Easter 2014

Join us for our Easter programming and events this year as we celebrate the risen Christ! This year's Easter week will center around the theme Once and For All.

April 13-20 | Holy Week Activities
Check here daily to reflect on what was happening in the life of Christ.

Friday, April 18

A dark day has come. Jesus has been handed to those that would seek to condemn and destroy him. He stands before the people and is found guilty of nothing - and of everything. The crowd that loved him just days before now is calling for his death.

In just a matter of hours, Jesus is tried, tortured, convicted and crucified. His life given for ours. It was a dark day.

Join us today for prayer time in the chapel (11:00am-6:00pm). Every hour on the half hour, join us as a  member of our staff leads a devotion on seven sayings of Jesus from the cross.

  • 11:30am — Tom Ellsworth ("Father, forgive them, they know not what they do."  Lk. 23:34)
  •  12:30pm — John Robertson ("This day thou shalt be with me in Paradise  Lk. 23:43)
  • 1:30pm — Claudia Mitchell ("Woman, behold thy son." Jn. 19:26-7)
  • 2:30pm — Brad Pontius (My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?"  Mk. 15:34)
  • 3:30pm—Stephen Figert ("I thirst." Jn. 19: 28.)
  • 4:30pm — John Muffler ("It is finished."  Jn 19: 30)
  • 5:30pm — Alan Phillips ("Into thine hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit."   Lk. 23:46)

Thursday, April 17

It was a night they would not soon forget. The night of the Passover was a night where God’s people remembered the sacrifices and promises of the generations that had gone before them. But this Passover meal, this moment with Jesus, would forever change the lives of the disciples.

In mere hours, He would be pulled from them. He would be betrayed. Beaten. Killed. Buried. But now, they had Jesus to themselves. And in His final act of love to His disciples, he served them, washing their feet clean. He broke bread and poured wine and told His people to remember these acts for the rest of their lives.

Join us tonight at 6:30pm in the Fellowship Hall as our adult choir leads us through those final moments of Jesus' life. Childcare is available through age 3.

Wednesday, April 16

A day of quiet in the middle of the week that changed the world. Jesus and His disciples stayed at Bethany and rested with friends. Although Jesus knew what was coming next, He chose to rest with those He cherished most.

While he was resting, Judas agreed to betray Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. Such a small amount of money to condemn the life of another.

Do you have a price? Can your loyalty be bought? As you think about what Judas agreed to do today, ask that God cleanse your heart and prepare you for our celebration of Communion Thursday tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 15

Jesus did more in the last Tuesday of his life than most of us have done in our entire lives. Here is a brief list of just some of the parables He told and the moments from His life:

  • It is the last day Jesus teaches in the temple
  • He is making enemies and is challenged by the Sanhedrin
  • He is questioned about the importance of paying taxes (fitting for today, right?)
  • He is questioned about the resurrection, his family tree and what is the greatest commandment
  • He taught the followers the parables of the two sons, the vineyard, the marriage feast, the ten virgins and the talents
  • He sees the widow giving her two mites
  • He spoke from the Mount of Olives for the last time, speaking on the coming destruction of Jerusalem, His second coming and the final Judgement.

For more on Jesus' last big day of ministry to the general people, read Matthew 21-25.

Monday, April 14

Can you imagine what it would have been like for the disciples this last week? They don't know what's coming, but they continue to see Jesus moving and changing the world. If they were keeping journals, it wouldn't surprise me to see something like this in one of them:

I have to get this recorded before I forget. Today was a strange day. It all started this morning. We were leaving Bethany, and Jesus saw a fig tree in the distance. He cursed the tree and said “may no one ever eat fruit from you again.” Strange, right?

When we got to Jerusalem, it just got worse. We were in the temple and Jesus took one look at all the buying, selling and money changing hands and lost it. Tables were being overturned! He was angry, maybe as angry as I’ve ever seen him. Then he said, “Is it not written, my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations, but you have made it a den of robbers!”

I don’t know if anyone else saw it, but I could see the looks on the faces of the Pharisees. They weren’t happy. At all. I’m starting to get worried something bad may happen.

Saturday, April 19

For those that knew and loved Jesus best, today was a day of tears. A Sabbath without the promise of Savior. They had believed with everything they were that Jesus was the son of God. But, He was gone.



No longer there to defend himself or teach them.

Had the put their faith in the wrong man? Had they been betrayed? They still wanted to believe. But, in the stillness of Saturday, all they could do was wait.

For more about living in the Saturdays of life, check out our Easter message from 2012.

Sunday, April 20

He is Risen!

For once and for all, the world is changed.

He is Risen!

For once and for all my slate is washed clean.

He is Risen!

A tomb could not hold him.

He is Risen!

Death could not stop His love.

He is Risen!

The tomb is empty

He is Risen!

I am redeemed.

He is Risen!

Sunday, April 13

Mark 11:1-11

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord
Blessed is coming kingdom of our father David!
Hosanna in the highest heaven

In church today, some of our kids waved palm branches as kids sang. What a special, wonderful morning. Can you imagine what it looked like as a spectator that day? Put yourself in their shoes.

Maybe you've heard that man Jesus speaking before. Maybe He looks a little familiar to you. Maybe he is a complete stranger, but you know the prophesy that foretold the coming of the Savior that way. Maybe it's all unfamiliar to you.

What do you think of when you picture Jesus coming to town, praised for who He is? Would you have been there on the side of the road, praising Him? Would you have been on the side of the law, plotting His destruction?

April 17 | Communion Thursday Service
Join us at 6:30pm in the Fellowship Hall as we reflect on the night Jesus was betrayed. His command to remember His body and blood is why we take communion every Sunday, and is especially poignant on this night. This service will be led by the Adult Choir. Childcare available through age 3.

April 18 | Good Friday Prayer Service
From 11:00am-6:00pm in the Chapel. Every hour on the half hour (11:30am, 12:30pm, etc.) a member of the staff will give a devotion. Devotion Schedule

Easter Weekend Services

Sunrise Easter Service

Join us Sunday morning at 7:00am for a brief time of worship and reflection at the Cross located on the church property.

Easter in the Worship Center

The services in the Worship Center will feature worship, media, teaching and more as we explore the book of Hebrews and the promises of God. Tom will remind us of the powerful history of the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle.

Through music, drama, video and teaching, we will explore what it means to have the presence of God living and active in our life today!

Service Times:

5:00pm Saturday

8:00am, 9:30am & 11:00am Sunday

Easter in the Fellowship Hall

The FX (Family eXperience) at Sherwood Oaks Christian Church provides an environment in which kids and their families can learn about and worship God together. It’s an inter-generational worship service that uses fun drama skits, high-energy praise music, and interactive biblical teaching to encourage and equip families to grow in their relationships with each other and with God. It is also a great opportunity for kids and adults alike to learn how God is working in them to change the world around them.

Bring a friend, invite your neighbors, and join us for another awesome Family eXperience on Easter Weekend!

Service Times (Fellowship Hall):

5:00pm Saturday

9:30am & 11:00am Sunday

Easter Weekend Classes & Studies:

Sherwood Kids!

  • Birth through age three: regular programming
  • Preschool through elementary: plan on attending the FX services

Student Ministry (5th-12th) and adult Sunday school classes will not meet.

Directions to Sherwood Oaks Christian Church

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Bloomington, IN 47401


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Service Times

Worship Center:
8:00am, 9:30am and 11:00am

Fellowship Hall: 11:00am