Day of Visitation
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: Jesus presented Himself God’s Promised King.
He was God’s King, so He sent for a colt.
He was God’s King, so He receives worship.
He was God’s King, so He rebuked protesters.
He was God’s King, so He declared it Himself.
Quick Review: Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
My Story: A famous song of a generation ago includes the lyrics “Jesus is just alright with me.” In what ways do you see friends, family members and neighbors remain neutral toward Jesus Christ?
1) It appears Jesus knew this first Palm Sunday was in fulfillment of prophecy. This explains how He secured a donkey, welcomed celebration and rebuked protesters. If this is so, how does it enhance the special meaning of the first Palm Sunday?
2) Jesus describes the first Palm Sunday as “this day” (v. 42) and as the “time of your visitation” (v. 44). Alva McClain believes this day was April 6, 32AD, in fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy of the seventy weeks (Daniel 9:24-7). If this is so, how does fulfilled prophecy strengthen your faith?
3) As Jesus drew near Jerusalem, He anticipated Israel’s rejection, and predicted the eventual destruction of Jerusalem in 70AD (v. 43-44). Even so, He wept (Luke 19:41). How do your emotions toward those who reject Christ compare to Jesus’ emotions?
Taking It Home: This week leading up to Easter may be described as “passion week” or “holy week” on the Christian calendar. Many people in our culture are interested in spiritual or Christian things. Who can you invite to Easter weekend services? What invitations can you make?
We would like to extend a special welcome to visitors and guests, and we invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. Please visit the welcome center to get church information and receive a special gift when you turn in a communication card.
FAMILY WEEKEND SERVICES
We are celebrating a Family Services Weekend on April 13/14, where we will be focusing on families during our regular services. Nursery is provided for infants and toddlers through age 2 – all other children are invited to attend service with their families. Our Children’s Director, Debbie Stewart will invite kids to the front for a short and interactive children’s sermon that will feature a Palm Sunday lesson. We are excited to have this special time of worship with families.
FAITH COMMITMENT PACKETS
For Palm Sunday weekend and Easter weekend services, our Faith Commitment packets will be available through our Prayer Support groups, at the back of the Celebration Center and in our media stands. If you have any questions regarding a faith commitment, please pick up one of these packets and feel free to contact us.
MOPS HOP 2019
Aspen Ridge MOPS is proud to host their annual MOPS Hop on Saturday, April 20. This family-friendly event will feature an Easter egg hunt (divided by age groups), “brunch with the bunny” and fun activities for all. The fun begins at 10:00 AM – invite your neighbors.
DV8 SERVICE PROJECT: WELCOME BUCKETS
We used up all of our welcome buckets meant for new neighbors moving in! So, our student ministries got together to make some more, and the new batch is now available! Please check in with the main office or with Pastor Kreg to get one for a new neighbor moving in near you.
PARENT/CHILD DEDICATION WEEKEND
We will be hosting a parent/child dedication on Mother’s Day weekend, May 11/12. Please contact the office before May 1 if you are interested in participating. This is a special way to publicly affirm your commitment before God and your church family to raise your child in the knowledge and admonition of the Lord.
Children’s Ministry is searching for special needs volunteers. This involves one-on-one care, to watch and to play with some of our great kids. This is an opportunity to serve once or twice a month. Please contact Debbie Stewart or Meredith Zouski with your interest.
DV8 DEPOSITS DUE
If you are interested in participating in the missions’ trip to Cabo San Lucas this summer, deposits are due by April 21. This trip is open to high school students and adults. If your high school/middle school student is interested in camp this summer, a $50 deposit is due by April 28 to Pastor Kreg.
BACK PORCH SIGN-UPS AVAILABLE
In the summertime, families host our combined weekly student meetings in their yard or home. If you are interested in being a host and feeding a bunch of hungry students, please reach out to Pastor Kreg. We meet on Thursdays from 6:00 – 9:00 PM all summer!
SOUND ENGINEER OPPORTUNITY
The sound engineer ministry provides quality audio services to the Aspen Ridge community to include service production, recording and technical support. No experience necessary, we will train you! If you have an ear for sound and are interested in this opportunity, please email [email protected] for more info.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER
Stop in this week for a hot meal – dinner is served at 5:30 PM on Wednesday nights. This week, we will be serving lasagna, bread, salad and dessert for $2.50/person or $10/family. All are welcome.
NEW UPCOMING SERIES: REVEALED!
General revelation is important to Christianity because it establishes common ground between God and all people. It demonstrates something of God’s love to all people. It becomes a subject from which we can have spiritual conversations. If it is true that up to 90% of our harvest field disconnects from the Christian church, then this is a way we share common ground and can build bridges toward our neighbor. In that spirit, we introduce to you this five-week series beginning on April 27/28.