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Palm Sunday Scripture
Matthew 21:1-22 The Voice (VOICE)
After a great parade, Jesus and His disciples walk into the temple area, and what He sees enrages Him. He sees moneychangers, buying and selling. He sees men sitting on benches, hawking doves to those who have come from the countryside to make a sacrifice. He sees that the salesmen and teachers have turned a sanctuary of worship into a place of spiritual prostitution. This is the place where Jesus came as a boy to sit with the great teachers. It is the place where His Father receives the offerings of His people. It is more than Jesus can take.
Can anyone be surprised at this other side to Jesus? He has turned out to be not just a kindly teacher; instead, He is the Anointed One, not to be taken lightly. In the midst of this scene filled with joy and chaos, there are extremes. Some are beginning to understand who this man from Galilee is—the Anointed—but the rulers are having great difficulty with the disruption to their orderly world.
21 Jesus, the disciples, and the great crowds were heading toward Jerusalem when they came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives. Jesus stopped and beckoned to two of the disciples.
Jesus: 2 Go to the village over there. There you’ll find a donkey tied to a post and a foal beside it. Untie them and bring them to Me. 3 If anyone tries to stop you, then tell him, “The Master needs these,” and he will send the donkey and foal immediately.
4 He sent the disciples on ahead so His entry into Jerusalem could fulfill what the prophet Zechariah had long since foretold:
5 Tell this to Zion’s daughter,
“Look—your King is approaching,
seated humbly on a donkey,
a young foal, a beast of burden.”[a]
6 So the disciples went off and followed Jesus’ instructions. 7 They brought the donkey and foal to Jesus, they spread their cloaks on the animals, and Jesus sat down on them. 8 The great crowd followed suit, laying their cloaks on the road. Others cut leafy branches from the trees and scattered those before Jesus. 9 And the crowds went before Jesus, walked alongside Him, and processed behind—all singing.
Crowd: Hosanna, praises to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Eternal One! Hosanna in the highest![b]
The way Jesus enters the city on a lowly donkey, with crowds surrounding Him singing praises, surprises many within Jerusalem.
10 And that is how Jesus came into Jerusalem. The people noticed this strange parade. They wondered who this could be, this humble bearded man on a donkey who incited such songs.
Crowd: 11 This is Jesus, the prophet, from Nazareth in Galilee.
12 Jesus came to the temple. He drove out all those who were buying and selling. He upended the moneychangers’ tables and the dove-sellers’ benches.
Jesus: 13 It is written, “My house will be a house of prayer for all people,” but you have turned this house of prayer into a den of robbers.[c]
14 Then the blind and the lame came to the temple, and Jesus healed them. 15 Rings of children circled round and sang, “Hosanna to the Son of David.” But the priests and scribes didn’t understand. When they saw the upturned tables, the walking paralytics, and the singing children, they were shocked, indignant, and angry, and they did not understand.
Priests and Scribes: 16 Do you hear what these children are saying?
Jesus: Yes. Haven’t you read your own psalter? “From the mouths and souls of infants and toddlers, the most innocent, You have decreed praises for Yourself.”[d]
17 At that, Jesus left Jerusalem. He went to Bethany, where He spent the night.
18 The next morning, Jesus went back to the city. It was early and He was wanting breakfast, so 19 He stopped at a lone fig tree by the road. The fig tree, disappointingly, had no figs, only leaves.
Jesus: May you never bear fruit again!
Immediately the tree shriveled up. 20 The disciples were amazed.
Disciples: How did that fig tree wither so quickly?
Jesus: 21 I tell you this: if you have faith and do not doubt, then you will be able to wither a fig tree with one glance. You will be able to tell mountains to throw themselves into the ocean, and they will obey.
As Jesus says this, one or two disciples probably glance around the shadows of the early morning, confused and afraid. Jesus has just paraded into Jerusalem and upset the vendors and leaders with His bold talk. Now He is challenging His disciples to expect the physical creation to respond to their commands and faith. But Jesus isn’t finished.
Jesus: 22 If you believe, whatever you ask for in prayer will be granted
As Devyn plays, let their ministry to you lift your spirit...and let it minister to your soul.
[04/01/20] UPDATE REGARDING BIBLE STUDIES: the phone number and PIN to access the conference calls have been updated. Wednesday evening and Sunday morning bible study conference calls now have the same phone number and PIN. To join us for any bible study (Wednesdays at 6:30pm and Sundays at 9:00am), please dial 484-416-5001 and enter PIN 302 418 720 #.
UPDATE 4/1/20: the phone number and PIN have been updated. To join, dial 484-416-5001 and enter PIN 302 418 720 #.
Remember we still gather - albeit via conference call - for Bible Study Wednesday nights at 6:30pm! Pastor Todd has been leading us on a journey through the book of Daniel. Tomorrow (Wednesday, April 1st), we experience Chapter 4.
If you like to prepare in advance, we welcome you to download the text and questions to be discussed. You can find the download link by visiting our website (www.whiterockchurch.info) and scrolling down to the Bible Studies section of the home page.
All are welcome and no prior knowledge of the text is necessary. Have your favorite Bible ready to reference!
To join us tomorrow (Wednesday, April 1st) at 6:30pm,
dial 484-416-5001 and enter PIN 302 418 720 #.
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Sometimes when we are in the midst of it all, its nice to remember where we stand, where we live and we we have our hope.
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All are welcome to join us for Bible Study via conference call in 20 minutes (9:00am), followed by Sunday Worship Service via Facebook Live feed right here on this page, led by Pastor Douglas. In Bible Study today, we continue our journey through I Corinthians. No prior knowledge or attendance necessary! Join us as we explore how the teachings of Paul to the church at Corinth continue to speak to us today
To join the Bible Study call at 9:00am, dial 484-416-5001 and when prompted, enter PIN 302 418 720 #.
Then tune in at 10:45am for our live feed Sunday Worship Service.
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Music can speak to us in tough times in such a tangible way. I sought the Lord for a song to speak to the body during the outbreak and the stay in place order. As I was singing a song I thought could work another song repeatedly popped into my head strongly. I asked the Lord for confirmation. This morning as I woke to a loud thunderclap I said:OK, Lord I know without a doubt what to share." Listen and be blessed beloved.
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Thank you for your continued support of White Rock Community Church. Your steadfast commitment is imperative to our continued ability to maintain our facilities and staff, embrace innovation by delivering spiritual content online and interactive bible studies via telephone/video conference, and forward our loving missions while honoring the safety and health of our congregation and those we serve throughout the duration of the shelter-in-place orders and beyond.
Donations can be submitted via PayPal on the 'Donations' page on our website at www.whiterockchurch.info/donations.
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If you normally tithe in person and would like to consider setting up regular deposits, please contact us at 214-320-0043 or [email protected]. Calls and messages are answered as promptly as possible Tuesday through Thursday during normal business hours.
If you find yourself doing some Amazon shopping while sheltered in place, you can help support the church and its missions at no cost to you! Use this URL to access Amazon's login page: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/75-2373193.
Then log into your Amazon account from that page and click the 'Start shopping' button to have Amazon donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to WRCC via the AmazonSmile program!
We love you all. Take care of yourselves, pray for each other, check back often, and always remember that Love Comes First.
In these past weeks I have missed the ministry that Devyn and Kathleen brings us weekly. This song the choir sings has been on my mind alot
Fernando Ortega / Give me Jesus 1999
We are all set for Wednesday Bible Study this evening at 6:30 via conference call! All are welcome!
If you would like to join our journey through the Book of Daniel (tonight we experience Chapter 3), we welcome you to call in using the phone number and PIN below. The call begins at 6:30 PM CST. We will be on as the host 10 minutes prior to start time, so feel free to call in up to 10 minutes early.
Stay tuned in future weeks for the option to participate via video conference.
For tonight, call 216-525-9343 and enter PIN 648 288 554 # (last character is pound sign).
We look forward to talking to you this evening!
Here is a prayer we can all use during this time
What Bible quote are you hearing or feeling today? I am feeling grateful that even though we are physically apart we can still gather to support each other. Love One Another, Laura
Matthew 18:20 The Message (MSG)
18-20 “Take this most seriously: A yes on earth is yes in heaven; a no on earth is no in heaven. What you say to one another is eternal. I mean this. When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.”
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They won't let anyone volunteer so we send our prayers of protection to you and those you work with and meet along the way. We love you!
ntfb.org With everything that is happening in the world its nice to know that there are people out there helping. As a mobile pantry coordinator for the North Texas Food Bank, I take great pride in the role that the team and I play in ensuring that neighbors in need get access to healthy foods.
In addition to being committed to continued delivery of worship services via Facebook Live and bible studies via conference call, we also remain committed to keeping our prayers up to date. It's times like these in which they are needed most.
We welcome and encourage you to continue sending your prayer requests. We can safely accept them via email at [email protected] or via telephone at 214-320-0043. Our operating hours and on-site staff are both limited to abide by shelter-in-place orders. However, emails and voicemail are monitored regularly. We will ensure your messages are retrieved and your requests are included.
Be safe out there and stay sheltered at home as much as is possible.
Love comes first!
Love One Another! Reach out to each other.
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For the sake of the health of our congregants, and per Dallas County edict and CDC recommendations, our chapel at Owenwood Farm and Neighbor Space remains closed in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
While we are unable to meet in person as a congregation for Sunday worship, we remain committed and eager to worship together in the closest manner possible.
Please join us tomorrow at 10:45am by viewing our Facebook Live feed for Sunday worship service, led by Pastor Todd Bacon and Deacon Micheal Conway.
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MARCH 22nd AT 10:45
Years ago, anthropologist Margaret Mead was asked by a student what she considered to be the first sign of civilization in a culture. The student expected Mead to talk about fishhooks or clay pots or grinding stones.
Mead said that the first sign of civilization in an ancient culture was a femur (thighbone) that had been broken and then healed. Mead explained that in the animal kingdom, if you break your leg, you die. You cannot run from danger, get to the river for a drink or hunt for food. You are meat for prowling beasts. No animal survives a broken leg long enough for the bone to heal.
A broken femur that has healed is evidence that someone has taken time to stay with the one who fell, has bound up the wound, has carried the person to safety and has tended the person through recovery. Helping someone else through difficulty is where civilization starts, Mead said.
We are at our best when we serve others. Be civilized.
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Thank you Pastor Douglas, Pastor Todd, Daniel and Michael for making today's service possible.
In response to the second video and the announcement that Pastor Douglas is resigning, we are calling for a Congregational Meeting in two weeks as per our By-Laws. The leadership understands it will probably not be possible to actually hold the meeting on the 29th, but we are obliged to call it. We will hold it the first Sunday we can again meet in person. An agenda will be posted on our website as well as any required documents.
The Church Council is the Executive Board chartered through the By-Laws to attend to business in between Congregational Meetings. We will meet through the grace of technology and insure that preparations to maintain the continuity and support of the spiritual and administrative tasks of the church are taken care of.
We will communicate with our active members as decisions are made. Love to you all, Laura
[03/15/20] We will be online in just a few.
[03/15/20] Our apologies. The conference bridge for Bible Study did not go smoothly. Only a few made it in. We will have an alternate solution before Bible Study on Wednesday. Please tune in at 10:45 for our live stream.
We are being cautious! No worship gathering this coming Sunday. Tune in to facebook at our normal worship time for an intimate time of worship an d the word.
The Dallas County edict last night said that gatherings of 10 or more compromised individuals was unwise. We are a community of those with compromised immune systems. I know we are all torn with wanting to serve and being safe. The reality is we may be compromising people in our efforts to serve them. In light of that we are cancelling in person church gatherings through the end of March. We will re-evaluate on the 26th and hopefully be back together for Palm Sunday, April 5.
Friends is cancelled until the second Saturday in April, 11.
North Texas Food Bank has closed deliveries so that is cancelled until possibly April 11.
Bible Study will be held via conference call at the normally scheduled times on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings..
Sunday services will be taped in advance and posted on Facebook during our normal service time.
Committee meetings, as needed, will also be held via conference call.
Conference Call Information -
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The Church Office will remain open for telephone calls during normal business hours Tuesday - Thursday.
A donation button has been added here so you can tithe if you generally do so in person. We also have the PayPal on the church website.
Stay safe. Reach out to each other, especially those who are most vulnerable. May God bless you and yours. Love one another.
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