Through adoration and abandonment, Jesus persisted toward his cross and his throne.
Pastoral helps for personal confession
Whoever confesses and forsakes his transgressions will obtain mercy (Proverbs 28:13).
We live our lives before God, and nothing is hidden from him. He knows what we think, say and do, and he know if it is for good or evil. So a daily personal audit, a time of review and confession, makes sane spiritual sense, especially during Holy Week. Here are three prayers that, if prayed with an engaged heart, can help focus your thoughts during a time of confession.
First, there’s the famous prayer of confession from The Book of Common Prayer:
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us, that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your name. Amen.
The following prayer is an excerpt from a longer one found in The Valley of Vision, an excellent collection of puritan prayers;
Holy Lord, I have sinned times without number and been guilty of pride and unbelief, of failure to find your mind in your Word, of neglect to seek you in my daily life. My transgressions and short-comings present me with a list of accusations. But I thank you that they will not stand against me, for all have been laid on Christ.
This one, adapted from The Book of Common Worship, reminds us of God’s grace to change us in the future:
Gracious God, my sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo. Forgive what my lips tremble to name, what my heart can no longer bear, and what has become for me a consuming fire of judgment. Set me free from a past that I cannot change; open to me a future in which I can be changed; and grant me grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image; through Jesus Christ, the light of the world.
Adult Ed: A Time for War, And a Time for Peace? Framing a Christian Response to Conflict: This class will now be held in Harris Hall. April 1 will be the final class for this course.
Adult Ed: “Jeremiah”: Will meet on Easter, but will not meet on April 8.
Haiti Luncheon: The Haiti team will share about their mission trip experiences, on Sunday, after the second service. Join us in Harris Hall for a light luncheon. All are welcome!
Maundy Thursday: March 29 at 7:30 p.m. Please join us for service, communion, and Tenebrae.
Good Friday Prayer Assembly
Destroying the Works of the Devil
March 31, 2018
12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Stone Hill Church Youth Room
The Son of God came so that He might destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8).
Let us not be ignorant of Satan’s devices. He is the prince of the power of the air. He is the ruler of this present darkness. He is the spirit now at work in the people of disobedience. But our Savior and Lord, Jesus of Nazareth, God’s Messiah and Almighty King, has come, died, and risen to destroy the works of Satan. So this Good Friday noon, at the time when Jesus was dying, come together with other Christians in order to own that death and through it topple Satan’s vain accomplishments. Come together in order to do spiritual battle through prayer. Come together to stand against the evil one in this evil day. We will pray Christ’s truth, righteousness, power, and love against five strongholds of deception and evil in our day.
Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 1. We will have three services on Easter. Please join us at 8 a.m. for a communion service or join us at 9:30 a.m. or 11:10 a.m. for our traditional service without communion.
Newcomer Connection: Sunday, April 1. Invite your friends to Easter service and get to know Stone Hill Church better. Meet with Pastor Matt as well as other church leaders. We will meet in the Library after the 9:30 a.m. and 11:10 a.m. services.
Extended Family: This month only we will meet a week early, Wednesday, April 4 at 11:30 a.m. in the library. It is our delight to have Rakhee Mathais as our guest speaker. She has an incredible testimony and gift of ministry. Come let her touch your heart. Bring a friend.
Stone Hill 101: Want to learn all about Stone Hill in the shortest amount of time? This class will cover the history, doctrine, belief, government, and membership process of Stone Hill Church. You will also be able to identify your best fit to serve on a team by exploring how God has uniquely wired you. This class is designed for everyone and serves as a membership prerequisite. This class will be held at 11:10 a.m. in the Library each Sunday from April 8 to April 29. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Jin Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Choir Concert: The Stone Hill Arts Series | Sacred Edition presents the Spring Choir Concert on Saturday, April 14 at 7 p.m. The choir will perform Mendelssohn's Elijah. Free admission; light refreshments after the concert. Invite a friend!