“At dawn on the first day, Mary Magdalene and another woman named Mary went to look at the tomb.” Matthew 28:1
Max Lucado in his book, “He Still Moves Stones”, reminds us that when Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to the tomb of Jesus, they were doing so out of duty. He called it “pure, naked devotion”. They expected nothing in return for finishing the burial preparation of the body of their Lord. What could Jesus give? What could a dead man have to offer them? The answer is nothing. They were going to the tomb to give, not receive. Max called this “Service prompted by duty”.
That is what real service is all about, giving and not expecting anything in return. Several volunteers will show up this Easter Sunday at 3:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. in order to start cooking and preparing the breakfast that you and our guests will eat for free at 8:00 a.m. These volunteers are not paid nor do they relish the idea of climbing out of a warm bed (while many of you are still sleeping), leaving their family to get ready by themselves, and putting on an apron instead of an Easter dress. Why do they do it? It is the call of duty to Christ called service. While you are eating your biscuits and gravy, drinking your coffee and juice, say a prayer of thanks for the Socials Committee, the Church Hostess, and the many volunteers who serve so selflessly so that others might be able to come and hear the resurrection story of Jesus.
What a tremendous day of worship last Sunday as we celebrated another successful Disciple Now weekend. The emphasis of following Christ was super. Everything went well and the speaker, band, leaders, host homes, and food providers were awesome. A big “Job Well Done” for our youth minister, Andrew, for the planning and preparation that took place. I know that many of our youth had their lives touched. Thank you, church family, for your support.
I want to invite you to come and attend our annual All Church Work Day at Fee Fee Baptist Church. On May 3 at 8:00 a.m., people will gather to clean away the old dead plants and bushes to plant the new. This is an exciting time of transformation for our church grounds. We need your help to plant, cut, and spread the mulch. Bring your gardening tools, put on your work clothes and join us as we transform our church grounds into a garden of beauty. Hope to see you there.
It was exciting to baptize five people last Sunday as we started our worship service. We have many more that will be baptized in the next few weeks. Baptism has a way of exciting the church body and pleasing God. Come and join us as we continue to reach people for Jesus.
See you in Church,