Apr 10
April 9, 2020, 10:00 PM
 
April 10, 2020
 
First Christian Church of San Marcos
exists to lead people into a growing
´╗┐relationship with Jesus Christ!
 
A Holy Week Unlike Any Other
 
This year we will observe Good Friday and celebrate the Resurrection in the midst of widespread sickness and death. There are no words to express or explain the weight of this moment that has consumed us, not just in the United States,
but on a global scale.
 
Everything has changed because of this pandemic, so it really should be no surprise that Holy Week is different this year too, and that Good Friday and Easter will not escape the impact.
 
Perhaps what will resonate most naturally this week is the lived experience of the crucifixion – the lived experience of unspeakable loss, grief, sorrow and despair as the numbers of infected around the world continue to rise and the death toll continues to climb. Perhaps the cross will speak for itself this year in a way that is does not normally do, because we are all strung up on a tree mentally, emotionally, and psychologically. Perhaps this Holy Week we will feel closer to Calvary than we have for some time.
 
Perhaps on the other side of April there will be some relief. Perhaps, the apex will be followed by a plateau and then maybe a decline – and then maybe a merciful end for a season. And, Christ have mercy, maybe even sooner than some models have forecast for our country if enough Americans remain steadfast to “flattening the curve.”
 
May who have fallen sick are recovering. Progress on treatments for the virus is advancing, and the pace toward a development of a vaccine is accelerating.
 
There are signs of hope. There are reasons to believe that the victory of Resurrection can and will be made manifest in our midst – eventually.
 
King David, the Psalmist, declared that even though he walked through the valley of the shadow of death, “surely goodness and mercy” would follow him always and that God would be with him forever. This year, this Holy Week, we have to find a way to believe that.
 
Easter is coming. Make some room for it in your heart and in your soul. Oh, how we need it.
 
~ Paul Robeson Ford
 
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Easter Across America
is a 90-minute video streaming event filled
with inspiration, music and hope.
In light of the pandemic, and the shelter at home orders across America, people are looking for alternative ways to celebrate Easter.
This is a free, family friendly,
LIVE streaming event is happening this Sunday.
6 pm Central time.
 
Some of the 30+ guests include:
  • Andy Stanley
  • Miles McPherson
  • Bob Goff
  • Nick Vujucic
  • Phil Wickham
  • Steven Curtis Chapman
  • Casting Crowns
  • Michael W. Smith
  • Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes
  • Candace Payne
  • Slugs and Bugs
  • Luis Palau
  • plus Magicians, Comedians and More!
It's planned for Easter evening, so it won't interfere with our morning church services.
 
Another special event:
Andrea Bocelli’s “Music for Hope”
Easter Concert will livestream this Sunday, beginning 1 p.m. ET
over on the iconic musician’s YouTube channel.
 
Prayer List:
Please pray for each of these this week as we pray for
our country and the world.
Chris Coley; Kathy Smith; Judy Deforest; Bert Cobb;
Dorothy McLendon; Kevin Meinen; Jean English;
Honey Cuellar; Dorothy Volk; Alice Ballard; Buster Cavin; Corrine McBride, Allison McBride; Mary Tijerina; Dawn Shank; Annie Milam; Donna Loyd; Andrea Hannum; Jarret Rush; Reagan Grizzle; James McBride; Kathy Pancelli; David Warren; Tom Marker; Lorelei; Thomas Ramon; Coy Rowdon; Mildred Scott; Louise Mullins; Samara Gilderson; Dawn Jester; Ellen & Manfred Kremkus; Richard McDaniel; Leona Corkill; Kelly Davis; Melanie Die; Don Harmon; Robert Volk; Rex Stallings; Danny Rhinehart; Family of Kelly Davis;
Issac Guerrero