WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25TH —
GOD SQUAD MEETS AT CASEY U.M.C.,
4 P.M. TO 5:30 P.M.
LENTEN SERVICES - GOOD SHEPHERD
LUTHERAN CHURCH THIS EVENING AT— 7 P.M.
SATURDAY, MARCH 28TH —
• A-C FOOD PANTRY IN CASEY U.M.C.
FROM 9 A.M. TO 11 A.M.
FROM 10 A.M. TO 3 P.M.
SUNDAY, MARCH 29TH —
THIS IS PALM SUNDAY
COLOR: RED OR PURPLE
Let the same mind be in you that was in
Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the
form of God, did not regard equality with
God as something to be exploited, but
emptied himself, taking the form of a
slave, being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form, he
humbled himself and became obedient
to the point of death-- even death on a
cross (Philippians 2:5-8, NRSV).
SCRIPTURE READINGS —
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
The Servant of the Lord will teach
faithfully despite opposition and acts of
physical rejection and violence that
come his way.
4-9 The Master, God, has given me
a well-taught tongue,
So I know how to encourage tired
He wakes me up in the morning,
Wakes me up, opens my ears
to listen as one ready to take orders.
The Master, God, opened my ears,
and I didn’t go back to sleep,
didn’t pull the covers back over my
I followed orders,
stood there and took it while they beat
held steady while they pulled out my
Didn’t dodge their insults,
faced them as they spit in my face.
And the Master, God, stays right there
and helps me,
so I’m not disgraced.
Therefore I set my face like flint,
confident that I’ll never regret this.
My champion is right here.
Let’s take our stand together!
Who dares bring suit against me?
Let him try!
Look! the Master, God, is right here.
Who would dare call me guilty?
Look! My accusers are a clothes bin of
socks and shirts, fodder for moths!
PSALM 31:9-16 (UMH 764)
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
The psalm expresses the personal pain
of one whose suffering at the hands of
others takes its toll.
6-13 I hate all this silly religion,
but you, God, I trust.
I’m leaping and singing in the circle of
you saw my pain,
you disarmed my tormentors,
You didn’t leave me in their clutches
but gave me room to breathe.
Be kind to me, God—
I’m in deep, deep trouble again.
I’ve cried my eyes out;
I feel hollow inside.
My life leaks away, groan by groan;
my years fade out in sighs.
My troubles have worn me out,
turned my bones to powder.
To my enemies I’m a monster;
I’m ridiculed by the neighbors.
My friends are horrified;
they cross the street to avoid me.
They want to blot me from memory,
forget me like a corpse in a grave,
discard me like a broken dish in the
The street-talk gossip has me
Behind locked doors they plot
how to ruin me for good.
14-18 Desperate, I throw myself on you:
you are my God!
Hour by hour I place my days in your
safe from the hands out to get me.
Warm me, your servant, with a smile;
save me because you love me.
Don’t embarrass me by not showing up;
I’ve given you plenty of notice.
Embarrass the wicked, stand them up,
leave them stupidly shaking their
as they drift down to hell.
Gag those loudmouthed liars
who heckle me, your follower,
with jeers and catcalls.
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
The way of Jesus Christ — emptying
himself, taking the form of a servant,
accepting death on a Roman crucifix —
is to be the way of life for the people
who bear his name.
5-8 Think of yourselves the way Christ
Jesus thought of himself. He had equal
status with God but didn’t think so much
of himself that he had to cling to the
advantages of that status no matter what.
Not at all. When the time came, he set
aside the privileges of deity and took on
the status of a slave, became human!
Having become human, he stayed
It was an incredibly humbling process.
He didn’t claim special privileges.
Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life
and then died a selfless, obedient death
—and the worst kind of death at that—a
lifted him high and honored him far
beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that
all created beings in heaven and on
earth—even those long ago dead and
buried—will bow in worship before this
Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that
he is the Master of all, to the glorious
honor of God the Father.
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
The entire Passion narrative on Passion
ANOINTING HIS HEAD
1-2 In only two days the eight-day
Festival of Passover and the Feast of
Unleavened Bread would begin. The
high priests and religion scholars were
looking for a way they could seize Jesus
by stealth and kill him. They agreed that
it should not be done during Passover
Week. “We don’t want the crowds up in
arms,” they said.
3-5 Jesus was at Bethany, a guest of
Simon the Leper. While he was eating
dinner, a woman came up carrying a
bottle of very expensive perfume.
Opening the bottle, she poured it on his
head. Some of the guests became
furious among themselves. “That’s
criminal! A sheer waste! This perfume
could have been sold for well over a
year’s wages and handed out to the
poor.” They swelled up in anger, nearly
bursting with indignation over her.
6-9 But Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why
are you giving her a hard time? She has
just done something wonderfully
significant for me. You will have the poor
with you every day for the rest of your
lives. Whenever you feel like it, you can
do something for them. Not so with me.
She did what she could when she could
— she pre-anointed my body for burial.
And you can be sure that wherever in the
whole world the Message is preached,
what she just did is going to be talked
10-11 Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve,
went to the cabal of high priests,
determined to betray him. They couldn’t
believe their ears, and promised to pay
him well. He started looking for just the
right moment to hand him over.
TRAITOR TO THE SON OF MAN
12 On the first of the Days of Unleavened
Bread, the day they prepare the Passover
sacrifice, his disciples asked him,
“Where do you want us to go and make
preparations so you can eat the
13-15 He directed two of his disciples,
“Go into the city. A man carrying a water
jug will meet you. Follow him. Ask the
owner of whichever house he enters,
‘The Teacher wants to know, Where is
my guest room where I can eat the
Passover meal with my disciples?’ He
will show you a spacious second-story
room, swept and ready. Prepare for us
16 The disciples left, came to the city,
found everything just as he had told
them, and prepared the Passover meal.
17-18 After sunset he came with the
Twelve. As they were at the supper table
eating, Jesus said, “I have something
hard but important to say to you: One of
you is going to hand me over to the
conspirators, one who at this moment is
eating with me.”
after another, “It isn’t me, is it?”
20-21 He said, “It’s one of the Twelve,
one who eats with me out of the same
bowl. In one sense, it turns out that the
Son of Man is entering into a way of
treachery well-marked by the Scriptures
—no surprises here. In another sense,
the man who turns him in, turns traitor
to the Son of Man—better never to have
been born than do this!”
“This Is My Body”
22 In the course of their meal, having
taken and blessed the bread, he broke it
and gave it to them. Then he said,
Take, this is my body.
23-24 Taking the chalice, he gave it to
them, thanking God, and they all drank
from it. He said,
This is my blood,
God’s new covenant,
Poured out for many people.
25 “I’ll not be drinking wine again until
the new day when I drink it in the
kingdom of God.”
26 They sang a hymn and then went
directly to Mount Olives.
27-28 Jesus told them, “You’re all going
to feel that your world is falling apart
and that it’s my fault. There’s a Scripture
I will strike the shepherd;
The sheep will go helter-skelter.
“But after I am raised up, I will go ahead
of you, leading the way to Galilee.”
29 Peter blurted out, “Even if everyone
else is ashamed of you when things fall
to pieces, I won’t be.”
30 Jesus said, “Don’t be so sure. Today,
this very night in fact, before the rooster
crows twice, you will deny me three
31 He blustered in protest, “Even if I
have to die with you, I will never deny
you.” All the others said the same
32-34 They came to an area called
Gethsemane. Jesus told his disciples,
“Sit here while I pray.” He took Peter,
James, and John with him. He plunged
into a sinkhole of dreadful agony. He
told them, “I feel bad enough right now
to die. Stay here and keep vigil with me.”
ground and prayed for a way out: “Papa,
Father, you can—can’t you?—get me
out of this. Take this cup away from me.
But please, not what I want—what do
37-38 He came back and found them
sound asleep. He said to Peter, “Simon,
you went to sleep on me? Can’t you
stick it out with me a single hour? Stay
alert, be in prayer, so you don’t enter the
danger zone without even knowing it.
Don’t be naive. Part of you is eager,
ready for anything in God; but another
part is as lazy as an old dog sleeping by
39-40 He then went back and prayed the
same prayer. Returning, he again found
them sound asleep. They simply
couldn’t keep their eyes open, and they
didn’t have a plausible excuse.
41-42 He came back a third time and
said, “Are you going to sleep all night?
No—you’ve slept long enough. Time’s
up. The Son of Man is about to be
betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get
up. Let’s get going. My betrayer has
A GANG OF RUFFIANS
43-47 No sooner were the words out of
his mouth when Judas, the one out of
the Twelve, showed up, and with him a
gang of ruffians, sent by the high
priests, religion scholars, and leaders,
brandishing swords and clubs. The
betrayer had worked out a signal with
them: “The one I kiss, that’s the one—
seize him. Make sure he doesn’t get
away.” He went straight to Jesus and
said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him.
roughed him up. One of the men
standing there unsheathed his sword,
swung, and came down on the Chief
Priest’s servant, lopping off the man’s
48-50 Jesus said to them, “What is this,
coming after me with swords and clubs
as if I were a dangerous criminal? Day
after day I’ve been sitting in the Temple
teaching, and you never so much as
lifted a hand against me. What you in
fact have done is confirm the prophetic
writings.” All the disciples cut and ran.
51-52 A young man was following along.
All he had on was a bedsheet. Some of
the men grabbed him but he got away,
running off naked, leaving them holding
CONDEMNED TO DEATH
53-54 They led Jesus to the Chief Priest,
where the high priests, religious leaders,
and scholars had gathered together.
Peter followed at a safe distance until
hey got to the Chief Priest’s courtyard,
where he mingled with the servants and
warmed himself at the fire.
55-59 The high priests conspiring with
the Jewish Council looked high and low
for evidence against Jesus by which
they could sentence him to death. They
found nothing. Plenty of people were
willing to bring in false charges, but
nothing added up, and they ended up
canceling each other out. Then a few of
them stood up and lied: “We heard him
say, ‘I am going to tear down this Temple,
built by hard labor, and in three days
build another without lifting a hand.’”
But even they couldn’t agree exactly.
60-61 In the middle of this, the Chief
Priest stood up and asked Jesus, “What
do you have to say to the accusation?”
Jesus was silent. He said nothing.
The Chief Priest tried again, this time
asking, “Are you the Messiah, the Son
of the Blessed?”
62 Jesus said, “Yes, I am, and you’ll see
THE SON OF MAN SEATED
At the right hand of the Mighty One,
Arriving on the clouds of heaven.”
63-64 The Chief Priest lost his temper.
Ripping his clothes, he yelled, “Did you
hear that? After that do we need
witnesses? You heard the blasphemy.
Are you going to stand for it?”
They condemned him, one and all. The
They blindfolded his eyes, then hit him,
saying, “Who hit you? Prophesy!” The
guards, punching and slapping, took
THE ROOSTER CROWED
66-67 While all this was going on, Peter
was down in the courtyard. One of the
Chief Priest’s servant girls came in and,
seeing Peter warming himself there,
looked hard at him and said, “You were
with the Nazarene, Jesus.”
68 He denied it: “I don’t know what
you’re talking about.” He went out on
the porch. A rooster crowed.
69-70 The girl spotted him and began
telling the people standing around,
“He’s one of them.” He denied it again.
After a little while, the bystanders
brought it up again. “You’ve got to be
one of them. You’ve got ‘Galilean’ written
all over you.”
swore, “I never laid eyes on this man
you’re talking about.” Just then the
rooster crowed a second time.
“Before a rooster crows twice, you’ll
deny me three times.” He collapsed in
STANDING BEFORE PILATE
15 At dawn’s first light, the high priests,
with the religious leaders and scholars,
arranged a conference with the entire
Jewish Council. After tying Jesus
securely, they took him out and
presented him to Pilate.
2-3 Pilate asked him, “Are you the ‘King
of the Jews’?”
He answered, “If you say so.” The high
priests let loose a barrage of
4-5 Pilate asked again, “Aren’t you going
to answer anything? That’s quite a list of
accusations.” Still, he said nothing.
Pilate was impressed, really impressed.
6-10 It was a custom at the Feast to
release a prisoner, anyone the people
asked for. There was one prisoner called
Barabbas, locked up with the
insurrectionists who had committed
murder during the uprising against Rome.
As the crowd came up and began to
present its petition for him to release a
prisoner, Pilate anticipated them: “Do you
want me to release the King of the Jews
to you?” Pilate knew by this time that it
was through sheer spite that the high
priests had turned Jesus over to him.
11-12 But the high priests by then had
worked up the crowd to ask for the
release of Barabbas. Pilate came back,
“So what do I do with this man you call
King of the Jews?”
13 They yelled, “Nail him to a cross!”
14 Pilate objected, “But for what
But they yelled all the louder, “Nail him
to a cross!”
15 Pilate gave the crowd what it wanted,
set Barabbas free and turned Jesus
over for whipping and crucifixion.
16-20 The soldiers took Jesus into the
palace (called Praetorium) and called
together the entire brigade. They
dressed him up in purple and put a
crown plaited from a thornbush on his
head. Then they began their mockery:
“Bravo, King of the Jews!” They
banged on his head with a club, spit
on him, and knelt down in mock worship.
After they had had their fun, they took off
the purple cape and put his own clothes
back on him. Then they marched out to
nail him to the cross.
21 There was a man walking by, coming
from work, Simon from Cyrene, the
father of Alexander and Rufus. They
made him carry Jesus’ cross.
22-24 The soldiers brought Jesus to
Golgotha, meaning “Skull Hill.” They
offered him a mild painkiller (wine mixed
with myrrh), but he wouldn’t take it. And
they nailed him to the cross. They
divided up his clothes and threw dice to
see who would get them.
25-30 They nailed him up at nine o’clock
in the morning. The charge against him
—the king of the jews—was printed on a
poster. Along with him, they crucified two
criminals, one to his right, the other to
his left. People passing along the road
jeered, shaking their heads in mock
lament: “You bragged that you could tear
down the Temple and then rebuild it in
three days—so show us your stuff! Save
yourself! If you’re really God’s Son, come
down from that cross!”
31-32 The high priests, along with the
religion scholars, were right there
mixing it up with the rest of them, having
a great time poking fun at him: “He
saved others—but he can’t save himself!
Messiah, is he? King of Israel? Then let
him climb down from that cross. We’ll all
become believers then!” Even the men
crucified alongside him joined in the
33-34 At noon the sky became extremely
dark. The darkness lasted three hours. At
three o’clock, Jesus groaned out of the
depths, crying loudly, “Eloi, Eloi, lama
sabachthani?” which means, “My God,
my God, why have you abandoned me?”
35-36 Some of the bystanders who heard
him said, “Listen, he’s calling for Elijah.”
Someone ran off, soaked a sponge in
sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to
him to drink, saying, “Let’s see if Elijah
comes to take him down.”
37-39 But Jesus, with a loud cry, gave
his last breath. At that moment the
Temple curtain ripped right down the
middle. When the Roman captain
standing guard in front of him saw that
he had quit breathing, he said, “This has
to be the Son of God!”
TAKEN TO A TOMB
40-41 There were women watching from
a distance, among them Mary Magdalene,
Mary the mother of the younger James
and Joses, and Salome. When Jesus
was in Galilee, these women followed
and served him, and had come up with
him to Jerusalem.
42-45 Late in the afternoon, since it was
the Day of Preparation (that is, Sabbath
eve), Joseph of Arimathea, a highly
respected member of the Jewish Council,
came. He was one who lived expectantly,
on the lookout for the kingdom of God.
Working up his courage, he went to Pilate
and asked for Jesus’ body. Pilate
questioned whether he could be dead that
soon and called for the captain to verify
that he was really dead. Assured by the
captain, he gave Joseph the corpse.
shroud, Joseph took him down, wrapped
him in the shroud, placed him in a tomb
that had been cut into the rock, and rolled
a large stone across the opening. Mary
Magdalene and Mary, mother of Joses,
watched the burial.
• 1638 - The first permanent European
settlement in Delaware was established.
• 1848 - Niagara Falls stopped flowing
for one day due to an ice jam.
• 1867 - The British Parliament passed
the North America Act to create the
Dominion of Canada.
• 1901 - The first federal elections were
held in Australia.
• 1943 - In the United States rationing of
meat, butter and cheese began during
World War II.
• 1951 - In the United States, Julius and
Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of
conspiracy to commit espionage. They
were executed in June 19, 1953.
• 1961 - The 23rd amendment to the U.S.
Constitution was ratified. An amendment
that allowed residents of Washington,
DC, to vote for president.
• 1973 - The last U.S. troops left South
• 1974 - Mariner 10, the U.S. space probe
became the first spacecraft to reach the
planet Mercury. It had been launched on
November 3, 1973.
• 1999 - At least 87 people died in an
earthquake in India's Himalayan
• 2004 - Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia,
Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and
Slovenia became members of NATO.
MONDAY, MARCH 30TH —
Happy Birthday Donna Sheeder!
Happy Birthday Larry Sheeder!
Happy Birthday Chad Wood!
Happy Birthday Shawn Morgan!
THE OFFICE IS CLOSED TODAY.
• 1822 - Florida became a U.S. territory.
• 1842 - Dr. Crawford W. Long performed
the first operation on a patient who was
anesthetized by ether.
• 1855 - About 5,000 "Border Ruffians"
from western Missouri invaded the
territory of Kansas and forced the
election of a pro-slavery legislature. It
was the first election in Kansas.
• 1867 - The U.S. purchased Alaska from
Russia for $7.2 million dollars.
• 1870 - The 15th amendment, that
guaranteed the right to vote regardless
of race, was passed by the United States
• 1870 - Texas was readmitted to the
• 1909 - The Queensboro bridge in New
York opened linking Manhattan and
Queens. It was the first double decker
• 1909 - In Oklahoma, Seminole Indians
revolted against very meager pay for
• 1945 - The U.S.S.R. invaded Austria
during World War II.
• 1946 - The Allies seized 1,000 Nazis
attempting to revive the Nazi party in
• 1981 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan
was shot and wounded in Washington,
DC, by John W. Hinckley Jr. Two police
officers and Press Secretary James
Brady were also wounded.
TUESDAY, MARCH 31ST —
• 1492 - Queen Isabella and King
Ferdinand of Spain expelled Jews who
would not accept Christianity.
• 1889 - The Eiffel Tower in Paris was
• 1918 - Daylight Saving Time went into
effect in the United States.
• 1959 - The Dalai Lama, fleeing Chinese
repression of an uprising in Tibet, came
to the Indian border and was granted
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1ST —
Today is the first day of April —
We can see warm weather coming.
• ADAIR U.M.W. WILL MEET AT 9 A.M.
Casey will meet at 7:00;
Adair will meet at 7:45;
and combined Ad Council will follow.
• 1578 - William Harvey of England first
discovered blood circulation.
• 1621 - The Plymouth, Massachusetts,
colonists created the first treaty with
• 1748 - The ruins of the city of Pompeii
• 1789 - U.S. House of Representatives
held its first meeting in New York City.
Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania
was elected the first House Speaker.
• 1793 - In Japan, the volcano Unsen
erupted killing about 53,000 people.
• 1826 - Samuel Mory patented the
internal combustion engine.
• 1853 - Cincinnati became the first U.S.
city to pay fire fighters a salary.
• 1873 - British White Star steamship
“Atlantic” sank off of Nova Scotia killing
• 1889 - The first dishwashing machine
• 1946 - A tidal wave (tsunami) struck the
Hawaiian Islands killing more than 170
• 1954 - The U.S. Air Force Academy was
established in Colorado.
• 1976 - Apple Computer began
• 1982 - The U.S. transferred the Canal
Zone to Panama.
• 1987 - U.S. President Reagan told
doctors in Philadelphia, "We've declared
AIDS public health enemy No. 1."
• 1991 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled
that jurors could not be barred from
serving due to their race.
THURSDAY, APRIL 2ND —
• 1792 - The U.S. Congress passed the
Coinage Act to regulate the coins of the
United States. The act authorized $10
Eagles, $5 Half Eagles, $2.50 Quarter
Eagle gold coins, silver dollars, dollars,
quarters, dimes and half-dimes to be
• 1963 - Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King
began the first non-violent campaign in
• 1990 - Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
threatened to incinerate half of Israel
with chemical weapons if Israel joined a
conspiracy against Iraq.
• 1996 - Lech Walesa resumed his old job
as an electrician at the Gdansk shipyard.
He was the former Solidarity union leader
who became Poland's first post-war
FRIDAY, APRIL 3RD —
Happy Birthday Maya Richter!
Happy Birthday Alex Umbaugh!
• 1513 - Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de
Leon landed in Florida. He had sighted
that land the day before.
• 1776 - George Washington received an
honorary Doctor of Laws degree from
Harvard College .
• 1860 - The first Pony Express riders left
St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento,
California. The trip across country took
about 10 days. The Pony Express only
lasted about a year and a half.
• 1865 - Union forces now occupied the
Confederate capital, Richmond, Virginia.
• 1882 - The American outlaw Jesse
James was shot in the back and killed
by a member of his own gang, Robert
Ford for a $5,000 reward.
• 1910 - Alaska's Mt. McKinley, the
highest mountain in North America was
• 1948 - U.S. President Harry Truman
signed the Marshall Plan to revive war-
torn Europe. It consisted of $5 billion in
aid for 16 countries.
• 1968 - Martin Luther King Jr. delivered
his "mountaintop" speech just 24 hours
before he was assassinated.
• 1986 - The U.S. national debt hit
• 2010 - First Apple iPad was released.
SATURDAY, APRIL 4TH —
Happy Birthday Craig Lundy!
Happy Birthday Allen Lehman!
• 1581 - Francis Drake completed the
first circumnavigation of the world.
• 1812 - The territory of Orleans became
the 18th U.S. state and is to become
known as Louisiana.
• 1818 - The U.S. flag was declared to
have 13 red and white stripes and 20
stars and that a new star be added for
each new state.
• 1841 - U.S. President William Henry
Harrison, at the age of 68, became the
first president to die in office. He had
been sworn in only a month before he
died of pneumonia.
• 1850 - The city of Los Angeles was
• 1862 - In the United States, the Battle
of Yorktown began as Union General
George B. McClellan's men closed in on
• 1887 - Susanna Salter became mayor
of Argonia, Kansas, making her the first
woman mayor in the United States.
• 1902 - British Financier Cecil Rhodes
left $10 million in his will that would
provide scholarships for Americans to
Oxford University in England.
• 1905 - In Kangra, India, an earthquake
killed 370,000 people.
• 1917 - The U.S. Senate voted 90-6 to
enter World War I on the Allied side.
• 1945 - In World War II, U.S. forces
liberated the Nazi death camp Ohrdruf
• 1953 - Fifteen doctors were released
by Soviet leaders. The doctors had been
arrested before the death of Stalin and
were accused of plotting against him.
• 1968 - Martin Luther King Jr. was
assassinated at the age of 39.
• 1974 - Hank Aaron tied Babe Ruth's
major league baseball home-run record
• 1994 - Netscape Communications
(Mosaic Communications) was founded.
• FUTURE FOCUS —————
Easter is only one week away.
Thank you all for your contributions to
our church life this week. It's your push
that makes the wheels turn.
God Bless and Keep You,