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April 22, 2011

“Your only son, no sin to hide, but you have sent him from your side, to walk upon this guilty sod, and to become the Lamb of God. O Lamb of God, sweet Lamb of God, I love the holy Lamb of God! O wash me in his precious blood – my Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God.” ~ by Twila Paris (Hymn 281)

As we stand before the empty tomb may our hearts be filled with the joy of Easter. Hallelujah, Christ is victorious!

Easter worship opportunities

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

Worship & Sunday School - 9:30 a.m.

Worship - 11:00 a.m.

 

Pastor will be speaking from Luke 24:1-15 at Sunrise and Matthew 28:1-20 at 9:30 and 11:00.

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The One Great Hour of Sharing offering will be received this Sunday. Please give generously.

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The Cobbs will be leaving for a week’s vacation Monday. We wish them a good and restful time. Our speaker next Sunday at both services will be Rev. Henk Vigeveno. Henk served as pastor of our church from 1950-1959.

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

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Please remember in prayer ~

Don Mills – recovering at home

Pat Castle

Family of Jill Williamson

Joanna Howell – death in the family

Warren Smith

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How Does the Resurrection Affect Your Life?

Father Basil Pennington, a Roman Catholic monk, tells of an encounter he once had with a teacher of Zen. Pennington was at a retreat. As part of the retreat, each person met privately with this Zen teacher. Pennington says that at his meeting the Zen teacher sat there before him smiling from ear to ear and rocking gleefully back and forth. Finally the teacher said: “I like Christianity. But I would not like Christianity without the resurrection. I want to see your resurrection!”

Pennington notes that, “With his directness, the teacher was saying what everyone else implicitly says to Christians: You are a Christian. You are risen with Christ. Show me (what this means for you in your life) and I will believe.” That is how people know if the resurrection is true or not. Does it affect how we live?

The amazing thing is that every one of Jesus’ disciples passed this test. Their lives were dramatically turned upside down by their encounter with Christ. How would you ever make something like this up and stick to it when stones were piercing your flesh as did Stephen, the first Christian martyr? Or as you were being crucified upside down like Simon Peter? It is hard to dispute the testimony of someone who is so convinced of what they have experienced that they are willing to suffer and die to tell the story.

Adapted by Marilyn Omernick

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This Week in Our Church . . .

Sunday

7:00 Easter Sunrise Service

9:30 Sunday School & Worship

10:45 Refreshments

11:00 Worship

Monday Office Closed

Tuesday

Wednesday

1-9 p.m. Absecon School Board Elections in Madden Hall

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

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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
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