LOVE. GROW. SERVE. with Pastor Rachel 4.5.17

Hi friends!  So to start out, just let me say that I’m not even going to mention the weather.  Instead, I’m just believing that good things are a comin’!  Like Palm Sunday, that’s coming right up this week.  Palm Sunday is the day that we celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem.  Maybe that doesn’t sound all that exciting to you, but it really was a raucous event of celebration and joy!

They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

“Hosanna to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?


Imagine that scene – Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey with the crowds shouting “Hosanna!” and laying down their cloaks as a path for the donkey to walk upon.  The people were stirred and they asked the same question that we continue to seek after to this day, thousands of years later. Who is this Jesus? Who is this man that He stirs such feelings in people?


Well, we will have the opportunity to continue to work on answering this question AND to stir the crowds of Amesbury this week when we participate in the traditional Amesbury procession of churches to commemorate Palm Sunday.  If you’d like to join us, P.Jon and I will gather with the other church clergy and members at 9:00am down in the Millyard (right outside of Flatbread) for the short walk up to our church and past each of the other churches along the way.  It really is a very festive time (and Rock Church generally is the most boisterous group among the crowd!).  Sunday’s forecast is currently for sunshine and warmer temps, so we’d love to have a great showing of how celebratory and joyful we are at Rock Church Amesbury and how excited we are to tell others about WHO THIS JESUS IS!


As I mentioned, last Sunday was the final message in the “Real World” study of the Book of James. What a dose of truth James dished out in that book about how we as Christ-followers should be living, huh?  I’m interested in hearing about your “takeaways” from this series.  How have you done with taming your tongue? (I’m still working on that.)  Or being more patient?  (I’m still working on that.)  Or not making plans ahead of God’s will?  (I’m still working on that.) Or counting your trials as joy?  (I’m still working on that.)  I suppose we are all works in progress!  But I really am interested in hearing about how the truths in James’ book has made you think or change your actions.  Feel free to comment on this blog post, or on the FB post or just email me and let me know what made you stop and think about what areas of your life the Spirit may be leading you to work on. 


Also I wanted to give a quick reminder that we are piloting our new parking shuttle program for services on Palm Sunday (April 9th), Good Friday (April 14th) and Easter Sunday (April 16th).   In order to save plenty of room in our parking lot for guests or those who are unable to walk long distances or over uneven surfaces, I’d encourage all those who are able to either park on the street, in public lots (behind the Library and Town Hall) or to take the shuttle.  The shuttle on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday will run from 9:45am to 10:05am from the parking lot behind the Morning Buzz. On Good Friday the shuttle will run from Amesbury Middle School starting at 6:30.  Return shuttle service will run for a half an hour following all services.  At both locations, there will be a sign for Rock Church Shuttle where the shuttle will stop. Thanks so much for doing what you can to show the love of Christ and make our guests feel welcome at our church.


I hope to see many of you at the Millyard at 9:00am this Sunday.  There will still be breakfast and adult and kids’ LifeGroups after the procession, followed by our Palm Sunday service at 10:10am.

Looking forward to celebrating with you all this week.


P. Rachel