Sunday Program - April 5, 2020 - Palm Sunday
Welcome to McKernan Baptist Church Online Service and Online Program!
On this Palm Sunday, we welcome you to our online service. This is the day we reflect on Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem as King, with crowds waving palm branches and cheering in welcome. We do so, however, knowing that in five days we commemorate a far different event. Many in the crowd who cheered Him as King would call for His crucifixion. Among the reasons for the shift has to do with differing visions of Kingship. The people wanted a king to meet their external expectations. Jesus came to sacrificially meet their much deeper internal need. It is thus appropriate that on this Palm Sunday we will explore how God wants to correct how we see reality through the words of the hymn, “Be Thou My Vision.”
As He approached Jerusalem, and saw the city, He [Jesus] wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace – but now it is hidden from your eyes.”
Luke 19:41-42 (NIV)
Jesus has been warning His fellow Jews…that God’s kingdom is coming. But they, for the most part, have preferred their own aspirations, their own agendas. They have been speeding on their way, eager for national liberation of the usual revolutionary sort. Within the society the rich have been getting richer, and the poor poorer. The self-appointed religious watchdogs have been concentrating on the outward rules and purity regulations rather than on the human heart. The Temple itself, the place where heaven and earth were supposed to meet, where God’s forgiveness was supposed to happen, has been used as a symbol of national pride. They have ignored the warning signs and are heading for a sharp bend…where, coming the other way, is Jesus. Jesus has been announcing that this was the time for God to become King. What’s more, He had been making it happen – bringing God’s fresh rule of healing and restoration to broken lives, families, households. He has been, in person, the place where heaven and earth meet, where forgiveness and all that goes with it have happened. And now He has come to Jerusalem… The place won’t be big enough for both of them.
NT Wright, Lent for Everyone, Mark
Ask enough people about their life with God and you will begin to notice a common theme. Many of us come to faith in a season of crisis; when our illusion of control is shattered. Most people – and especially those with education, resources, and living in functional societies – assume they can determine the outcomes of their lives. This myth is only revealed when unexpected forces interfere with, or completely destroy our plan…[This pandemic] may be our Lord’s way of opening our eyes, revealing our pride, and discovering the truth that we do not have control. We never did and we never will. It may be God’s way of softening our hardened hearts so that we turn to Him and act with kindness toward one another. Discovering God’s grace this way may be painful, but love powerful enough to transform us always is.
Skye Jethani, The Illusion of Control, (accessed at skyejethani.com/covid/the-illusion-of-control)
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easter art exhibition
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wednesday online bible studies
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C&C Online Connection Opportunities
Monday Afternoon Zoom Group Discussion - 4:00pm - Join us at bit.ly/CandCDiscussion
Wednesday Night Bible Study - 7:00pm (check https://www.facebook.com/mckernanyoungadults/ for Zoom link)
Friday Afternoon Time of Prayer & Devotion - 1:00pm on our Facebook Page
all church prayer time
All Church Prayer time this afternoon (April 5) at 2:00pm. Please email Pastor Daunavan for the Zoom link.
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Thank you for your generosity and continued support of the mission and ministry at McKernan Baptist Church. During this time where we are not meeting in person on Sunday mornings, we still want to give you the opportunity to give as God would lead you.
- Online Giving via the church website
- Pre-authorized debit from your bank
- You can mail your cheque to the church: McKernan Baptist Church, Attn: Finance Team, 11103 76 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 0J9.
Missionary of the Week
NICK & IRIS - NAB EAST ASIA
Dear McKernan family,
It is always good to hear from our good friends. The coronavirus outbreak turns severe in North America and Europe; we remember all of you for the protection from the Almighty One in our pr*yers.
We appreciate McKernan’s continuing pr*yers, caring and all kinds of support to us. McKernan’s walking together in every circumstance is vital to our m*ssion journey.
We are doing well. There are some infected cases in our residential community, and strict restrictions are put to people for self-isolation. Most of time we are self-isolated at home and just shop groceries online. Meanwhile we are thankful that we are able to continue our ministr*es mostly online.
Although we relocated to another province on our field country last year, we continue counseling ministry and discipleship to believers and seekers from previous province through social networking tool. The world turns upside down. In particular, the COVID-19 outbreak crisis makes many people realize that they are unable to control their lives, feel helpless, and lose hope to the future. They seek for help and comfort from us. We try to grab every opportunity to share our faith and lead them to know Jes*s our Lord.
Please kindly pr*y:
1. G*d opens the hearts of people, who seek comfort and advices from us, and gives them thirst to Chr*st so that we can lead them to know Him through counselling ministry.
2. With infected cases in our residential community, pray for G*d’s protection and opportunities to us that we would be good witnesses of Chr*st among the neighborhood.
3. G*d’s mercy that the crisis of COVID-19 outbreak would be ended soon and normal living can be resumed. We are able to travel to surrounding areas to develop further ministries.
4. We are able to adjust well in a new province with different culture and dialect.
Please forward our warmest greetings to all McKernan brothers and sisters. Take good care. Stay safe and healthy.
(sent via email on April 3, 2020)
- Praise God for the work with the homeless in Guatemala City accomplished by short term missionary Kezia Wright and for her safe return to Edmonton.
- Pray for the many missionaries we have in desperate regions, both locally and globally.
- Pray for those who are experiencing loneliness during these days of isolation.
- Pray for our church as we adapt to the many changes of daily life and also for continued wisdom as we connect through online worship services, virtual small groups and video Bible studies.
- Pray for those in leadership; from world leaders to provincial and health leaders to church leaders. Pray for wisdom and discernment.
- Pray for those undergoing all kinds of challenges, from health to finances, to relationships.
BE THOU MY VISION “THROUGH 20/20 LENSES”
Luke 19:37-44; Rom. 5:6-8; John 1:4-5
Our current sermon series, “Seeing Clearly the Songs We Sing,” highlights the Biblical truths we declare when we sing the songs that we do in our worship services. We’ve seen how these songs speak very practically to many of the situations we encounter, including the pandemic we are presently facing.
- This is very true of the hymn we will explore today, “Be Thou My Vision,” which is derived from an Irish poem written many centuries ago. While it may be ancient in its origin, the words are very relevant today as they challenge us to see our current reality through the lens of God’s truth. As we do, certain illusions will be exposed, and true realities will be clarified.
When we sing “Be Thou My Vision” we are asking God to give us…
Vision that Sees Through the Illusion of Human Control
- When we sing “nought be all else to me, save that Thou art,” we are declaring that Jesus indeed is “High King of Heaven.” The mistake made on Palm Sunday was the expectation of a King who would bless a human agenda instead of bringing in God’s true agenda. (Lk. 19:41-42)
Vision that Sees Clearly the Reality of God’s Ability
- When we sing of the emptiness of riches and human praise and then of a victory won by Jesus that brings heaven’s joy and God’s heart restoring our own, we are declaring that our deepest issues cannot be fixed by human wisdom or strength. Jesus entered Jerusalem to die on a cross and provide for our deepest need. (Romans 5:6-8)
Vision that Sees Through the Illusion of Overpowering Darkness
- When we sing “Thou my best thought, by day or by night, waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light,” we are declaring that the darkness of night cannot drown out the light of Christ. This certainly was proven true by the stories of the blind man (Lk. 18:35-43) and Zacchaeus (19:1-10) who looked to Christ in their darkness.
Vision that Sees Clearly the Reality of Overcoming Light
- When we sing of “bright heaven’s Sun” and Jesus “still being our vision” we are declaring that light will overcome darkness (Jn. 1:4-5). While Jesus would die as King, He would also rise as King, declaring hope in the darkest of places for those who walk with Him.
- What are some ways in which you are seeing the illusion of human control being exposed in these days? How has your own sense of control been challenged?
- How does a time like this force us to ask life’s deeper questions? What are some ways you would like God to work in your life through during this time?
- What are some areas of your life (discouragement, despair) that need the light of God’s love and hope? If God were to ask you “What do you want me to do for you?” (Lk. 19:41), how would you answer?
- What are some ways in which you might share God’s hope and light with those around you?