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Good Friday
Good Friday ~ March 25, 2016

"Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, 'I am thirsty.' A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, 'It is finished.' With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit."
~ John 19.28-30

     On this Good Friday, we remember and give thanks for the work of God in Jesus Christ, for Jesus' atoning death, taking on the sins of humanity and the wrath of God in our stead. We remember and celebrate this day, though, because we know that in only a few days' time we will celebrate Easter Sunday and the reality of Jesus' resurrection. Without Easter, Good Friday isn't good, nor is it any different from any other Friday on which the Roman empire hung any number of criminals on any number of crosses. An empty tomb, though, means that Jesus wasn't just another criminal, nor just another failed Messiah. Rather, he was and is the Messiah - the anointed King, not just of the Jewish people, but of the whole world. So, as we go through the remainder of this Good Friday and through Holy Saturday, we need not fear the journey with Jesus into the darkness of death and the tomb, for we know that Easter resurrection light awaits him and us on the other side.
     As we gather together this Sunday, we will celebrate Jesus' victory over death on Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday, focusing on John's account about the empty tomb and Jesus' first appearances to his followers. I encourage you to read John 20.1-23 prior to our gathering. If you would like the larger Good Friday through Easter Sunday context, I encourage you to read John 18.1 - 20.23.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

No Sunday School on Easter Sunday:
     There will be no Sunday School this Sunday.

Easter Sunrise Service and Potluck Breakfast
     This Sunday we will once again gather with our brothers and sisters in Christ from the First Church of Christ for an early service to celebrate Jesus' resurrection. The sunrise service will begin at 8:00 a.m. Following the service we will join the First Church of Christ for a potluck breakfast. This year's service and breakfast will be at Valley's building.

Life Choices Center - Change for Life:
     If you took a bottle for the Life Choices Center's Change for Life campaign, please return it as soon as possible. There is a box in the room behind the sanctuary in which you can put your bottles.

Men's Lunch at Apple Hills:
     The men will gather for lunch and fellowship at Apple Hills on Thursday, March 31 at noon.

12851222544_5b91ca1777_o_4From the Deacons:

     We are many sided beings. We are made in the image of God, unique, complicated, individuals, set in a time and place, responding to nurture and nature, and we complicate things. This article from the CRC Network reminds us that sometimes we need to keep things complicated.


~ Valley Church ~
Gathered as God's family, we are sent into the world as agents of God's mission of renewal.

This Sunday:
Sunrise Service at 8:00, potluck breakfast following.
Easter Worship Service:
10:00 a.m.

That we might better pray for one another:

     We pray for healing for Holly Nelson and for peace and encouragement for the Nelson family as they await Holly's surgery (now scheduled for April 1).
     We pray for continued healing and freedom from pain for Cindy Krempel.
     We pray for strength and perseverance for the leadership of Kids' Night Out as they prepare for the final KNO of the season in April.
     We pray for continued guidance and energy for the various teams planning and implementing the community garden, and that God would guide our neighbors to join us as we seek to honor and steward his reign over all things as we garden together.

     We pray for the shalom of the greater Binghamton area, and for guidance as to specific ways we as individuals and as a church might partner with God as stewards of his reign to cultivate that shalom in the city of our exile.
     We pray for God's world: for ongoing restoration, renewal, and justice for the people of Haiti; for refugees fleeing violence around the world; for those who are persecuted for their faith around the world; for God's miraculous intervention in the Middle East.

     We pray for friends and family:
we continue to pray for healing for Adam Derzanovich; for Mike Corgan's nephew who is battling heroin addiction; for healing and rehabilitation for Marcus Doller's mother; for energy and strength for Alistair Krempel; we pray for those battling cancer: for Jim and Marsha Conrad's friend Judy, for Marcus Doller's friend Scott, for the DeYoungs' niece/cousin Terri; for the Petersons' friends Pat and Amy.

Sunday Morning Ministries for
March 27, 2016

Greeter: Cindy Krempel

Ushers: David Derzanovich and Jim Conrad

Intercessory Prayer: Florence Doller

Scripture Reader: Alec Peterson

Nursery: Jim & Sue Comfort

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1452 River Road
Binghamton, New York 13901

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