you to think about and find some answers to
What do Jairus a synagogue ruler and an unnamed sick woman have in common ?
Well, come along on Sunday at 10 o clock and find out the answers !
Img c/o Inspired Fountain