Weekly News from WCUMC-4/13/2014
Teachings from the Cross. A Sermon Series for Lent.
“From Hosanna …
to Agony and Distress”
Palm Sunday - April 13, 2014
When they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount
of Olives, Jesus gave two disciples a task. He said to them, "Go into the
village over there. As soon as you enter, you will find a donkey tied up
and a colt with it. Untie them and bring them to me. If anybody says
anything to you, say that the Lord needs it." He sent them off right
away. Now this happened to fulfill what the prophet said, Say to
Daughter Zion," Look, your king is coming to you, humble and riding on
a donkey, and on a colt the donkey's offspring." The disciples went and
did just as Jesus had ordered them. They brought the donkey and the
colt and laid their clothes on them. Then he sat on them. Now a large
crowd spread their clothes on the road. Others cut palm branches off
the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds in front of him and
behind him shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessings on the one
who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" And when
Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up. "Who is this?"
they asked. The crowds answered, "It's the prophet Jesus from Nazareth
The crowd was excited about all the miracles and what they
expected of a Messiah…
But Jesus was and is not a “conquering king” as the world would
define it. He’s a King who came to serve and sacrifice.
He took our place and bore the agony and distress that we deserved
because of our sins.
After this, knowing that everything was already completed, in order to
fulfill the scripture, Jesus said, "I am thirsty." A jar full of sour wine
was nearby, so the soldiers soaked a sponge in it, placed it on a hyssop
branch, and held it up to his lips.”
The bitter vinegar given to Jesus was a fulfillment of prophecy…
Come close to me! Redeem me! Save me because of my enemies! You
know full well the insults I've received; you know my shame and my
disgrace. All my adversaries are right there in front of you. Insults have
broken my heart. I'm sick about it. I hoped for sympathy, but there
wasn't any; I hoped for comforters, but couldn't find any. They gave me
poison for food. To quench my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
Jesus endured pain and distress for us. He suffered a physical and
spiritual thirst, so that we could have the Living Water of Eternal
"Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever
drinks from the water that I will give will never be thirsty again. The
water that I give will become in those who drink it a spring of water
that bubbles up into eternal life."
Questions for Personal or Group Reflection
1. In Matthew 21, what kind of Kingdom and King were the people
expecting? How was Jesus different than what they had looked for?
2. Consider how you would have reacted to Jesus riding into town on a
donkey that day.
3. Try to imagine the kind of distress Jesus experienced as He Hung on
the Cross. What images or feelings come to your mind?
4. What kind of distress are you experiencing in your life right now?
5. How does God use this distress to lead you closer to Him?
6. Reflect on what it means to be drinking from Living Water?
Next Week’s Easter Message – “Triumph” – John 19:30 and John 20:1-18
THIS WEEK AT WCUMC
Sunday - 4/13 - Palm Sunday
Evening Prayer, 5:30 PM, Prayer Room
Young FamiliesGroup, 6:30 - 8:00 PM, Memorial Room
Monday - 4/14
Talk Time, 7:00 PM, Rooms 10 & 11
Men of Integrity, 7:00 PM, Memorial Room
Tuesday - 4/15
Men's Bible Study, 9:45 - 11:30 AM, Room 10
Sewing Group, 6:00 PM, Memorial Room
Finance Meeting, 7:00 PM. Room 11
Wednesday - 4/16
Wed. Women's Bible Study, 10:00 - 11:30 AM, Room 10
Lenten Study, 6:00 - 7:15 PM, Celebration Hall
Choir Practice, 7:15 - 8:30 PM, Sanctuary
Thursday - 4/17
Friday - 4/18
Good Friday Service, 7:30 PM, Sanctuary
Saturday - 4/19
Men's Group Study, 7:30 AM. Celebration Hall
Sunday - 4/20 - Easter Sunday
Sonrise Service, 7:00 AM
No Adult Sunday School Classes
Nursery Care is available in the Children’s Wingduring worship
10:30 AM Resurrection Worship Service
Evening Prayer, 5:30 PM, Prayer Room
PALM SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE
April 13 at 10:30 AM
GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE
April 18 at 7:30 PM
In the Sanctuary with New Life Christian Fellowship, NorthCreek Church,
and Bear Creek Community Church
EASTER MORNING "SONRISE" SERVICE
April 20 at 7:00 AM
April 20 at 10:30 AM with New Life Christian Fellowship
Wednesday, 6:00 PM
Meal - Video - Small Group Discussion
This seven-session, video-based study explores the last words of Christ
from the Holy Land locations where they were spoken A meal will be
served at 6:00 PM, before each session.
4th Annual Great Community
Sunday, April 13
1:00 PM - Woodinville Fields (rain or shine)
The Great Community Egg Hunt is sponsored by four Christian churches
in Woodinville that want to make Woodinville a great place to eat,
shop, and live! This is a fun and free event that will include face
painting, candy, Easter bunnies, inflatables, a Fire truck, and 30,000
Volunteers still needed! Come and help if you can.
Can you keep our church yard looking beautiful? Sign up in the foyer to
adopt a small garden area that you will keep weed-free during the
growing season. Individuals and families of all ages are invited to
STOREHOUSE NEEDS THIS WEEK
Income, wk ending 4/06/14 $ 18,801
Income, weekly avg, year-to-date $ 11,013
Expenses, weekly avg, year-to-date $ 9,496
2014 weekly budgeted expenses $ 9,896
Total Faith Promises pledged, 2013 - 14 $ 90,560
Faith Promise Beginning Balance $ 12,439
Received 11/1/13 - 4/06/14 $ 45,011
Disbursed 11/1/13 - 4/06/14 $ 42,228
Prayer Chain requests call Barbara Clark 425-483-3885. After 6:00 PM
call Mary Harvey at 425-827-2883 or call the church at 425-483-5252
during office hours.
We hope to see you in church this Sunday and God Bless.
Have a great week!
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