Orchard Community Church
Shaking but No Baking
The people were shaken when Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, but it didn’t lead them to truly embrace Him. Why? Because we’re inconsistent people who can say we want Jesus one moment and push Him aside the next. Palm Sunday
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  • Orchard Community Church
    8180 Telephone Rd, Ventura, CA 93004, USA
    星期日 10:30 上午
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    星期日 10:00 上午

People derive security from a lot of different things in this life. Yet, from time to time things happen that shake us and reminds us of how unstable most of those things are. We know what it’s like to be shaken by a health scare, a financial struggle, a pandemic, or some other challenge. Sometimes our world is literally shaken by earthquakes and at times God even shakes us with what He’s doing or in order to get our attention. The truth is that can be shaken will be shaken at some point, and for that reason, scripture calls us to cling to what cannot be shaken, to Jesus our rock and foundation, and to God and things of God. So what can we do in this season of Lent to cling more tightly to Jesus and to build our foundation on Him?

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♪ Impossible Things
You heal the broken-hearted
You set the captive free
You lift the heavy burden
And even now You are lifting me

There is no healer like the Lord our Maker
There is no equal to the King of kings oh
Our God is with us we will fear no evil
'Cause You do impossible things
(Yeah You do impossible things)

Though I walk through the valley
Darkness surrounding me
There You prepare a table mmm
In the presence of my enemies yeah

One word and the walls start falling
One word and the blind will see
One word and the sinner's forgiven
'Cause You do impossible things

CCLI Song # 7070288
♪ Follow You
Not my will, but Yours be done,
I’m following the Son,
I’ll trust in You and I will obey,
And If I’m the only one,
Until my life is done,
I’ll take my cross and I will follow You

Follow You, follow You,
I’ll live my life for You,
It’s the least that I can do,
Follow You, follow You,
I’ll take my cross and I will follow You

Jimmy Mac
♪ Graves Into Gardens
I searched the world but it couldn't fill me
Man's empty praise and treasures that fade
Are never enough
Then You came along and put me back together
And every desire is now satisfied here in Your love

Oh there's nothing better than You
There's nothing better than You
Lord there's nothing
Nothing is better than You

I'm not afraid to show You my weakness
My failures and flaws
Lord You've seen them all
And You still call me friend
'Cause the God of the mountain
Is the God of the valley
And there's not a place
Your mercy and grace won't find me again

You turn mourning to dancing
You give beauty for ashes
You turn shame into glory
You're the only one who can

You turn graves into gardens
You turn bones into armies
You turn seas into highways
You're the only one who can

CCLI Song # 7138219
♪ O Come To The Altar
Are you hurting and broken within
Overwhelmed by the weight of your sin
Jesus is calling
Have you come to the end of yourself
Do you thirst for a drink from the well
Jesus is calling

O come to the altar
The Father's arms are open wide
Forgiveness was bought with
The precious blood of Jesus Christ

Leave behind your regrets and mistakes
Come today there's no reason to wait
Jesus is calling
Bring your sorrows and trade them for joy
From the ashes a new life is born
Jesus is calling

Oh what a Savior
Isn't he wonderful
Sing alleluia Christ is risen
Bow down before him
For he is Lord of all
Sing alleluia Christ is risen

Bear your cross as you wait for the crown
Tell the world of the treasure you've found

CCLI Song # 7051511
We are prone to being inconsistent as well. We’re capable of great acts of faith and courage and at the same time, we are prone to deep lapses in judgment and integrity.
This morning we’re going to focus on how inconsistent we can be at times and how Jesus calls us to something better than all this world has to offer!
When the high Holy day of Passover came and Jesus headed to Jerusalem, the capital city, the center of religious activity in Israel, people wondered what it meant and just who Jesus really was.
Jesus chose this route intentionally because hundreds of years before, the prophet Zechariah said that one day the Messiah would come to Jerusalem by way of the Mount of Olives.[1]

[1] Zechariah 14:4-5.
Donkeys aren’t very inspiring animals to us, they’re small and funny looking. But the reason for Zechariah’s prophecy and for Jesus choosing to fulfill it was that donkeys were the traditional animals ridden by Jewish Kings.[1]

[1] I Kings 1:32-34.
With all of these things Jesus was finally answering the question everyone had been wondering about, “Was he the Messiah?” Jesus’ answer to that question was a clear “Yes”
With v. 8 the whole scene turns into a kind of ticker-tape parade for Jesus as people begin to spread their cloaks and branches on the road before Jesus.
It had become a full celebration because they believe the Messiah had finally come to start a new chapter in God’s reign.
v. 10 says that Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem became such a huge even that “the whole city was stirred.” The Greek word for “stirred” here (eseisthe).[1]

[1] From the word “seio.” See https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/nas/seio.html ; Bloomberg, NAC, Matthew, 313.
And if you didn’t know this story, based on what we’ve read so far, you might think that over the next week Jesus would be rise to power and be recognized as the Messiah and King. But that’s not what happens.
Jesus didn’t change during that week, he was the same person when they led him to the cross that he was when he rode into the city. It was the people who changed their minds that week because that’s what we often do; we are inconsistent.
You see, we say we want Jesus, that He’s great, and all we need one minute, and the next moment we chose something else over him, we are inconsistent, you could even call us fickle.
Based on Jesus’ amazing reception into the city you’d think it would’ve taken a massive conspiracy, but not really, Matthew and Mark both say that all it took was a few people to stir up the crowd.
And we do the same thing in many different ways. So often we know what Jesus wants us to do and to be, but then in the moment, we are tempted, we want something else, so we chose it over Jesus, we turn away from him and we sin. And sometimes we go a long way down that road away from him.
The problem was that they had mistakenly bought into a very earthly view of the messiah.
What they failed to see was that Jesus didn’t come to establish an earthly kingdom, he came to establish a spiritual kingdom, a kingdom that’s not about land or power, but about our hearts. Jesus didn’t come to save them from the Romans, he came to save us from sin.
What Jesus did was, he came and lived the good and right life that we’re supposed to live, but don’t. And then Jesus took his good and right life and offered it on the cross in place of our broken and sinful lives. He literally laid down his life for us, substituting his life for ours. And when he did that, he put right the wrong our sin, he wiped the slate clean, and brought us grace and peace with God now and forever!
Palm Sunday makes us realize how easily we can be pushed in one direction or another.
The call of Lent is for us to do better than that, to reexamine our lives and think about what needs to go and what needs to stay, to reassess our priorities and what place Jesus takes in them, and to seek to grow our faith and strength our resolve to follow Jesus with an unflinching consistency worthy of the sacrifice he had made for us and love he has for us!
♪ Build Your Kingdom Here
Come set Your rule and reign
In our hearts again
Increase in us we pray
Unveil why we're made
Come set our hearts ablaze with hope
Like wildfire in our very souls
Holy Spirit come invade us now
We are Your church
We need Your power in us

We seek Your kingdom first
We hunger and we thirst
Refuse to waste our lives
For You're our joy and prize
To see the captives' hearts released
The hurt the sick the poor at peace
We lay down our lives for heaven's cause
We are Your church, we pray revive this earth

Build Your kingdom here
Let the darkness fear
Show Your mighty hand
Heal our streets and land
Set Your church on fire
Win this nation back
Change the atmosphere
Build Your kingdom here we pray

Unleash Your kingdom's power
Reaching the near and far
No force of hell can stop
Your beauty changing hearts
You made us for much more than this
Awake the kingdom seed in us
Fill us with the strength and love of Christ
We are Your church, we are the hope on earth

CCLI Song # 6186078
Today's Music
Orchard's Streaming and Song Select CCLI# 160190

March Issue of the Orchard Life

Orchard Life is our monthly publication highlighting all the great things going on at Orchard. In every issue, you will find Staff and Ministry articles, announcements, and much more!

Worship Options

We are excited to be able to worship under the Tent together. If you are not wanting to be under the Tent, feel free to sit in the front row of parking spots of the Orchard Parking Lot your car and tune your radio to 100.1 FM to listen to the service.

1. Masks must be worn while on the Orchard Campus (both inside and out)
2. Please maintain the Social Distance
3. Sunday Morning Children's program. Children are always welcome in the service and we do not mind the noises that come with children. Children are a healthy sign of a healthy congregation.

Orchard Kids Sunday School (For preschool through 5th grade)
We encourage families to bring your own blanket and beach chairs and distance on the lawn as much as you like. Children will worship with their families and be dismissed following the kids’ message, escorted by our Orchard Kids’ Leaders to our beautiful outdoor classroom space in the children’s play yard. We will have our Bible story, activities, crafts, and games in a specially designed format following current health and safety guidelines. Parents, please come to the children’s area immediately following the worship service and find all of your children in one place. Each family will receive a “My Church Bag” to be brought each week with basic supplies already included plus items from home: water bottle and mask for each child and a blanket for all siblings. Our team is so excited to see your family! See you Sunday!

Nursery care for children birth to 3 years old is available by RSVP only to Melinda Hoyt at melinda@orchardventura.org.

Interested in being a Volunteer? Middle school through adult, please contact Melinda Hoyt at melinda@orchardventura.org.

While we understand that some may not feel comfortable coming back in person or having to wear masks while on the Orchard campus, we encourage you to stay home and join us online with our Live Stream.

Office Hours
Monday – Thursdays from 10 am to noon.
Masks and social distancing are required.
If you are unable to make it in during our office hours, please send an email to info@orchardventura.org and or leave a message at (805) 647-3757.

Small groups are a big deal! They help you grow by connecting with others, studying the Bible, and praying together. Contact Jo Schultze (joanna.l.schulze@gmail.com) or Richard Smith (r_smith122@hotmail.com or text 805-766-6549) to learn more.

Enjoy the company of other parents at 9:00 on Zoom (or in the library eventually) on Sunday mornings discussing what God says about life as a family. Make life more enjoyable and less frustrating by strengthening your relationship with God, Find life filled with opportunities, We will be following the children's curriculum, using stories from throughout the bible, taking some from unusual perspectives. This group is facilitated by Rich and LuAnn Smith. Please email Rich to get the Zoom Link and password at R_smith122@hotmail.com

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