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April 10, 2009

Join us this Easter Sunday at 9:30 or 11:00 as we celebrate the risen Christ!  Pastor will be speaking on John 20:1-18.  

Please bring a few fresh cut flowers to help decorate the cross out front as you come to worship.

There will be no breakfast served Sunday.

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The Absecon/Galloway Clergy Fellowship will hold their annual Sunrise Service at 7:00 a.m. in Heritage Park.  Rev. Mantelle Bradley of St. Mark and All Saints Episcopal Church will be speaking. 

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The church office will be closing today at noon and will reopen at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday.  Have a blessed Easter!

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Confirmation and adult membership classes will begin next Sunday.  Please see the pastor if you are interested in becoming a member of our congregation.

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Our 150th anniversary weekend is just 5 weeks away!  Joan Hoenes will have tickets for the May 16 gourmet dessert reception beginning Monday, April 13.  Also, be sure to RSVP for the Sunday, May 17, celebration dinner at Renault’s.  See Carol Thomas or Elaine Risley for details and information.

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Please remember in prayer ~

Carol Thomas – surgery next week

Earthquake victims

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It's Friday But...

It's Friday. Jesus is arrested in the garden where He was praying. But Sunday's coming.

It's Friday. The disciples are hiding and Peter's denying that he knows the Lord. But Sunday's coming.

It's Friday. Jesus is standing before the high priest of Israel, silent as a lamb before the slaughter. But Sunday's coming.

It's Friday. Jesus is beaten, mocked, and spit upon. But Sunday's coming.

It's Friday. Those Roman soldiers are flogging our Lord with a leather scourge that has bits of bones and glass and metal, tearing at his flesh. But Sunday's coming.

It's Friday. The Son of man stands firm as they press the crown of thorns down into his brow. But Sunday's coming.

It's Friday. See Him walking to Calvary, the blood dripping from His body. See the cross crashing down on His back as He stumbles beneath the load. It's Friday; but Sunday's a coming.

It's Friday. See those Roman soldiers driving the nails into the feet and hands of my Lord. Hear my Jesus cry, "Father, forgive them." It's Friday; but Sunday's coming.

It's Friday. Jesus is hanging on the cross, bloody and dying. But Sunday's coming.

It's Friday. The sky grows dark, the earth begins to tremble, and He who knew no sin became sin for us. Holy God who will not abide with sin pours out His wrath on that perfect sacrificial lamb who cries out, "My God, My God. Why hast thou forsaken me?" What a horrible cry. But Sunday's coming.

It's Friday. And at the moment of Jesus' death, the veil of the Temple that separates sinful man from Holy God was torn from the top to the bottom because Sunday's coming.

It's Friday. Jesus is hanging on the cross, heaven is weeping and hell is partying. But that's because it's Friday, and they don't know it, but Sunday's a coming.

And on that horrible day 2000 years ago, Jesus the Christ, the Lord of glory, the only begotten Son of God, the only perfect man died on the cross of Calvary. Satan thought that he had won the victory. Surely he had destroyed the Son of God. Finally he had disproved the prophecy God had uttered in the Garden and the one who was to crush his head had been destroyed. But that was Friday.

Now it's Sunday. And just about dawn on that first day of the week, there was a great earthquake. But that wasn't the only thing that was shaking because now it's Sunday. And the angel of the Lord is coming down out of heaven and rolling the stone away from the door of the tomb. Yes, it's Sunday, and the angel of the Lord is sitting on that stone and the guards posted at the tomb to keep the body from disappearing were shaking in their boots because it's Sunday, and the lamb that was silent before the slaughter is now the resurrected lion from the tribe of Judah, for He is not here, the angel says. He is risen indeed.

It's Sunday, and the crucified/resurrected Christ has defeated death, hell, sin and the grave. It's Sunday. And now everything has changed. It's the age of grace, God's grace poured out on all who would look to that crucified lamb of Calvary. Grace freely given to all who would believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross of Calvary was buried and rose again. All because it's Sunday.

It's Friday! But Sunday's a Coming!

By Tony Campolo

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This Week in Our Church . . .

Sunday            Alleluia!  He is Risen!

  7:00 Sunrise Service at Heritage Park

No Breakfast Served

  9:30 Sunday School & Worship

            10:45 Refreshments

            11:00 Worship & KFC

Monday           Office Closed

              1:15 Bible Study

              6:00 Senior Youth

              7:00 Sesquicentennial Committee


              7:00 Session


            11:30 Lunch Bunch to Mill Street Pub


              4:30 Lions & Lambs

              6:30 Handbell Choir Rehearsal

              7:45 Chancel Choir Rehearsal


              6:00 “Back to Mayberry”


              8:30 Doug Jablonski Men’s Fellowship

              6:00 Prime-Timers

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. - I Corinthians 13:7
The Presbyterian Church at Absecon
208 New Jersey Avenue
Absecon, New Jersey 08201