St Andrews Lent-Easter Letter 2021

From April 3rd, 2021, St. Andrew’s Sunday Worship services will be at 15% capacity in the Sanctuary, with an over-flow capability in the Church Hall (also at 15% capacity.) We also live-stream our Worship services.

  

For “on-line” Worship Services, please see below:

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, April 11, 2021

“Isn’t It Funny?” (John 20:19-31)

Music Links:

A special “Thank you” to the Bluegrass musicians, Doug Meloche and Albert Morency!

Lord Of The Dance – BBC’s Songs of Praise

 

An On-line “Service” for  Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021

“I Have Seen The Lord!” (John 20:1-18)

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Music Links:

Jesus is Alive – CityAlight

Christ is Risen – Praise and Harmony Singers

Thine Be The Glory – BBC’s Songs of Praise

 

An On-line “Service” for  Good Friday, April 2, 2021

“Good Friday Reflections from Mark’s Gospel”

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Music Links:

My Song is Love Unknown – BBC’s Songs of Praise

O Sacred Head, Sore Wounded – Passion Chorale

When I Survey The Wondrous Cross – BBC’s Songs of Praise

 

An On-line “Service” for  Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021

Sermon: “The King is Coming!” (Mark 11:1-11)

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Music Links:

All Glory, Laud, and Honor – First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska

Ride On, Ride On In Majesty – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Hosanna, Loud Hosanna – First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska

Bonus Song

Graham Kendrick – Meekness and Majesty

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, March 21, 2021

Sermon: “Good News For Everybody!” (John 12:20-33)

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Music Links:

I Hear Thy Welcome Voice – BBC’s Songs of Praise

I Cannot Tell – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Now Thank We All Our God – First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, March 14, 2021

Sermon: “The Cross: Love, Medicine, and Justice” (John 3:14-21)

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Music Links:

Lift High The Cross – BBC’s Songs of Praise

O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go – First Methodist Houston

Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer – BBC’s Songs of Praise

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, March 7, 2021

Sermon: “God’s Presence is Where?” (John 2:13-22)

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Music Links:

Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise – BBC’s Songs of Praise

What Wondrous Love Is This? – St. Olaf College

I Am The Bread Of Life – BBC’s Songs of Praise

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, February 28, 2021

Sermon: “Take Up Your Cross” (Mark 8:31-38)

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Music Links:

Thy Hand, O God, Has Guided – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Will You Come and Follow Me – First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, February 21, 2021

Sermon: “I Believe, Help My Unbelief” (Mark 9:14-29)

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Music Links:

Christ is Made the Sure Foundation – BBC’s Songs of Praise

What a Friend we have in Jesus – First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska

Be Thou My Vision – BBC’s Songs of Praise

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, February 14, 2021

Sermon: “The View From Here” (Mark 9:2-10)

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Music Links:

Crown Him With Many Crowns – Fountainview Academy

Angel Voices, Ever Ringing – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Jesus, Take Us To The Mountain – First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, February 7, 2021

Sermon: “Whole-Bodied Salvation” (Mark 2:1-12)

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Music Links:

All Creatures of our God and King – First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska

When Jesus The Healer Passed Through Galilee – Christina Stel

I Will Sing the Wondrous Story – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Bonus Song:

All Creatures of our God and King  – SovereignGraceMusic

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, January 31, 2021

Sermon: “Partnering With God” (Luke 24: 45-50; 2 Cor 5:16 – 6:2)

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Music Links:

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God – First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska

One More Step Along The Road I Go – Billy Doze

Shine, Jesus, Shine – BBC’s Songs of Praise

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, January 24, 2021

Sermon: “God is Love – and Love Trusts” (1 Cor 13:4-13; 1 John 4:7-16)

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Music Links:

God Is Love, Let Heaven Adore Him – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Come Down O Love Divine – Brookline Consort

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling – First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska

Bonus Song:

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, January 17, 2021

Sermon: “In God We Trust” (Prov 3:1-8; Heb 11:1-3; 8-16)

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Music Links:

Praise My Soul the King of Heaven – BBC’s Songs of Praise

I Heard The Voice of Jesus Say – First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska

Great Is Thy Faithfulness – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Bonus Song:

Praise My Soul the King of Heaven – Graham Kendrick and Martin Smith

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, January 10, 2021

Sermon: “By Water and The Spirit” (Mark 1:1-11; Acts 19:1-7)

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Music Links:

Praise to the Lord the Almighty – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Make Me A Channel of Your Peace – Tessera

On Jordan’s Bank – Grosse Pointe Memorial Church (Michigan) Virtual Choir

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, January 3, 2021

Sermon: “A New Beginning, A New Hope” (Matt 2:1-12)

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Music Links:

The First Nowell – First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska

As With Gladness Men of Old – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Morning Has Broken – Gaither Music

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, December 27, 2020

Music Links:

Christians Awake – BBC’s Songs of Praise

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear – The Stairwell Carollers

Angels We Have Heard On HighGaither Music

 

An On-line “Service” for  Christmas Eve, December 24, 2020

Thank you to all our readers, to the members of St. Andrew’s Choir, and to Matthew Kulbacki, for participating in our service this evening. A special “thank you” to Spencer Hawkins for recording and editing the material.

Music Links:

O Come All Ye Faithful – BBC’s Songs of Praise

What child is this? – The Petersens

Once in Royal David’s City – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – The Worship Society

We Three Kings – The Hound + The Fox

Joy to the World – Keith and Krystin Getty

Bonus Song:

Away in a Manger – Monica Scott Music

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, December 13, 2020

Sermon: “What Does God’s Salvation Look Like?” (Isaiah 61:1-11; Luke 1:46-55)

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Music Links:

Hark a Thrilling Voice is Sounding – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Hark the Glad Sound the Savior Comes – First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska

Long Ago Prophets Knew – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Advent 3 Preparation: Christmas According to Kids!

Bonus Song:

Tell Out My Soul – BBC’s Songs of Praise

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, December 6, 2020

Sermon: “Here is Your God!” (Isaiah 40:1-11; Mark 1:1-8)

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Note: Due to technical problems, this is only the last portion of the Service. (About 90% of the sermon is present; text for the rest is above.)

Music Links:

Prepare the Way, O Zion – First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska

On Jordan’s Bank  – Canto Deo Choirs

Comfort, Comfort You My People – First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska

Advent 2 Preparation: A Christmas Story

Bonus Song:

Lo, How A Rose E’er BloomingEly Cathedral

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, November 29, 2020

Sermon: “From ‘Why?’ To Waiting In Hope” (Isaiah 64:1-9)

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Music Links:

Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel

Come thou long-expected Jesus – Northland Church

Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending – The Stairwell Carollers

Advent 1 Preparation: Star of Wonder

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, November 22, 2020

Sermon: “The King Is Coming!” (Matt 25:31-46)

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Music Links: 

Crown Him With Many Crowns – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Jesus Shall Reign Where’er The Sun – First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska

Rejoice The Lord is King – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Bonus Songs:

All Hail The Power of Jesus NameFirst Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska

That’s My King!

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, November 15, 2020

Sermon: “A Generous Master and the Fearful Servant” (Matt 25:14-30)

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Music Links: 

Ye Servants of God  – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind – BBC’s Songs of Praise

God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending – First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska

Bonus Song: Love Divine All Loves Excelling  – BBC’s Songs of Praise

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, November 8, 2020 – Remembrance Sunday

Sermon: “Waiting, Trusting, and Living in Hope” (1 Thess 4:13-18)

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Music Links: 

O God, Our Help In Ages Past  – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace – BBC’s Songs of Praise

My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less – First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, November 1, 2020

Sermon: “Be Prepared!” (Matt 25:1-12)

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Music Links: 

For All The Saints – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Fight the Good Fight – First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska

Oh For A Thousand Tongues To Sing – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Bonus Song: Give Me Oil In My LampNathan Jess

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, October 25, 2020

Sermon: “Give to God What is God’s” (Matt 22:15-22, 34-40)

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Music Links: 

The Church’s One Foundation – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Fight the Good FightFirst Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska

O Jesus, I Have Promised – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Bonus Song: Joyful, Joyful, We Adore YouTommy Walker Ministries

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, October 18, 2020 – Guest Speaker: Rev. Shirley Murdock

Music Links: 

Praise Him, Praise Him – Loma Linda University Church

God Will Take Care of You – Fountainview Academy

Let All Things Now Living – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Great Is Thy Faithfulness – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Bonus Song: Let All Things Now LivingFirst Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, October 11, 2020 – Thanksgiving Sunday

Sermon: “Live a Life Worthy of God’s Grace” (Matt 22:1-14)

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Music Links:

Come, Ye Thankful People Come – BBC’s Songs of Praise

For The Fruits Of All Creation – First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska

For The Beauty Of The Earth – The Worship Network

Now Thank We All Our God – BBC’s Songs of Praise

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, August 30, 2020

Sermon: “Risky Faith that Trusts and Acts” (Matt 14:22-33)

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Music Links:

Eternal Father Strong to Save – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Give to the Winds Thy Fears – First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska

He Will Hold Me Fast – Shane & Shane

Great is Thy Faithfulness – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Bonus Song: Jesus Calls Us! – BBC’s Songs of Praise

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, August 23, 2020

Sermon: “God’s Compassion and Lavish Provision” (Matt 14:13-21)

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Music Links:

Praise My Soul the King of Heaven – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Break Thou The Bread of Life – Fountainview Academy

The Goodness of Jesus  – CityAlight

Lord of All Hopefulness – BBC’s Songs of Praise

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, July 19, 2020

Sermon: “Why Doesn’t God Do Something?” (Matt 13:24-30, 36-43)

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Music Links:

Come, Ye Thankful People, Come – First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska

Shepherd  – CityAlight

Is He Worthy? – Andrew Peterson

Oh Worship The King, All Glorious Above – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Bonus Song: Is He Worthy? – Shane & Shane

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, July 12, 2020

Sermon: “Listen, Understand, Grow, and Persevere” (Matt 13:1-9, 18-23)

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Music Links:

We Plough the Fields and Scatter – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Knowing You – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Take My Life – Norton Hall Band

We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations – First Methodist Houston

Bonus Song: Thy Word is a Light to my Feet – Amy Grant

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, July 5, 2020

Sermon: “Do We ‘Get It’ Yet?” (Matt 11:16-19, 25-30; 12:15-21)

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Music Links:

When Morning Gilds the Skies – First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska

Fairest Lord Jesus – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Jesus, Strong and Kind  – CityAlight

How Great Thou Art – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Bonus Song: Hope Has a NameOne & All Worship

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, June 28, 2020

Sermon: “It’s OK to Doubt; It’s Better to Hope” (Matt 10:16-20; 11:1-15)

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Music Links:

All Things Bright and Beautiful – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing – Shane & Shane

All My Hope on God is Founded – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Hymn: God of Love, Let Heaven Adore Him – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Bonus Song: God of Love, Let Heaven Adore Him – BBC’s Songs of Praise

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, June 21, 2020, Father’s Day

Sermon: “Jesus: A Chip Off the Old Block” (John 5:16-23; 14:8-11)

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Music Links:

Great is Thy Faithfulness – BBC’s Songs of Praise

This is My Father’s World – Wheaton Academy Concert Choir

Faith of Our Fathers – Fountainview Academy

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Bonus Song: Faith of Our Fathers – Nashville Notes

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, June 14, 2020, Anniversary Sunday

Sermon: “Commissioned by Christ” (Matt 9:35-38; 10:5-15)

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Music Links:

Thy Hand, O God, has guided – BBC’s Songs of Praise

I, The Lord of Sea and Sky – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Freely, Freely – TheNCrew

Our God is For Us – CityAlight

Guide me, O Thy Great Redeemer – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Bonus Song: Pass It OnTheNCrew  This is another “campfire” song written by Kurt Kaiser (1969) and was popular in the 1970’s – 50 years ago: wow, that takes me back! This song also goes well with the theme today.

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, June 7, 2020, Trinity Sunday

Sermon: “The Supremacy of Christ” (Col 1:15-20; 2:6-10)

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Music Links:

Holy, Holy, Holy – First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska

This I Believe (The Creed) – Hill Song

All Creatures of Our God and King – Norton Hall Band

O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise – BBC’s Songs of Praise

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, May 31, 2020, Pentecost Sunday

Sermon: “God’s Spirit is Given Lavishly to His People” (Acts 2:1-21 )

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Music Links:

Come Down O Love Divine – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Breathe on me Breath of God – Snowmass Chapel

Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God – Keith & Kristyn Getty

Shine, Jesus, Shine – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Bonus Song: Breathe on me Breath of God – BBC’s Songs of Praise

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, May 24, 2020, Ascension Sunday (with Holy Communion)

Sermon: “Our Sufferings Do Not Escape God’s Notice” (1 Peter  4:12-14; 5:6-11 )

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Music Links:

Rejoice, The Lord Is King – Mountain Brook Baptist Church

Jesus Shall Reign Where’er The Sun – First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska

Fight the Good Fight – First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska

Ancient Words – Northland Church

At the Name of Jesus – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Bonus Song: Rejoice, The Lord Is King – BBC’s Songs of Praise

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, May 17, 2020

Sermon: “Turn Away From Evil, Do Good; Seek Peace and Follow After It” (1 Peter 3:8-16)

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Music Links:

Praise My Soul the King of Heaven – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind – BBC’s Songs of Praise

He Leadeth Me – Fountainview Academy

Love Divine All Loves Excelling – The Sanctuary Choir, The Cathedral Choir of Young Men and Boys, The Cecilian Carolers 

Bonus Song: Love Divine All Loves Excelling from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, May 10, 2020

Sermon: “Living Stones” (1 Peter 2:2-20)

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Music Links:

The Church’s One Foundation – Duke Chapel

You that know the Lord is gracious – BBC’s Songs of Praise

10,000 Reasons – Matt Redman

Christ is Made the Sure Foundation – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Benediction – UK Blessing

Bonus Song: 10,000 Reasons (with Matt Redman – songwriter) from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, May 3, 2020

Sermon: “As Slaves of God, Live as Free People” (1 Peter 2:11-25)

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Music Links:

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God – Virtual Choir

Psalm 23 – Heritage Church Children’s Choir

Yet Not I, But Christ in Me – CityAlight

To God Be The Glory – BBC’s Songs of Praise

Bonus Song: Zach Williams – No Longer Slaves

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, April 26, 2020

Sermon: “New Life, New Lifestyle” (1 Peter 1:3-9, 13-23)

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Music Links:

Christ is Alive – Forest Lake Church

Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks to the Risen Lord  – First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska

My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less – Norton Hall Band

And Can It Be – BBC’s Songs of Praise

 

An On-line “Service” for  Sunday, April 19, 2020

Sermon: “The  Risen Jesus Encounters Thomas” (John 20:19-31)

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Music Links:

The Strife is O’er – Kings College Choir, Cambridge, UK

The Lord’s Prayer – Andrea Bocelli  

Lord Of The Dance – First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska

Jesus is Alive – CityAlight

Crown Him With Many Crowns – BBC’s Songs of Praise

 

An On-line “Service” for Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020

Sermon: “The Resurrection: What Happened and What Does it all Mean?”

(Matthew 28:1-10, 16-20)

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Music Links:

Jesus Christ Is Risen Today – Kings College Choir, Cambridge, UK

In Christ Alone – Celtic Worship

Hail The Day That Sees Him Rise – First Methodist Houston

Thine Be The Glory – BBC’s Songs of Praise

 

An On-line “Service” for Good Friday, April 10, 2020, with

“The Reflections on Good Friday from the Perspective of Matthew” (Matthew 27:33-54 and Psalm 22)

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Music Links:

With grateful thanks to BBC’s Songs of Praise

O Sacred Head, Sore Wounded – William Rennekamp

What Wondrous Love is This – Chelsea Moon with the Franz Brothers

 

Readings For Holy Week   

                      An Addition to the Commandments!

Holy Week Old Testament Psalm New Testament Gospel
Monday Isaiah 42:1-9 36:5-11 Hebrews 9:11-15 John 12:1-11
Tuesday Isaiah 49:1-7 71:1-14 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 John 12:20-36
Wednesday Isaiah 50:4-9a 70 Hebrews 12:1-3 John 13:21-32
Maundy Thursday Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14 116:1-2, 12-19 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Good Friday Isaiah 52:13-53:12 22 Hebrews 10:16-25 John 18:1-19:42
Holy Saturday Job 14:1-14 31:1-4, 15-16 1 Peter 4:1-8 John 19:38-42

An “On-line “Service” for Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020

Sermon: “The Faithfulness of Jesus The Messiah” (Matthew 21:1-11)

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Music Links:

With grateful thanks to BBC’s Songs of Praise

First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska

 

An “On-line “Service” for March 29, 2020; Sermon: “In Whom Do We Put Our Trust?” (John 11:1-45)

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Music Links:

Be Thou My Vision – Nathan Pacheco

Because He Lives (Amen) – West Coast Choir

I Am the Bread of Life – The Notre Dame Folk Choir

You Raise Me Up – Selah

Video Edited By: Spencer Hawkins (spencerhawkins15@gmail.com)

 

A Sermon for March 22, 2020: “Asking the Wrong Question” (John 9:1-5)

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