Easter Recap

What a Glorious Day!

Easter Sunrise in Johnston City

“Like Jesus’ friends visiting the tomb, our day started before sunrise,” says Pastor Keith Fletcher. The Fletchers have a private tradition of having a “family sunrise service” of their own on Easter morning,. “Sarah and I went out on the deck to watch the eastern sky. God had used two jet pilots to draw a cross in the sky over Johnston City just as the sun was rising.”  This amazing “sign” and beautiful sunrise was a subtle reminder that the mission of our church is to lift up the Cross for our community. In John 12:32, Jesus said, “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” (ESV)

The rest of the morning was cool but pleasant as we gathered at JCity Church to celebrate Christ’s resurrection. As people gathered in, some came early and enjoyed a delicious breakfast, while others sat under the capable teaching of Roger Legendre in his adult Sunday school class. Pastor Keith welcomed our guests and offered them a free book by Thom Rainer, We Want You Here. This book communicates what we as a church would like to offer you and your family.

After a couple traditional Easter hymns accompanied by piano and organ, our adult choir presented three contemporary arrangements of songs focusing on Christ’s death and resurrection. Scripture readings interspersed between the songs built up to a climax in our theme song for the Easter season, Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me).

We are so thankful for all who joined us for this very special service. If you didn’t get a chance to come, but would like to watch the service at your convenience, here is a live recording of the service.

 

Seder (Passover) Supper Rescheduled

Our Seder (Passover) Supper previously planned for Good Friday has been rescheduled. You are invited to a Seder for the whole family Friday, April 6, 6:30pm. A Seder is a celebration of the Jewish Passover as Christ as His disciples did before His crucifixion.

This is a family event. Parents, grandparents, and children are encouraged to participate. If you plan to attend our church’s seder on Friday night, please RSVP by phone, text, or email. You may provide food for the meal if you wish, but some dishes are more appropriate at a Seder meal than others. Please contact Marta Phillips or Sarah Fletcher for suggestions.

Easter Will Be a ‘Glorious Day’

In 1909, a Presbyterian pastor and evangelist penned these words:

One day when heaven was filled with His praises,
One day when sin was as black as could be,
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin—
Dwelt among men, my example is He!

Living, He loved me; dying, He saved me;
Buried, He carried my sins far away;
Rising, He justified freely forever:
One day He’s coming—O glorious day!

This is the first verse and refrain of the classic hymn “One Day” by J. Wilbur Chapman.  In our hymnals today, the song usually has five verses that cumulatively proclaim  the gospel. Each verse is an exposition of one line of the chorus. The song poetically tells the entire story of Christ’s glorious pre-existence, humble birth, perfect life, sacrificial death, powerful resurrection, and promised Second Coming.

In 2009, the contemporary Christian band Casting Crowns released a new version of this song. It became a hit single on Christian radio and even made it to the top of the charts on some secular stations.  Here’s Mark Hall explaining what’s so special about this song and why the band felt it needed to be reintroduced to the church.


We have chosen “Glorious Day” as the theme song for church’s celebration of Christ’s Resurrection (Easter). On March 11, our pastor began a series of sermons based on this song and the Scriptures it is based on. You can listen to these sermons as audio podcasts on this website (Sermons page).

We hope you will join us in the next few weeks leading up to Easter and beyond. Our choir will be singing on Palm Sunday (March 25) and on Easter Sunday morning (April 1). Our morning worship begins at 10:30 but you are welcome to come early to enjoy an adult Sunday school class (9:30) or just to hang out the foyer or fellowship hall and enjoy coffee and refreshments. We will serve a full breakfast Easter Sunday at 9:30 am. Handicap-accessible buss transportation is available every Sunday morning. Please call 618-983-5254 if you need assistance.

Global Hymn Sing

Our church will participate in a Global Hymn Sing, Sunday morning, February 28.  29% of the world’s population live in places where they have little or no access to a Bible, a church or a believer. That’s over 2 billion individuals, or 6,900 people groups that are considered unreached and in need of someone sent from outside their community to share Jesus with them.

This year our church to join thousands across the globe from many nations to lift voices together and sing this setting of Psalm 72, proclaiming in faith that one day:

Jesus shall reign where’re the sun,
Does its successive journeys run,
His kingdom stretch from shore to shore,
Till moons shall wax and wane no more.”

“Jesus Shall Reign” has been a famous missionary hymn for generations and was sung by the great missionary and Olympic sprinter Eric Liddell (Chariots of Fire) at the train station in Edinburgh as he embarked on a missionary journey to China. While interned during World War 2, Eric served alongside China Inland Mission (now OMF) workers, along with other organizations. He even gave his running shoes to a CIM mission kid named Steve Metcalfe, who he challenged to become a missionary to the Japanese, which he did!