This Sunday (05 Apr 20) is Palm Sunday. Because of Dallas County’s shelter-in-place rules, we will do what we did last week: an online “service.” To join us, here’s what you should do on Sunday:
At 10:30 AM on Sunday, I would like to do the following things:
- Stop whatever else you are doing and sing a hymn. It could be any hymn you want; what’s important is that you take some time to sing the praises of our God—out loud. After all, God has promised to inhabit the praises of His people.
- Go to our website, which is found at www.churchonthehillag.org. You can also Google “Church on the Hill DeSoto” if that is easier for you.
- Scroll down to “Sermons” and click the “click here” button.
- A page will open up that contains the previous sermon series. At the very top, you will notice the message for 29 Mar, which begins a new series in Esther. Click that.
- Listen to the message; it should be around 15 minutes long.
- Find a partner and discuss the message. In what ways did you find it relevant to your life at this moment? Do you have any questions?
- If you DO have questions, please post them on our church Facebook page, which is Church on the Hill DeSoto. If you do not know how to do this, feel free to email the pastor at email@example.com or text him directly.
- Meditate on what God has said this week for you and the church. This word can sustain you through the troubles ahead; but remember that true discipleship means friendship and community. Don’t do this all by yourself.
- Don’t forget to be faithful to God with your tithes and offerings. You can give online through this website or you can mail your check to Church on the Hill at 800 S. Hampton DeSoto Texas 75115. We will all need to remain faithful in order to keep our little church afloat during this time…this is how God’s name will be glorified!
Remember that this is not “church,” but rather a simple discipleship routine to keep us in good spiritual shape until we can meet again. I’d like to remind you that there is a devotional posted each day at our website, as well. Feel free to engage with it. And don’t hesitate to keep touch with Pastor Mike and others in the church. During this time, we can use the internet and the phone to maintain good communication with one another.
Please be advised, however, that we are planning to move to a “house church” model for Easter Sunday on 12 Apr. Praise God! Instructions will be updated next week for this important change.
“It is appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o’clock on Sunday morning.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
How can we call ourselves by Christ’s name and continue to embrace segregation in our times of worship? Christ came to reconcile man to God, and in doing so, He also reconciled man to man. Given this fact, how can we continue to be so cavalier about racial reconciliation in the house of God?
We refuse to continue the regrettable status quo of the single-race church. We are committed to racial reconciliation—worshiping together, as God Almighty intended. If you’re looking for a place where racial healing is taking place, rather than just being spoken about, won’t you join us?
OUR VIEW OF DISCIPLESHIP
If you’re not growing in the knowledge of the Lord, then you’re leaving out an important part of what God intended for you. Christ designed the Church to be the place where we learn the deep things of the Lord. Our desire for you isn’t just that you get “the feels,” but rather that you also engage in constant learning about the God you confess.
Often, as you grow in the Lord in knowledge and maturity, you will have serious questions. Sometimes, you even show up with hard questions! It is unfortunate that many in Christianity have implied that no Christian should have doubts or questions. But we think that’s normal—and we want to help you find answers.
Bring your tough questions. Bring your doubts. Bring your unresolved crisis. Bring your baggage. A family is just the place for this, and we’d like to take the journey with you.
If you’re trying to grow in Christ by yourself, you’re doing this wrong. Why not be adopted into a family who will love you no matter what? Why not