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arch has come in roaring like a lion. We've gotten our fair share of rain and we've seen the first signs of spring in our gardens. I'm reminded of a quote from Martin Luther, 15th
century theologian and the author of the Protestant Reformation. He wrote, Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.
Easter comes early this year, much like our spring weather. There are many opportunities to gather, grow, give and go during this month. Please take a moment and catch up with all that's planned for you at FBC.
Much like the saying In like a lion, out like a lamb, well share the Easter story together on the last week of March as we consider Jesus who was like a lamb led to the slaughter for our sins. And in this Paschal season, we can rejoice together over that Lamb crucified because he is no longer dead but is risen. So we shout together, Christ is risen, the Lord is risen today!
We have a special time of worship planned on Wednesday, March 23 at 6 pm as we celebrate the ordinance of the Lords Supper with great music and worship led by our Celebration Choir and orchestra as well as our Kids Choir. This will be a special service you won't want to miss!
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LO R D SS U P P E R
CO M M I T T E EB Y C O U R T N E Y D U E I T T
he observance of Communion, or, as we more commonly refer to it, The Lords Supper, is one of the most tangible applications of the Gospel that we participate in collectively as the body of Christ. It is a special time that asks us to
reflect on who Jesus is and on the ultimate sacrifice that He made for each and every one of us. However, this symbolic ceremony requires a lot of preparation that goes beyond us individually preparing our hearts to partake in this reminder of Gods ultimate gift. Thankfully, we have a group of church members who serve on The Lords Supper Committee who work vigorously behind the scenes to make sure that this is always a smooth, successful, and reverent affair. One of those six members is Holly Fron who has served on this committee for almost three years, and here is some of what she had to say about the committees role in this event and her personal reasons for choosing to serve in this capacity.
How did you come to be a member of this committee?
A few Sundays ago, Pastor Chip preached a sermon on how we are to give of ourselves by serving in the church. I've always enjoyed serving in more "background" roles rather than being front and center. I was asked to be on this committee and I knew it was a way I could serve our church and ministry staff in a way that would honor the Lord. Just as Pastor Chip said in his sermon, when we're asked to serve in some way, we shouldn't hesitate to recognize it as the Lord's calling. We are all called to serve! So when we are given opportunities, we shouldn't search for excuses. In a very similar way, when I was asked to serve on this committee, I knew it was God leading me to do this. I went forth in obedience and said yes.
What does a typical Lord's Supper Sunday
entail for a committee member?
The committee meets just before the Sunday of the Lord's Supper, usually the Saturday morning beforehand. We fill the cups and the bread trays. Then we place the trays in the sanctuary and
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make sure both services have enough cups and bread for everyone, so that means that between services, we refill the trays and make sure everything is prepared for the second service. After all services on Sunday, we clean up.
How has the Lord worked in your life through this ministry?
I have truly enjoyed serving on this committee. I grew up in the church (daughter of a Southern Baptist pastor and missionaries), so I've always known about the Lord's Supper. Serving on this committee has given me a whole different perspective of it, though. As we prepare the trays, it helps me to also prepare my heart for the reverent observance of the Lord's Supper. Before coming to the table, we are to ready our hearts by confessing our sins and acknowledging that Christ is Lord of our lives. Preparing the Supper reminds me to do this. It reminds me how holy the observance of the Lord's Supper is and of the sacrifice that Christ made for me.
What would you say to others who might
consider joining this ministry?
It is a great way to serve and support our church and ministry staff. As a pastor's daughter, I know how much our ministers carry on their shoulders. They have so many responsibilities and this is one responsibility that the committee can help carry for them. I enjoy supporting our ministers in this fashion. And, as I mentioned before, it is a great way to serve "behind the scenes." So if you feel the Lord leading you to serve, but you don't want to be "front and center stage," consider joining the Lord's Supper committee. The "behind the scenes" roles are just as important as the "front and center" ones!
Next time we have the opportunity of coming before the Lord and partaking in The Lords Supper, be sure that you take a moment to thank God for his faithful servants whose efforts make this observance possible for such a large congregation, and if youre looking for a place to serve, perhaps this could be just the ministry for you!
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Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth was written by Dr. Reza Aslan, professor of creative writing at the University of California in Riverside with degrees in Religious Studies, Theological Studies (Harvard University) and a PhD in Sociology of Religions from UC Santa Barbara.
Dr. Aslan purports to uncover the historical Jesus of Nazareth from the myths that were built around Him in the decades that followed His death. After dismissing the gospel narratives describing the birth of Jesus as fiction, he describes Jesus as a social heretic who was found guilty of sedition against the government and crucified. He claims that most of the gospel story of Jesus the Christ was concocted by His followers in the years following His death. After this so called "rebellious movement" led by Jesus was quashed by His death by crucifixion, Aslan writes that his followers needed to create something new about Jesus
Precisely because the resurrection claim was so preposterous and unique, an entirely new edifice needed to be constructed to replace the one that had crumbled in the shadow of the cross. The resurrection stories in the gospels were created to do just that (Reza Aslan, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth)
Aslan goes on to write that His followers had to answer basic questions about a supposed resurrection and began to add details to the story to answer critics who denied the claim. Jesuss body was stolen? How so, when Matthew has conveniently placed armed guards at his tomb Again, these stories are not meant to be accounts of historical events; they are carefully crafted rebuttals Aslan writes to remove all deity from the man Jesus. He says Jesus is an influential historical figure but no more than that.
An authentic Christ Follower may read this short description of Aslans book and dismiss it. A Christ Follower has faith in the resurrection. Its not a story continued by first and second century social rebels but the truth of Gods Word. However, thousands and thousands of people have read Aslans book. It was named one of the best books of the year by Good Housekeeping. It was #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list and has been translated into twenty-eight languages. His particular version of the historical Jesus spread like wildfire.
People are always interested in the truth.