Weekly Announcements – April 9th

Easter Choir All are welcome to participate in the Easter Choir. The rehearsal is tonight, April 10th from 7:30-9:00pm. Participants need to be available for the rehearsal as well the short warm-up on Resurrection Sunday. If you have any questions, please speak to Abby Magoon. Maundy Thursday Join us for our Maundy Thursday Service on Thursday, April 13th at 7:30pm. Easter Reception On Easter Sunday, April 16th, our Easter reception will start at 9:45am. The service will start at 10:10am. Reformation Class The next Reformation Class is April 23rd at 12:00pm. Franklin Prayer & Tools Talk Franklin Prayer and Tools Talk: Dating are April 26th. Franklin Prayer will begin at 7:30pm. Tools Talk: Dating will go from 8:00pm-9:30pm. Snow White Snow White is one of the ways we will be reaching out to our neighbors this spring. Please take some invitations and hand them out to a friend, a neighbor, or a random stranger! Take posters to hang up in your library, grocery store, or other local place. Happening this Week Here’s what is going on in the life of Crossway this week: Easter Choir Rehearsal | Monday 7:30pm Maundy Thursday | Thursday 7:30pm Easter Reception | Sunday...

Monday Morning Ministry: The Triumphal Entry

Title: The Triumphal Entry Scriptures: Matthew 21:1-11 Speaker: Bauer Evans Date: April 9th, 2017 Introduction: Today, millions of Christians commemorate the beginning of our Lord’s last week of life on earth with Palm Sunday celebrations. The gospel of Matthew helps us remember what took place on that day in our Lord’s life and its personal significance for our lives and our world. Main Point: Jesus is God’s humble King who has come to save us! God’s promised King (vv. 1-7): We come to the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Hundreds of thousands of Jewish pilgrims have returned to the capital city to celebrate the Passover feast. Jesus is returning to Jerusalem as well, not to celebrate the Passover, but to fulfill his destiny. In verses 1-7, Matthew emphasizes the theme of fulfillment in Jesus’ actions in two ways: the disciples’ fulfillment of Jesus’ commands and Jesus’ fulfillment of a past prophecy. Let’s look at the first. In these verses, pay special attention to Jesus’ instructions to his disciples. They are to go into a village and find a mother donkey with her colt because the “Lord needs these.” The reason Jesus needs these animals, and specifically a donkey, is to reveal who he is to the Jewish nation. These animals are to fulfill an ancient prophecy about God’s promised King (cf. Zechariah 9:9-10). Matthew quotes this promise so we will also recognize who Jesus is: God’s promised king who has come to inaugurate His peaceful kingdom (which Zechariah goes on to depict). Jesus returns to Jerusalem as God’s the Messianic king, who ultimately will bring God’s kingdom to his people again. God’s...

Weekly Announcements – April 2nd

Easter Choir All are welcome to participate in the Easter Choir. The rehearsal is: Monday, April 10th from 7:30-9:00pm. Participants need to be available for this rehearsal as well the short warm-up on Resurrection Sunday. If you have any questions, please speak to Abby Magoon. Maundy Thursday Join for our Maundy Thursday Service on Thursday, April 13th at 7:30pm. Easter Reception On Easter Sunday, April 16th, our Easter reception will start at 9:45am. The service will start at 10:10am. Women’s Meeting Ladies, save the date for our upcoming Women’s Meeting: April 8th 9:00am. Coffee and tea will be served. Snow White Snow White is one of the ways we will be reaching out to our neighbors this spring. Please hand out the invitation to a friend, a neighbor, or a random stranger!   Happening this Week Here’s what is going on in the life of Crossway this week: Attleboro Care Group | Wednesday 7:30pm Franklin Care Group | Wednesday 7:30pm North Smithfield Care Group | Friday 7:30pm Women’s Meeting | Saturday 9:00am...

Weekly Announcements – March 26th

Corporate Prayer Corporate prayer is this Saturday, April 1st at 8:00am. We would love for you to join us! Memorial for Joseph Hersey Joe Hersey’s memorial service will be this Saturday, April 1st, at 1:00pm. Easter Choir All are welcome to participate in the Easter Choir. The rehearsals are: Sunday, April 2nd at 12:30-2:00pm and Friday, April 14th at 7:30-9:00pm Participants need to be available for at least one full rehearsal as well the short warm-up on Resurrection Sunday. If you have any questions, please speak to Abby Magoon. Women’s Meeting Ladies, save the date for our upcoming Women’s Meeting: April 8th 9:00am. Coffee and tea will be...

Weekly Announcements – March 19th

Franklin Prayer Join us March 22nd at 7:30pm at the church building as we pray for our ministry in Franklin. The Reformation Join us on 4th Sundays, beginning March 26th at 12:00pm for our Reformation class. This class will answer the question: After 500 years why is the Protestant Reformation still important for us? Easter Choir All are welcome to participate in the Easter Choir. The rehearsals are: Sunday, April 2nd at 12:30-2:00pm and Friday, April 14th at 7:30-9:00pm Participants need to be available for at least one full rehearsal as well the short warm-up on Resurrection Sunday. If you have any questions, please speak to Abby Magoon. Women’s Meeting Ladies, save the date for our upcoming Women’s Meeting: April 8th 9:00am. Coffee and tea will be...

Monday Morning Ministry: Together Again

Title: Together Again Scriptures: Genesis 46:1-47:12 Speaker: Bauer Evans Date: March 19, 2017 Introduction: Now, as we take up chapter 46, Jacob sets out by way of Beersheba, at the beginning of the desert expanse that extends to Egypt. God is not finished with an old, weak and broken man, whom He dearly loves, and neither are His purposes finished with us. The structure of the narrative is simple: Jacob stops to worship God in Beersheba (v. 1-7), Jacob brings his entire family to Egypt (v. 8-27), Jacob is reunited with Joseph in Egypt (v. 28-48:12) Main Point: For broken people, the God of Jacob is our hope! God gives us His reasons not to be afraid (46: 1-7): Jacob leaves for Egypt with his family, but he stops in Beersheba to worship God. Why did Jacob stop? There are many reasons he is leaving the promised land. He may feel helpless, even hopeless, possibly afraid to begin his journey south. God reassures him that he has more reasons not to fear than reasons to fear. Beersheba was the same place, years ago, during another journey, that God spoke to him in the night (28:12-15). God promised him then, and He reiterated it again in vs. 4: “I will go down with you to Egypt and I will also bring you up again.” (cf. 28:15.) How reassuring these words would have been for him, and for the nation of Israel in their wilderness sojourning about to occupy the promised land. God was with them. Dear friends, how reassuring are God’s promises to us in Christ today? God, by His Spirit is with us....

Weekly Announcements – March 12th

GO Team The GO Team is meeting next Sunday at 12:00pm. Bring a lunch and join the discussion about gospel outreach in our neighborhoods. All are welcome to participate. The Reformation Class Join us on 4th Sundays, beginning March 26th at 12:00pm for our Reformation class. This class will answer the question: After 500 years why is the Protestant Reformation still important for us? Easter Choir All are welcome to participate in the Easter Choir. The rehearsals are: Sunday, April 2nd at 12:30-2:00pm and Friday, April 14th at 7:30-9:00pm Participants need to be available for at least one full rehearsal as well the short warm-up on Resurrection Sunday. If you have any questions, please speak to Abby Magoon....

Monday Morning Ministry: From Reunion to Reconciliation

Title: From Reunion to Reconciliation Scriptures: Genesis 45 Speaker: Dan Roca Date: March 12, 2017 Main Point: God is bigger than our betrayals and sins and He will bring about reconciliation so that we will have life. A soft heart begins a turning point (1-3): When Joseph first saw his brothers back in chapter 42, he spoke very roughly with them. But the more Joseph interacts with them, the more his heart softens. Remember how seriously he was sinned against: His own brothers sold him into slavery and told his father that he was dead. They kept up this lie for decades and never attempted to find Joseph. Joseph has every right to imprison them for the rest of their lives. But what does Joseph do here? Joseph covers his brothers’ sin, keeping their great evil from being made known. When Joseph tells them who he is, his brothers can only think of their guilt before him. A forgiving heart dramatically changes the fate of God’s chosen people (4-24): Rather than being harsh with his brothers or making them grovel for forgiveness, Joseph forgives them before they even apologize. What God has done in Joseph’s heart is apparent in his perspective. Note in verses 5-9 all the times that Joseph highlight’s God’s activity in the events of his life. Not only is God in control of history, but He can even use His people’s sin and turn it around for good. This does not mean that God commits evil or that we should sin in order to somehow bring God more glory. But how encouraging is it to know that God uses...

Weekly Announcements – February 26th

Corporate Prayer Corporate prayer is this Saturday, March 4th at 8:00am. We would love for you to join us! Care Groups Care Groups meet this week. If you have any questions, please contact your care group leader. Reformation Class This class will look at questions such as: After 500 years why is the Reformation still important? How is it still relevant to us? This class will meet on the 4th Sunday of the month at 12:00pm. The first class will be March 26th. Foundations 1 Sign up for Adult Sunday Classes today! It will cover the foundations of our faith and will meet for four weeks starting March 12th at 9:00am. You can purchase the book at the resource table today. Please work on chapter 1 Snow White Script update: Thank you for praying! The brainstorming session was incredibly productive. The script is now almost complete. Snow White next step: Auditions! We have a lot of super fun roles to fill. If you would like to act, please join us after the service on Sunday, March 5th for some fun, informal auditions. Prayer request: Please pray for wisdom in casting and in finishing the...

Monday Morning Ministry: Famine and the Family

Title: Famine and the Family Scriptures: Genesis 42:1-43:15 Speaker: Bauer Evans Date: February 26, 2017 Introduction: Reunions of family, friends, or classmates can be times of incredible joy and celebration. Not so the reunion of Joseph and his brothers. It was unexpected, but in the providence of God, purposeful in its timing We come to a climactic turning point event in our story. This is the first installment of a much larger unit that stretches through chapter 45. Main Point: God brings about true transformation in us in order to accomplish our salvation and His glory. The Story: In vs. 1-5, we are reintroduced to Joseph’s family, twenty years after he had been sold into slavery. A famine engulfed “all the earth” (41:57), therefore Jacob commands his sons to go to Egypt to purchase grain. Beginning in vs. 6, we read of the unexpected meeting between Joseph, now a governor in Egypt, and his brothers. They do not recognize him, but Joseph recognizes them. This is the moment God had foretold in Joseph’s dream: “And behold, your sheaves gathered around it and bowed down to my sheaf.” (Gen. 37:7). When his brothers first heard Joseph’s dream, they were filled with hatred. Now, they bow before this powerful Egyptian governor. When Joseph accuses them of being spies, their response is dubious: “we are honest men.” Joseph puts them to the test, (vv.12-38) to determine whether they have changed from twenty years before when they sold him into slavery. Have they learned to love one another as brothers, or do they still hate? Do the unloving actions of their past continue...