April 2020 Program Summaries
April 5, 2020 – Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion
Psalm 118:19-29; John 12:12-19; Matthew 27:11-66
“Palms to Passion” - Sermon Text: Philippians 2:8b - Rev. Shayne Jonker
Holy Week begins on the road from Jericho to Jerusalem. Jesus procures a donkey and His disciples hail Him with palm branches. They make a royal highway for Him with their coats and shout, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” The mood, however, shifts quickly from palms to passion, from triumph to crucifixion. This is no ordinary King. He dies for His people and kingdom. Never has the world seen such a King as this one.
April 12, 2020 – The Resurrection of Our Lord/Easter Day
Psalm 16; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; John 20:1-18
“Tears of Joy” - Sermon Text: John 20:1-18 - Rev. Paul Shoemaker
When a military mother is unexpectedly greeted by her child returning from deployment, the shock is overwhelming, and she may burst into tears of joy. Mary’s tears of sorrow changed into tears of joy when she saw the risen Savior.
April 19, 2020 – Second Sunday of Easter
Psalm 148; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31
“A Genuinely Tested Faith” - Sermon Text: 1 Peter 1:3-9 - Rev. William Mueller
The Apostle Peter reminds us that our faith in Jesus Christ is a genuinely tested faith. This means that through the struggles, various trials, and other griefs that we endure, God is drawing us closer to Jesus. Our faith in Jesus may be tested, but it is genuine!
April 26, 2020 – Third Sunday of Easter
Psalm 116:1-14; 1 Peter 1:17-25; Luke 24:13-35
“Have It GOD’S Way!” - Sermon Text: Luke 24:13-35 - Rev. Dr. Thomas Ahlersmeyer
Does God’s gift of faith come from a set menu, or is it served up à la carte? In what ways are we “slow of heart” to believe all that God’s Word tells us? In His conversation with two Emmaus-bound disciples, the risen Lord Jesus Christ reveals the challenges and possibilities of a faith humbly determined to Have It GOD’S Way!