Easter. For many it represents the hope that winter storms will soon be a thing of the past, with warmers days just around the corner. But, the hope of Easter represents an atmospheric reality that is far greater than more welcoming weather patterns. Easter signals that Heaven has been opened. The realm of Heaven is the presence of God Himself, with eternal life and the joy and comfort that comes from being in His presence. When Jesus died and rose from the dead, the veil in the temple in Jerusalem was torn from top to bottom, a powerful sign of that a way to Heaven has been made possible.
The week leading up to Easter, known as “Holy Week” is certainly a busy one for the church. As churches around the world walk with Jesus from his triumphal entry, to his death, and his resurrection, we invite you to join us for all four of these services to experience each part of the story as it comes. On Palm Sunday (March 25 at 9:30 and 11a), we will remind ourselves the gate to the City is now open through the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem through the East Gate. On Maunday Thursday (March 29 at 7p), we will remember Christ’s Last Supper and how now, by placing our trust in Him, there is an open table. On Good Friday (March 30 at 6p), we will come together in a family service to reflect on how through Jesus’s sacrifice on the Cross and the tearing of the temple curtain, we now have direct access to God’s open temple. On Easter Sunday (April 1 at 8, 9:30 and 11a) we will sing the new song of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah! He is also the Lamb who by His resurrection conquered death itself and opened heaven to all those who believe in Him. What a celebration! We hope you can join us!
Wednesdays in Lent
March 14 and 21
6:45-7:15p candlelit services in the Sanctuary.
Palm Sunday – “Open Gates”
9:30 & 11a services in the Sanctuary
Program for students and children at 9:30a
Maundy Thursday – “Open Table”
7p Communion service in the Sanctuary with choir and organ.
Good Friday – “Open Temple”
6p Candlelit service of the Passion of our Lord in the gym with student band.
Easter Sunday – “Open Scroll”
8a simple service in the Sanctuary with organ
9:30 & 11a services in Phillips Hall with band, choir, and strings.
Our evensong services continue in the Lenten season. Join us for three mid-week services for 3 Wednesdays in Lent. These 30-minute services are a practice we began as a community in Advent 2017 as a way to quiet our hearts and make room for Jesus to plant seeds of faith.
In Philippians 1:3-5, Paul writes, “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.”
I love that phrase, “partnership in the gospel.” Missionaries and their supporting churches should exchange more than just a check and a couple of emails each year. The idea of a “partnership” demands more, that we as a supporting church might GIVE sacrificially, GO serve alongside them, and live worthy of the GOSPEL.
The Philippian Church gave sacrificially to Paul’s missionary efforts while he was in Corinth, Thessalonica, and finally, in Rome. They were so generous in their financial support of missions that Paul began to brag about just how committed they were.
He writes in 2 Corinthians 8:1-3, “We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord…”
Paul writes, “Their extreme poverty overflowed in a wealth of generosity…they gave beyond their means.” Who are these people?! The Philippians gave sacrificially to see hope spread around the world.
When Paul was in Corinth they came to him and helped to meet his needs. When Paul was in Thessalonica they sent him aid. And finally, when he was imprisoned in Rome, Epaphroditus risked his life to help provide him the basic necessities of food and clothing.
If you want to cultivate a partnership with a “Philippian Approach”, is no substitute for refreshing the souls of others through serving alongside them. Sure, in the digital age in which we live you can send someone a message or even money without physically visiting them. Do we underestimate the transformational effect of fellowship?
But perhaps the biggest source of Paul’s joy in their partnership was that the Philippians truly believed and lived out their faith in the midst of suffering! Christ’s life, death and resurrection, the hope of the Gospel, had a transforming effect on their lives and the culture of their community.
In order to cultivate genuine partnerships with the 36 missionary families we support, we must GIVE sacrificially, GO serve alongside them, and live worthy of the GOSPEL.
And we hope that those of you in the TCC community might consider serving in May with our Haiti team, alongside missionary partner Gladys Thomas, president of the US Foundation for the Children of Haiti. (Click here for more information)
*To find out more about our missionary partners, click the missions and outreach tab on our homepage.
Few subjects dominate the cultural landscape in America as thoroughly as sexuality and gender. From entertainment to politics to education, LGBTQ+ concerns have captured the hearts and minds of the public. Most of us have friends, neighbors, colleagues, classmates, or family members who identify as gay (perhaps we too are same-sex attracted). So pervasive is the acceptance and celebration of homosexuality and transgenderism, that any disagreement or hesitancy is often dismissed as bigotry, homophobia, and hate.
And so when it comes to sharing the gospel of Christ with other people in our lives, a biblical sexual ethic now feels like a liability. Being on the ‘wrong side’ of this one issue threatens to discredit our views on any issue, not least the gospel. In fact, it is now virtually impossible to discuss Jesus with someone without the topic of gender or homosexuality finding its way into the conversation—often with undesirable results.
So what does gospel ministry look like in this new world? How do we love our gay neighbors? How do we hold fast to Scripture and hold out the gospel message without being a jerk? How do we maintain a faithful and compassionate witness as we seek to reach our friends and family for Christ?
Join Christopher Yuan and Rachel Gilson as they share from Scripture and out of their own stories of redemption to help us cultivate a faithful and compassionate gospel witness in our day.
Here’s what is going on this weekend:
Friday, March 16 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm | at Westgate Church (100 Winter St., Weston)
7:15: Worship in Song
7:25: Christopher Yuan: Family Testimony
8:25: Q&A with Christopher & Rachel
Saturday, March 17 | 8:30 am – 12:30 pm | at Westgate
8:00: Breakfast/refreshments available
8:35: Worship in Song
8:45: Christopher Yuan: Homosexuality: Texts and Hermeneutics
9:40: Rachel Gilson: God’s Positive Design for Sexuality and Gender
10:35: A Christian Response to Homosexuality (Christopher & Rachel)
Saturday, March 17 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm | at FBC Sudbury (162 Landham Rd)
6:10: Rachel Gilson: Testimony
7:10: Q&A with Christopher Yuan & Rachel Gilson
Sunday Morning, March 18 | FBCS & Westgate
9:15: Sunday School with Rachel Gilson • FBCS
10:30: Family Testimony/ Running the Race (Heb. 12:1-2), Christopher Yuan • Westgate
Teddy continues his mission work in Liberia with efforts to collect clothes, shoes, school supplies, toys, backpacks, books and Bibles. If you would like to donate any of these items, please leave them in the designated collection area in the stairwell off the lobby. Financial help toward the cost for shipping is also greatly needed.
Teddy can be reached at: email@example.com or 978-761-5239.
Join us at Carolyn Heinen’s home in Sudbury on Saturday, March 24th, at 11am for a Spring Brunch and planting an herbal plant pot to take home. Women of all ages (even friends from outside our church community) are welcome to join. Please RSVP to Cathy Koerwer at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you will be attending.