Dear Watermark Church family,
In the passage below, Luke describes the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem at the beginning of the last week of His earthly life, on Palm Sunday:
“As he was drawing near [to Jerusalem], at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest! (Luke 19:37,38)
As Jesus entered the city amid shouts of praise and palm branches being waved in adoration, there is no doubt what was in the disciples' minds. This was the fulfillment of Zechariah's prophecy given centuries earlier that the long-awaited Messiah had come, the king of Israel, and not just of Israel but of all the earth. Jerusalem would be his capital city. From here he would rule the world in peace and righteousness. What a day this was!
The entry into Jerusalem with waving palm branches was a short-lived preview of the “eternal Palm Sunday” to come. Jesus was worthy of our praise! If the disciples hadn't praised Him, the rocks would have.
However, had Jesus taken his throne on that first day of entering the city, none of us would ever be robed in white or waving palms of praise in the age to come. "The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised." The disciples’ understanding of Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem was flawed. They saw him as a king moving in to take control. And he was. But they could not grasp that the victory Jesus would win in Jerusalem over sin and Satan and death and all the enemies of righteousness and joy—that this victory would be won through his own horrible suffering and death; and that the kingdom which they thought would be established immediately (Luke 19:11) would, in fact, be thousands of years in coming.
The surprise about Jesus the Messiah is that he came to live a life of sacrificial, dying service before he comes a second time to reign in glory as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And the surprise about discipleship is that it requires a life of sacrificial service on earth, before we reign with Christ in glory. On Psalm Sunday, it is a time to praise Him. It is also a time to join Him in laying down our lives for others for the sake of the gospel, until we see Him face to face! (Adapted from and article by John Piper)
Snow preparation – Several inches of snow is currently being forecasted for Saturday morning and afternoon. We will have the Watermark Church lot plowed before Sunday morning, and we are planning that our Sunday worship service will be held as usual at 10:30am. We will email you sometime early Sunday morning if we need to make any changes to our Sunday worship service time due to the weather.
Return your filled plastic Easter eggs this Sunday morning in the boxes in the lobby. If you fill some eggs with sugar-free candy, gluten-free candy or peanut-free candy, just label that on the bag the eggs are brought back in. Also, little toys and prizes are also welcome. Contact Tina Savage if you have any questions. The Easter egg hunt will follow the morning worship service on Easter Sunday, April 1.
Youth Group next Sunday, March 25 at 6:30PM - at the Watermark Church facility.
Easter Sunday is April 1! Invite a friend for this special Sunday Celebration. We will have an Easter egg hunt for children ages toddler through 4th grade after the morning worship service. Bring a baked good to share if you would like to provide an extra goodie for our guests.
Seminar “Witnessing With Power” coming April 7, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM at Watermark Church – Presented by Dr. Tommy Beeker, a local evangelist, musician, counselor and teacher. This seminar will help you to eliminate your fears and doubts about witnessing, address the objections to receiving Christ and help you reach your loved ones and immediate family. Lunch is included – the cost is $5.00. Sign up this Sunday on the Connections Card.
New year, new opportunities: Using your time and talents to serve the Lord is always a rewarding experience, and a great blessing to others as well. Here is an opportunity to serve at Watermark Church:
Greeter to hand out Sunday Bulletins – contact pastor Larry Kinkopf if you would like to be a greeter in our “Connections” ministry. Thanks to Tim Kellis who volunteered to become a sound booth tech!
Sunday School at 9:30am: Prophecy and World Events – pastor Ron is leading an insightful and encouraging adult Sunday School Class on Sundays at 9:30AM at the church facility. If you have never been to our morning adult Sunday School classes, this is a great way to start your Sunday morning! We have Sunday School classes for children at 9:30 AM as well.
Sunday School: Women’s Bible Study Group – Claudia Shrive is leading an encouraging women’s adult Sunday School Class each week at 9:30AM at the church facility. Join the ladies for fellowship and great discussion on various in-depth topics from God’s Word.
Life Group: The Gibson’s and Settimos’ Life Group bible study is now meeting every other Friday, and is discussing the book, “Forgotten God,” which is a great introduction to the person and work of the Holy Spirit in our world, church and personal lives. Contact Paul or Nathan for more info.
Life Group: The Wednesday night life group led by Pastor Larry meets on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM at the Kinkopf’s (6624 Forest Hill Ln., Hamilton, 45011.) We are studying the book of 1 Peter. Contact Larry if you would like to be a part of this Life Group. Our next group Bible Study will be Wednesday, March 28.
We have now added a Grade 4-6 Children’s Sunday School class at 9:30am on Sundays. Classes are currently being offered as follows:
9:30 AM Pre-school - grade 3 Patti Kellis
9:30 AM Grades 4-6 Tim Kellis
Together praising Him who comes in the Name of the Lord,