News from Isabel Acheson for issue of April 7, 2023
Somerset Bible Chapel
April 2 this year is celebrated as Palm Sunday and leads into the celebrations of Good Friday on the 7th and Easter Sunday on the 9th. The weather of the day was a wintery mix of rain and snow and some roadways were showing remnants of the blowing snow from the day before.
The worship service opened with Abe Klassen reviewing the announcements and the Picard family as the music team. Rejean opened with Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
The opening medley included “Lord, I Lift Your Name on High”, “Hosanna”, “Fairest Lord Jesus”, “How Deep The Father’s Love for Us” and “We will Glorify”.
Jonathan Timmerman served as usher with the piano solo “His Mercy is More” by Carol Picard during the collection. Byron Timmerman led the Prayer Focus.
Pastor Jeff Peacock conducted the Communion service. A reading from Exodus12:1-14, the instructions for the first Passover observance, and from Luke 22:7-23, the last Passover meal Jesus celebrated with the twelve Disciples before His Crucifixion, tied together the Shadow of the first with the Substance of the second. Jesus, in perfect timing became the Passover sacrifice once and for all.
Communion music included “The River” and “Living Hope” and singing resumed with “Grace Greater Than All our Sins” and “And Can It Be That I Should Gain”.
Pastor Jeff, in his series on the distinctives of the Reformation, used Ephesians 2:1-10 as his text. Salvation is “By Grace Alone, through Faith Alone”. No one can earn God’s forgiveness by their own merit. All are condemned by their own sinfulness. Only God can offer salvation as a free gift to pay the penalty for sin and to create spiritual life.
The sermon concluded with a video clip from the preacher Alistair Begg “The Man on the Middle Cross Said I Could Come” and reading Romans 5:1-2.
The closing chorus was “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”.