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Holy Week Plans

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ACC Family: Our usual plans for Holy Week have obviously changed this year, but the truth of the gospel message is as powerful now as it ever has been. I want you to know some ways to stay connected with the church in worship and prayer this week. Maundy Thursday (April 9) Join us for an interactive worship experience, as we commemorate the final Passover meal that...

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Celebrating Holy Week During a Pandemic

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This has been the strangest Lenten season I have ever experienced. The church has celebrated Lent over the centuries as a means of preparing ourselves for Easter. We try to follow the example of Jesus' 40 days in the wilderness by going without some things, in order to focus on self-reflection, draw near to God, and give of ourselves to others in need. But this year wheth...

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Picnic in a Warzone

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For thousands of years, Psalm 23 has been a source of solace to God's people in times of crisis. I've been thinking lately about one verse in this psalm and how amazing it is. After describing how the Lord renews and restores us, and how he walks beside us through dark valleys, King David writes in verse 5, "You prepare a tablebefore me in the presence of my enemies." I...

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The Power of a Preposition

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Many of us are familiar with Psalm 23:4. "Even though Iwalk through the valley ofthe shadow of death, I willfear no evil, foryou are with me; yourrod and your staff, they comfort me." While this verse will be meaningful at the moment of death, it is intended to apply to any situation of deep sorrow or fear. The phrase "the shadow of death" is a Hebraism meaning "as dark...

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Soul restoration What would it take to restore your soul?

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In Psalm 23, King David described what was often required for him to experience inner renewal from the Lord. He wrote, "The LORD ... makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul" (vv. 1-3a). Something I find striking about those words is David's admission that he often needed the Lord to make him lie down in green gra...

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Worshiping Remotely

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Worshiping remotely It's not something new Christians all over the world these days are connecting with their church via electronic media to worship remotely with fellow believers. For many of us this is a new experience, but it has been done before. A New York Times article, dated May 21, 2006, describes a pastor who was ministering to a congregation of dispersed immig...

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A Psalm for Those Sheltering in Place

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A Psalm for Those Sheltering in Place Being shut indoors because of potential danger, as we currently are, can be challenging. We feel stuck. We feel alone. We are uncertain of what the future holds. In times like this, Psalm 142 can be a helpful guide for turning our thoughts toward God and directing our prayers. The scribal note connected with Psalm 142 tells us that...

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MESSAGE AND PLAYLIST FROM MATTHEW MAIMONE

To my beautiful new family in Astoria, Each and every one of you is in my constant prayer. God is good, even amidst tremendous difficulty. These are trying times, but we are still together in the sense that God is looking out for each of our needs and wants and hopes. I miss worshipping with you all very much so I prepared a small worship playlist to coincide with Davi...

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MARCH 22ND WORSHIP SERVICE

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We had a wonderful time of worship and hearing God's word preached by Pastor David on Sunday, March 22nd. If you haven't watched the service yet, you can still access it by clicking this link. Here's the bulletinto follow along with. ...

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Losing Control

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The spread of the coronavirus has, in many ways, made us feel that we are losing control. Our schedules have changed. Our plans have been cancelled. Technology we thought would protect us has proved powerless. No one knows what will happen tomorrow. We feel that control has been lost. But this is all an illusion. We haven't lost control; we never had it to begin with. J...

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