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.

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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!

 

 

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O Come, Let Us Adore Him

Our Christmas program is scheduled Sunday morning, December 17 at 10:30. Our adult choir will present a program of music entitled, O Come, Let Us Adore Him, in which our children will also participate. Afterward, we will enjoy a holiday luncheon consisting of soup and sandwiches. This will be a great time to invite your family and friends to join us in worship and fellowship.

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Community Thanksgiving Service, Nov. 19

The Johnston City Ministerial Alliance will host the annual Thanksgiving Community Service, Sunday, November 19, 6:00 pm at the Washington Avenue Baptist Church. Pastor Keith Fletcher will be the speaker that evening. We will enjoy a pie fellowship after the service. Please pray for this service and if you’d like to volunteer to bake a pie, please see the pastor.

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