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.


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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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He Is Risen!

Today is Resurrection Sunday, what most people call “Easter.” It’s the most meaningful celebration on the Christian calendar. We invite you to worship our risen Lord with us today. Whether it will be your first time with us or you’ve been coming to our church all your life, we extend the warmest welcome and pray that you may thoroughly enjoy our service. Our heart’s desire is that you will experience a life-changing relationship with God and with others through the resurrection power of Jesus Christ.

Our worship service begins at 10:30 and will last just a little over an hour. Call 618-952-4909 or 618-983-5254 if you need a ride.

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Who's Really Your King?

Psalm 24, ESV
1The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, 2for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. 3Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? 4He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. 5He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation. 6Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah 7Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. 8Who is this King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle! 9Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. 10Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory! Selah

  • Who is the King of the world? –Jesus
  • Whowhat in the world is He King over? –Everyone & everything
  • Who will enter the King’s presence? –Those who are obedient
  • Who is open to the King when He comes? –Those who are ready for His arrival


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