SERVICES FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL HAVE BEEN CANCELLED ALONG WITH ALL CHURCH EVENTS DURING THE WEEK. STAY SAFE!
*D E V O T I O N A L*
A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of them and those that followed shouted,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”
“Hosanna in the highest!”
When Jesus entered Jerusalem the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”
The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.” (Matt. 21:8-11)
*NO SOCIAL DISTANCING ON PALM SUNDAY
BUT PLENTY OF IT BY THE END OF HOLY WEEK*
When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that happened, they were terrified and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”
Many women were there watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. (Matt. 27:54, 55)
There was no “social distancing” when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey on that original Palm Sunday so long ago. The crowds were there! By the end of “Holy Week”, there was a different mood among the people who were then practicing social distancing.
When we read Matthew 27:54-66 we encounter the Roman soldier who helped nail Jesus to the cross. In verse 54 the soldier recognized Jesus as the Son of God and said so, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” That soldier was the last person we would expect to draw that conclusion.
Yet God works in mysterious ways at the crucifixion and even in this dark gloomy COVID-19 pandemic. Things happen and we clearly sense the presence of God among us. It may be in these times when we escape from danger; or in quiet moments when we experience a sense of awe and peace that God will bring the victory through the resurrection.
Every day of our lives is a reminder of the hope, peace, strength and joy that there is victory in Jesus!
Keep the faith! Stay the course! Don’t give up hope!
On Good Friday remember that “It’s Friday, but Sunday is a-coming!”
1) All worship services and church gatherings are cancelled for the month of April, 2020. Please read the Pastor’s weekly inspirational Bible devotionals.
2) Tithes and contributions to support God’s church are appreciated and may be sent to: Slatington Baptist Church 509 Main Street Slatington PA 18080
3) Please pray at all times that you are able and especially each Sunday morning at 11am when we are unable to physically join together. Here is a repeat of the suggested list to focus upon in prayer:
· Pray for those infected by the coronavirus around the world.
· Pray with gratitude for those who care for them.
· Pray with gratitude for health specialists and authorities who are combating the spread of infection.
· Pray for government officials and leaders to have the wisdom necessary to make wise and informed decisions out of care for the public good, particularly to those most vulnerable.
. Pray for heartfelt repentance.
· Pray for all who at this time are feeling anxious.
. Pray for faith and peace and God’s mercy.
4) Because of the generosity of caring Christians we have met our 250 green bean challenge for the NL Food Bank client Easter dinners.
Stay safe. Stay well. God have you in His keeping; Jesus is Lord!
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Organized in 1859 as the Williamstown Baptist Mission in a schoolhouse outside of Slatington, our congregation moved to West Church Street Slatington in 1891. We soon outgrew that facility and in 1899 acquired the tract of land where our church presently stands.
On Sunday, June 3, 1900, the first public worship services were held in our church building at 509 Main Street where we worship today.
ALL ARE WELCOME
Our congregation extends a warm and friendly welcome to all who seek a relationship with our Lord.
Join us Sundays at 10:45 am for
Lord's Day Worship!
Rev. James W. LeVan, Pastor
509 Main Street, Slatington, PA 18080