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Journey With Jesus to the Cross
March 28, 2015

"Jesus stopped and said, 'Call him.' So they called to the blind man, 'Cheer up! On your feet! he's calling you.' Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. 'What do you want me to do for you?' Jesus asked him. The blind man said, 'Rabbi, I want to see.' 'Go,' said Jesus, 'your faith has healed you.' Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road."
~ Mark 10.49-52

Prepare the Way

     Tomorrow (Palm Sunday), we complete our journey along the way with Jesus toward the cross in Mark's gospel. We will celebrate Jesus' entry into Jerusalem with coats and palms. I encourage you to read Mark 10.46-52 and Isaiah 35.1-10 prior to our time together tomorrow morning.

coatsLaying Down Our Coats for the King: 

     In addition to laying palm branches to cover the way on which Jesus traveled on Palm Sunday, many within the crowd took off their cloaks and spread them before Jesus.
     This Palm Sunday (tomorrow, March 29), we will have an opportunity to lay down our coats in service of the King. The Valley Church children and youth will be collecting coats for distribution to those who don't have appropriate winter clothing next winter. If you have coats or jackets in good condition that no longer fit or that you no longer wear, please consider bringing them early tomorrow morning and giving them to the kids. They will be laying the coats out for the Palm Sunday procession, and then they will be distributed through Project Concern and the local schools next fall.

Sunday Mornings:
Coffee: 9:15 a.m.
Worship Service:
10:00 a.m.

That we might better pray for one another:

     We pray for Doris Pitcher and the Pitcher family as they mourn the passing of Jim.
     We pray for healing and for God's presence and peace to be with Barb Hover, and with Barbie and Jim Aukema, and the rest of Barb's family as they care for her.
     We pray for healing for Holly Nelson as she continues to recover from a concussion.
     We rejoice with Jenni DeYoung as she celebrates a year of being cancer free!
     We rejoice with Rod and Daryl Whitacre as they celebrate fifty years of marriage.
     We give thanks for the adult and the teen volunteers, and pray for continued strength and energy for the final Kids' Night Out on April 11.
     We pray for that those in the greater Binghamton area who would benefit from Faith & Finances would hear about the course and that God would guide the Faith & Finances advisory team as we think about a launch at a later time.
     We pray for God's world: for those who are persecuted for their faith around the world, and for those who are being called to witness to Jesus Christ with their blood; for restoration, renewal, and justice for the people of Haiti; for those committed to peace in Ukraine and Russia; for God's miraculous intervention in the Middle East, that the hearts and minds of the people living there, and that whole cultures, would begin to bend toward peace, and that God's church would continue to proclaim and embody the good news of God's reign there.
     We pray for friends and family: for Beth Cunningham-Blake's great-niece MacKenzie; for Jim and Marsha Conrad's friend Dick who was just diagnosed with cancer; for Justin Byma's uncle Ed, who is battling cancer; for Jim and Dorris Pitcher and their daughter as they mourn the death of Lee Allard; for healing and encouragement for Adam Derzanovich as he continues his recovery following surgery; we give thanks for the healing David Derzanovich's brother-in-law Bill has received, and we continue to pray for Tim; for strength and energy for Alistair Krempel.

Sunday Morning Ministries for
March 29, 2015:

Cindy Krempel

Doug Aukema and Herleen DeYoung

Intercessory Prayer:
Florence Doller

Scripture Reader:
Florence Doller

Herleen DeYoung and Liz Bennett
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1452 River Road
Binghamton, New York 13901

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