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April 2, 2010

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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Holy Week schedule of services:

Maundy Thursday - 7:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church at Absecon

Good Friday - Noon at St Mark & All Saints Episcopal Church

Easter Sunrise - 7:00 a.m. at Heritage Park Gazebo

Easter Worship – 9:30 & 11:00 (Pastor will be speaking from John 20:1-18)

Please remember to bring some fresh cut flowers to decorate the cross in our front yard!

Our One Great Hour of Sharing offering will be received Sunday.  Please use the envelopes in your April Good News or one provided in the pew rack.

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The following events have been canceled for this Sunday:


Agape Luncheon


Spend the day with your family.  Happy Easter!

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The office will be closing at noon today (Good Friday) and will reopen Tuesday morning.

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The Deacons are looking for two personal folding shopping carts on wheels for the ladies in the School Street houses (one for each house).  See Carol Thomas if you have one you would like to donate. 

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It’s time for a new picture directory!  An Olan Mills photographer and a portrait consultant will be here on the dates listed below.  Sign-ups begin next Sunday in Madden Hall and will continue through May 9.  Check your calendars now and sign up early to get a convenient time for your sitting!  Any questions on sign-ups can be directed to Kris Jenoriki.

Thursday, May 21 – 2-9:30 p.m.

Friday, May 22 – 9:30 a.m. – 5:20 p.m.

Tuesday, June 8 – 2-9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 9 – 2-9:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 24 – 2-9:30 p.m. 

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Please remember in prayer ~

Eddie Haldeman – moved temporarily to Philadelphia

Jack Cobb & Kendal McBrearty – to wed in our church April 17

Family of Ed Staveckas

Tom Lavin and John Griffis (men in Bakely House)

Melissa Dischert – loss of father

Traveling mercies for those going to Northern Ireland

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This Week in Our Church . . .

Sunday            Easter

              7:00 Sunrise Service at Heritage Park Gazebo        

              9:30 Sunday School & Worship

            10:45 Refreshments

            11:00 Worship

              7:00 “Walk as Jesus Walked” Study

Monday           Office Closed

              1:30 Bible Study

              7:00 Trustees


              3:00 Northern Ireland Trip Leaves


              1:00 Cemetery Committee


              9:00 PB & J

            12:00 Serve at Sister Jean’s   



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