"And He went a little farther, and fell on His face, and prayed."
THERE are several instructive features in our Saviour's prayer in His hour of trail. It was lonely prayer . He withdrew even from His three favoured disciples. Believer, be much in solitary prayer,
especially in times of trial. Family prayer, social prayer, prayer in the Church, will not suffice, these are very precious, but the best beaten spice will smoke in your censer in your private devotions, where no ear hears but God's.
It was humble prayer . Luke says He knelt, but another evangelistsays He "fell on His face." Where, then, must be THY place, thou humble servant of the great Master? What dust and ashes should cover thy head! Humility gives us good foot-hold in prayer. There is no hope of prevalence with God unless we abase ourselves that He may exalt us in due time.
It was filial prayer . "Abba, Father." You will find it a stronghold in the day of trial to plead your adoption. You have no rights as a subject, you have forfeited them by your treason; but nothing can forfeit a child's right to a father's protection. Be not afraid to say, "My Father, hear my cry."
Observe that it was persevering prayer . He prayed three times. Cease not until you prevail. Be as the importunate widow, whose continual coming earned what her first supplication could not win. Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.
Lastly, it was the prayer of resignation . "Nevertheless, not as I will, but as Thou wilt." Yield, and God yields. Let it be as God wills, and God will determine for the best. Be thou content to leave thy prayer in His hands, who knows when to give, and how to give, and what to give, and what to withhold. So pleading, earnestly, importunately, yet with humility and resignation, thou shalt surely prevail.
Taken from Morning and Evening by Charles H. Spurgeon
In Loving Memory
Frank M. Levi III, the father of Rev. Levi, passed away March 23, 2011 at the age of 83. Our sympathies are extended to his wife Carol and the entire family.
LENT began on Ash Wednesday, March 9, 2011 . The first of the Soup Suppers and Lenten Services for this year were held at the church during March.
EVENING PRAYER SERVICE
The Rev. Philip Tjoelker began holding an Evening Prayer Service on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. It is a contemporary language service. Our goal is to attract individuals and families from the community. Do be in prayer for this ministry.
LOVE In the Name of Christ (Love INC)
This new organization is progressing. Seven churches are presently committed to this ministry of helping the needy in our community. The first training sessions were held on Friday evening, March 25, and Saturday, March 26.
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
There will be a Pot Luck Dinner Sunday, April 3, 2011 , that will precede the meeting after church. All members and attenders are encouraged to come.
SOUP SUPPERS & LENTEN SERVICES
There are two more Wednesday suppers and services: April 6 & 13. Supper at 6:30 p.m. Evening Service at 7:30 p.m. The offering will go to The Anglican Relief and Development Fund to help Christians in Japan.
PALM SUNDAY, April 17
The Sunday School children will process in waving palms.
GOOD FRIDAY SERVICES, April 22
Stations of the Cross at 3:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m.
Breakfast & Egg Hunt at 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School children & Preschool children will sing in the chapel at 10:10 a.m.
Easter Communion Service at 10:30 a.m.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
VBS is planned for June 20 – 24, 2011 from 9:00 - noon with the closing program at 1:00 on Friday, the 24 th . Lunch provided that day for the VBSers and workers. Be in much prayer for a successful VBS, children accepting Jesus as Savior and Christians growing stronger in the Lord.
MISSIONARY WORKERS OF THE MONTH
Please be in prayer for Rev. Canon Bill Jerdan, who was named Executive Secretary for the Reformed Episcopal Board of Foreign Missions on January 1, 2011 . He and his wife, Diane, need our prayers as they provide church development and pastoral training to others as they travel and do mission work. They recently have traveled and helped in Germany and West Africa . They will soon travel to Cambodia and Nepal to give assistance there. They are also in much need of our financial support along with our prayers. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
MOTHER/DAUGHTER SALAD SUPPER
Theme: SPRING GARDEN TEA PARTY
Saturday, May 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Adopt a daughter for the day and come or just come even
if you don't have a daughter as we are all daughters and
invited to this special event.
TINLEY PARK CRISIS CENTER
The Woman's Guild will be collecting items for the Tinley Park Crisis Center during April and May. A list of items to purchase is provided in the narthex at church.
RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE
Friday, June 3, & Sat., June 4, 2011
5 Beth Garrison
6 Cheryl Novak
7 Amelia Sellers
10 Danny Rago
21 Mark Levi
25 Gabriel Olajide
25 Gideon Olajide
28 Logan Sellers
Snow has vanished from the hill tops.
Daffodils from down below
Look up from the valley;
Like drops of gold they glow.
Soft clouds drift and float aloft.
Buds, each branch now, tightly fill.
There is a freshness in the air and
Birds call out with voices shrill.
Lovely are the April days,
Sunshine bright and then, a shower;
All reminding us that God
Daily shows to us His power.
By Helen Kitchell Evans
"I Know That My Redeemer Liveth"
They asked me how I know it's true
That the Saviour lived and died...
And if I believe the story
That the Lord was crucified?
And I have so many answers
To prove His Holy Being,
Answers that are everywhere
Within the realm of seeing...
The leaves that fell at autumn
And were buried in the sod
Now budding on the tree boughs
To lift their arms to God...
The flowers that were covered
And entombed beneath the snow
Pushing through the "darkness"
To bid the Spring "hello"...
On every side Great Nature
Retells the Easter Story –
So who am I to question
"The Resurrection Glory".
By Helen Steiner Rice