He's Alive! - Weekly Celebration (April 2nd)
“But he was pierced because of our rebellion, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on him, and we are healed by his wounds. We all went astray like sheep; we all have turned to our own way; and the Lord has punished him for the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:5-6)
Hundreds of years before Jesus died on the cross for our sins, the prophet Isaiah looked forward to that moment, which somehow would combine unfathomable agony and immeasurable hope. The God of all creation sent His Son for this singular purpose, to rescue a rebellious and undeserving humanity from their sin.
2000 years later, we are still in awe of that moment. Jesus died for me. And not just died, but 3 days later was risen, conquering sin, death, and hell itself. Peace with God is mine through faith in Him.
As Good Friday and Easter approach, may we use this opportunity to express thanksgiving, to pray for others to come to know Jesus as we know Jesus, and to join together with the saints throughout the ages, worshiping our crucified and risen Savior.
Salvation and Baptisms: Palm Sunday was another great day at Hyland Heights! We saw a person respond to the gospel following the 9:30 service and 3 more baptisms in the 11:00 service. We look forward to more of God moving this coming week as we celebrate Easter and plan for more baptisms this week.
A Night of Worship: Last Sunday, our young adult ministry hosted an amazing night of worship with over 75 gathering to worship our Savior. God is moving in some powerful ways among the young adults in our church. If you’d like to learn more or be a part, contact Sean Best at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Place to Serve: We have several great ways you can be a part of helping others connect here at Hyland Heights. Join our 1st Impressions team as a host to welcome our church family and first-time guests to worship on Sunday mornings, or sign up to serve in our connection café. To sign up or learn more, email Pastor Tim Fus at email@example.com.
Summer Host Homes: This coming summer, Hyland Heights will have ministry interns serving in a variety of ways. These internships help our ministries in so many valuable ways, but the real blessing is that we get to help future pastors and church leaders grow in the calling that God has placed on their life. This year, we are looking for several families to consider hosting an intern for the summer. If you have an extra bedroom you wouldn’t mind lending a college student for the summer, connect with Sean Best at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about serving this way.
Matching Gift Opportunity: We’re almost there! We have been given a $10,000.00 matching gift to purchase 2 new side projectors for our worship center as 1 is out completely and the other is starting to go out. This means that your gift is doubled when you give to this need. To date, $7,645 has been committed to this designated line item. If you would like to help us reach this goal, you can give at hhbc.net/give and select “projector matching gift” in the drop down menu.
Easter Sunday’s Coming: As Easter quickly approaches on April 4th, we hope that you take this opportunity to invite your friends and family to join us for one of our 3 worship services; 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00. We look forward to seeing God move in great ways this Easter Sunday!
HHBC Weekly Financials:
March 28 Offering: $ 38,869.91
Weekly Budget: $33,228.00
Thank you for your continued generosity! God is moving in incredible ways at Hyland Heights and each gift continues to help us live out the vision of Jesus as we connect, grow, and impact our world for the gospel.
A Hymn for Good Friday:
“Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed” by Issac Watts (1707)
Alas! and did my Savior bleed, and did my Sovereign die! Would he devote that sacred head for sinners such as I?
Was it for crimes that I have done, he groaned upon the tree? Amazing pity! Grace unknown! And love beyond degree!
Well might the sun in darkness hide, and shut its glories in, when God, the mighty maker, died for his own creature's sin.
Thus might I hide my blushing face while his dear cross appears; dissolve my heart in thankfulness, and melt mine eyes to tears.
But drops of tears can ne'er repay the debt of love I owe. Here, Lord, I give myself away; 'tis all that I can do.
Dr. Josh Carter Senior Pastor