Good morning: We will be taking the following precautions for everyone’s safety:
- Everyone must wear a mask – you must wear a face mask while you are in the church
- Everyone’s temperature will be taken – anyone with a temperature will not be allowed to attend service.
- We will practice social distancing in the sanctuary.
- Hand sanitizer will be provided
- Worship service will start at 10:45
- The sermon will be broadcast on Facebook Live at 11:00AM – only the sermon will be broadcast at this time.
- Please park in the South parking lot and come in the back door.
- You have been faithful in your financial support during this pandemic we are both humbled and grateful.
Hillview Family and Friends!
Pastor will be starting a Zoom evening class on Thursdays. He will be using the Sunday School book curriculum. If anyone is interested, please send a email to either the church email address or Paste Dexter email address which will be located in the Church Directory. He will need at least 5-6 participants. If needing a church directory, please feel free to email and we will mail it to you.
Sis. Debbie will have the new Children’s Ministry Home Study available for pick-up Sunday March 21st at 10:30am. If you are not able to pick-up at the end of service, you can contact Sis Debbie at HVchristianed@gmail.com or call the church (913)299-4406 at 10:30 to 11:00am Sunday morning.
We will be having Sunday School for the children and Youth on Sunday at 9:30 am. Sis. Debbie will be outside on the Concrete patio on the North side of the building where the Daycare is located.
April 4th is Easter Sunday
April 17th Board Management Meeting at 9am.
April 21st Administrative Professional Day.
April 22nd Monthly Prayer movement in the Metro Area.
Happy Birthday and Wedding Anniversary to all Family and Friends celebrating in the month of April.
Church of God News
May the Lord add a Blessing to the Reading and Hearing of His Word:
From our text we see the women arrive at the tomb, see that the stone has been rolled away, Jesus is gone, and they talk with an angel. This encounter causes the women to tremble and in a state of bewilderment flee the tomb saying nothing to anyone because they were afraid.
Have you ever been afraid like that? I know you have been because I have talked with many of you and we have shared stories of our experiences in this life. It’s never fun to go through experiences that are frightful but looking back on them once God got us through them makes all the difference in the world.
Living this past year in a pandemic watching 543,622 people die in the US since March 26th and 2,754,154 people die worldwide is enough to make you tremble.
All fear is not bad. God designed us to have and experience fear as part of our survival instinct and human connection.
It is the fears that cripple us that make us useless for anybody including ourselves. (A fear of spiders even when they are dead)
Many books have been written about overcoming your fears. Even the Bible has information on how to overcome them.
Proper fear is essential to our mental health. Fear is not the problem. The problem is we don’t fear the right things.
Luke 12:4, 5;
4 “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more.
5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.
What point is Jesus trying to get us to understand from this passage?
We have made the God of the universe smaller than our worldly fears reducing him to our preferences, holding him captive to our desires, projecting on him our own sensibilities.
Jesus is telling us that the Living God is so much bigger than this. Fear him. When your fear is too small you are yielding to a lesser power. We need to fear the most powerful power, God. God is more powerful and can do more damage than Satan, Covid, even death.
When we lose our fear of God we will fear everything else. Our fears will take us down a vicious and repeatable cycle.
- When we fear a thing we give that fear power over us.
- Fear is never static. Left unattended, it will grow.
- That power begins to influence us and shape us around those fears.
- That influence provokes tendencies that develop into patterns of behavior. We actually begin to live…afraid.
- Those fears become a little god – that has the most power in our lives.
- When that fear becomes our god, one of two things happen:
- The fear actually comes true only for us to find out we had invested our lives into that fear alone. So there was nothing deeper or bigger than that fear to cling to. No hope and no resolve leading us to a place of despair.
- Or the fear does not materialize, which is more often the case, and we find we were held in complete bondage the whole time and it was a colossal waste of time.
- Either way, when we choose a lesser fear it leaves us either in despair or in bondage.
- Ultimately, we feel an existential fragility because we are alone with our fears.
Imagine all the small fears you have multiplying within you. For some getting out of bed in the morning is difficult because of your fears.
Luke 12:6, 7;
6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.
7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
When we are afraid about what others say about us or think about us the tendency is to try to impress them in order to gain their approval, even to the point of lying. What is more important, what man thinks about you or what God knows about you?
When we fear the omnipotent God we can relax because He is good. His love for us is boundless. Why? Because we matter to him. We know this is true because of the empty tomb. The empty tomb reminds us we stand before the Living God, awesome in power and mighty in strength. The empty tomb allows us to join Paul when he said;
Romans 8:38, 39;
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Theologian William D. Eisenhower has said, “Unfortunately, many of us presume that the world is the ultimate threat and that God’s function is to offset it. How different this is from the biblical position that God is far scarier than the world… When we assume that the world is the ultimate threat, we give it unwarranted power, for in truth, the world’s threats are temporary. When we expect God to balance the stress of the world, we reduce him to the world’s equal… As I walk with the Lord, I discover that God poses an ominous threat to my ego, but not to me. He rescues me from my delusions, so he may reveal truth that sets me free. He casts me down, only to lift me up again. He sits in judgment of my sin, but forgives me nevertheless. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom but love from the Lord is its completion.”
So, in the mist of everything wrong in the world we can say: CHEER UP! ON YOUR FEET! THE RISEN ONE IS CALLING YOU.
The women at the empty grave chose a better fear! To the one that is far scarier. They were trembling, bewildered and afraid before an empty grave, not an empty life. The grave was empty, but their hearts were full.
The three women at Jesus’ gravesite had their own fears like you and me. They had fears about their children, their husbands, fears for their parents, and fears of disease. Have you ever had a sleepless night? I’m sure they did also.
But when they saw the stone rolled away and they cautiously peered into the tomb and saw the angel but no Jesus, now they had a new fear!!
Like Moses who stood before a bush on fire.
1 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.
2 There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up.
3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight– why the bush does not burn up.”
4 When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.”
5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”
6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
Like Isaiah who was kissed by a searing lump of coal
1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple.
2 Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.
3 And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”
4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”
6 Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar.
7 With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
Like Paul who encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus.
1 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest
2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem.
3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.
4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied.
6 “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
Moses, Isaiah, and Paul encountered God in the same fearful way as Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome. They stood at the entrance of that tomb with spices in their hands and saucer eyes, frozen like statues before an angel in blinding light… they were trembling, bewildered and afraid because they were encountering the power and presence of the living God.
They trembled at an empty grave. At nothing else and no one else.
If your fear of God is too small and you want to tremble like these followers of the risen Lord, then Cheer Up and get on your feet because He’s calling each one of us today.
On this Easter Sunday I call you to courage:
- We don’t tremble over national elections. We tremble at the one who has the power of heaven.
- We don’t tremble over outbreaks and pull backs. We tremble at the one who pull back the veil of heaven.
- We don’t tremble or wait for the next shoe to drop, because we tremble at the one who’s sandal we can’t untie.
- We don’t tremble at newsfeeds or breaking news, we tremble at the one who was broken for our sins; who was crucified, rose, ascended, and today sits on the throne as Lord over all creation.
- We don’t tremble at doomsayer predictions; we tremble at the one who promises to return and make all things new.
We tremble at an empty grave. At nothing else and no one else. Because Jesus says:
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
He is risen! He is risen indeed!
What Makes You Tremble
Text: Mark 16:1-8;
1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. (Bear in mind they expected Jesus’ body to be in the tomb, not resurrected)
2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb
3 and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”
4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away.
5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.
7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.'”
8 Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.
Support Hillview’s Greeting Card Ministry – We have anniversary, birthday, and get well cards on the table by the front entrance for you to send to others to let them know you are thinking of them. A donation of $1.00 will help cover the cost of cards and postage.
Continue to pray for the sick and shut-ins and support their spouses or caregivers
Weekly Events: Resume in Spring
- Sunday 9:00am: Prayer
- 9:30am: Sunday School
- 10:45: Worship Service
- Monday 6:30 pm: Small Group
- Cedric & Bonnies’ home.
- 7842 Walker Ave. KCK 66112
- Lead by Brother Richard Natividad
- Wednesday 7:00pm: Wednesday Evening
- Service at Hillview
- Thursday 11:00am: Small Group at Louis & Peggy White’s home,
- 4405 Sorter Dr. KCK 66104
- Lead by Calvin Marshall Jr.
- 7:00pm: Small Group at Pastor Dexter & Sister Karen’s home,
- 4525 Sorter Dr. , KCK 66104
- Lead by Pastor Dexter
- Saturday 10:30am Praise Team and Choir Rehearsal
Offering Envelopes are located on the wall outside of the sound booth.