While Easter and Passover are often in close proximity, I always rejoice when they fall on the same weekend as they do this year. The similarities are amazing!
The Israelites gather in their homes in Egypt awaiting the coming of God to bring death to all the firstborn. Sin always brings consequences and the ultimate consequence is death! The obedient have killed the lamb and placed the blood on the door. While there was faith, there must also have been some apprehension.
Then the wails went up all across the land, but in the homes of the obedient, there was joy. Their hope in the promise of God had come to fruition.
Now years later, again the faithful are gathered in their homes. They had seen their Hope nailed to a cross and watched Him die. Now He lay in a borrowed tomb and all hope seemed lost. But the Lamb of God who came to take away sins was not finished. On the third day, the huge boulder covering the entrance of the tomb was thrown away. But the tomb was already empty! The Savior had risen! Hope was again realized with the fulfillment of the promise of God.
A short while later, Peter preached at Pentecost. He declared the death of the Christ but also declared that it was not possible for death to keep Him in the grave. He is God! He is the Christ! He is the Messiah! And all who come to Him in faith believing Who He is and accepting His finished work become children of God, joint heirs with His Son and saved for time and eternity. Hallelujah! He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!
“Not a word was heard at the tomb that day, just a shuffling of soldiers’ feet as they guarded the grave. One day, two days, three days had passed; could it be that Jesus had breathed His last?
“Could it be that His Father had forsaken Him? Turned His back on His Son, despising our sin? All hell seemed to whisper, ‘Just forget it; He’s dead!’ Then the Father looked down to His Son and said: ‘Arise, My Love; arise, My Love. The grave no longer has a hold on You. No more death’s sting, no more suffering, arise, arise My Love.’
“The earth trembled, and the tomb began to shake. And like lightning from Heaven, the stone was rolled away. And as dead men, the guards, they all stood there in fright as the power of love displayed its might!
“Then suddenly a melody filled the air, riding wings of wind, it was everywhere. The words all creation has been longing to hear, the sweet sound of victory, so loud and clear…
“Sin, where are your shackles; death, where is your sting? Hell has been defeated, the grave could not hold the King!
“Arise, My Love! Arise, My Love! The grave no longer has a hold on You. No more death’s sting, no more suffering. Arise! Arise! Arise!”
(Written by Eddie Carswell; sung by Newsong)
■ Singing in the Sun is coming back to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center April 22-27, 6:30 p.m. nightly. Hear great music and great ministry. Tickets are on sale now. Phone 1-888-238-6858 or to online to abrahamproductions.net.
■ Get your team and prepare for the 11th Annual Ground Zero Dragon Boat Festival in the Grand Park at Market Common. This will be held on April 27 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (843) 945-9440.
■ Evangelist Tyler Blue will hold Revival Services at Langston Baptist Church. 763 S.C. 905, from April 28-May 3 at 6 p.m. Phone (843) 365-5141.
■ Deeply Rooted, the Women of Joy 2019 Tour will come to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center May 3-5 with music and ministry just for you! Register today at (256) 355-1554 or go online to womenofjoy.org.
Conway, Loris, Aynor and Western Horry
Holy Week Services:
■ Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 4301 Red Bluff Road, Loris invites you to its Easter Egg hunt Saturday at 11 a.m. Easter Services are: Sonrise and Breakfast at 7 a.m. Go to www.mtvernonbaptist.org.
■ Good Hope Baptist Church, 6101 Privetts Road, invites you to a Children’s Egg Hunt Saturday at 11 a.m. Enjoy hot dogs, the “Big Egg” Hunt, fun and the Easter Story. (Please bring one dozen prepared eggs per child and invite your friends!)
Easter Services are: Sunrise at 7 a.m., Fellowship Breakfast at 8 a.m., Bible Study for all ages at 9 a.m. and Worship Service at 10 a.m. (No evening service)
■ On Easter Sunday, Langston Baptist Church, 763 S.C. 905, invites you to come out and celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The celebration begins at 7:30 a.m. Phone (843) 365-5141.
■ You are cordially invited to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday at Bethany Bible Chapel, 1668 Four Mile Road. We’ll have the Lord’s Supper at 9:15 a.m. and Family Worship at 10:30 a.m. Then stay for Easter lunch and fellowship. There will be no evening service. Phone (843) 369-7729.
■ Salem United Methodist Church, 2376 S.C. 90, will have a Community Easter Egg Hunt Saturday from 10:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. Bring your family and friends and a basket to collect eggs. There will be hot dogs, chips, drinks, cupcakes and cookies for all. Enjoy games, face painting, egg dyeing and more.
The church is also collecting new girls and boys’ underwear for Fostering Hope! Please help fill the Easter Basket. Email to Salemumc90@gmail.com.
■ Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 2105 US 501 E, invites you to Easter Morning Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Church services with Holy Communion will be held at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
The church will serve free dinner on April 26 at 5 p.m. The entire community is invited. Bring someone who lives alone, is elderly or having hard times. Everyone is welcome. Phone (843) 347-4914.
■ The Catholic Church of St. James, 1071 Academy Drive, will have Bilingual Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday; on Good Friday: Living Stations of the Cross at noon, Liturgy of the Passion and Death of our Lord with Communion at 3 p.m. and Spanish Liturgy with Via Crucis at 7 p.m.; on Saturday at 8 p.m. The Great Vigil and First Mass of Easter (bilingual); and on Easter Sunday, 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Mass in English, 12:30 p.m. Mass in Spanish. Phone (843) 347-5168.
■ Easter at the Rock: Conway, 1408 Millpond Road, Thursday 6:30 p.m., Saturday 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and noon.
Coastal at C3 Coffee House, 201 Graduate Road, Sunday at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.; Aynor, at Faith Baptist Church, Corner of Eighth Avenue and U.S. 501, Sunday at 6 p.m. Phone (843) 488-1195.
■ Ekklesia Christian Church, 2469 East U.S. 501, Family Carnival on Thursday from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. with petting zoo, pony carousel, carnival food, train rides and more, plus an outdoor service with live music; Easter Sunday, outdoor sunrise service and breakfast at 6:15 a.m., morning worship at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Phone (843) 443-7774.
■ Hope Church, meeting at 624 Singleton Ridge Road, will have Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m., Easter Egg hunt on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Easter Worship Celebration at 10 a.m. Go to hopechurchmb.com.
Other Services and Events
■ Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 2610 Mt. Zion Road in Loris, will have a Pastor Appreciation Service on April 28 at 10 a.m. The Adoration Quartet will provide special music. Phone (843) 756-2720.
■ The Ladies Guild of the Church of the Resurrection will hold its annual Spring Yard Sale on May 10 and 11 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at 204 Heritage Road in Loris. Phone (843) 716-6012.
■ Maple Baptist Church is hosting a Craft and Product Fair, May 18 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Northside Plaza, 2910 SC 65 in Conway (intersection of U.S. 701 N and SC 65). There will be a large variety of homemade crafts as well as many of your favorite products – kitchen items, makeup, jewelry and more. Vendor space is still available. Contact Martha Ann Johnson at (843) 365-3685.
■ Dogwood Hill Baptist Church, 1040 Mt. Zion Road in Loris, invites you to a special concert with the Allen Family on April 28 at 6 p.m. Phone (843) 756-3450. The Allens will also be singing at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Monday at 6 p.m. Go online to allenministries.com.
■ St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 3449 S.C. 65, will be distributing food on the second and fourth Fridays of each month from 11 a.m. until all food has been distributed.
■ Loris First United Methodist Church, 3507 Broad St., has a Blessing Box in the church and it is available each Friday from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. This box contains nonperishable food items and individuals in need are encouraged to come to the church at those times. Also, if you would like to donate items, please place them in the box.
■ Dogwood Hill Baptist Church, 1040 Mt. Zion Road in Loris has a food pantry on the third Saturday of each month from 8 a.m.-10 a.m.
■ Salem Baptist Church, 4008 Salem Road in Aynor, opens its Food Bank on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 9 a.m.-noon. The mission: “We serve Christ when we serve people.”
Myrtle Beach/The Coast
Holy Week Services
■ St. Philip Lutheran Church, 6200 N. Kings Hwy., will offer the following Holy Week services: Palm Sunday, 10 a.m.; Maundy Thursday, 12:15 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Good Friday, 12:15 p.m. and 7p.m.; Easter Sunday, 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
The National Day of Prayer is May 2. The church will hold a prayer day from 10 a.m.-7p.m. At 7 p.m. a Prayer of Celebration will conclude the day. Join our community, praying for our nation, leaders, state and community. The theme for the day is “Love one another, just as I have loved you.” John 13:34.
Phone (843) 449-5342 or go online to the website: www.stphiliplutheranchurchmb.com.
■ Myrtle Beach Christian Church 1226 Burcale Road, will once again host its Journey to Jerusalem, the outdoor drama of Jesus’ final week. Walk through Jerusalem; see His death, burial and resurrection. This is being held Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.
Suggested donation is $5 per adult, $3 per child. Golf carts are available for the handicapped (call ahead to reserve). Proceeds benefit the Puerto Rico Mission: La Iglesia Cristiana de Ponce. Phone (843) 236-1121.
■ Come Worship With Us On The Beach! Saturday before Resurrection Sunday at 9 a.m. Come to 104 Ninth Ave. North in Myrtle Beach. Bring your guitar, box drum, wind instrument, tambourine, shofar and worship flags. Also bring your heart of worship!
■ Grand Strand Baptist Church, 350 Hospitality Lane, Easter SONrise at 6:30 a.m. on the Second Avenue Pier; Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and Morning Worship at 10:45 a.m. (no evening service). Phone (843) 236-2233.
■ Socastee Baptist Church, 3690 Socastee Blvd., will present The Passion Play on Friday at 6:30 p.m. On Easter, come to SonRise at 7 p.m. and the Resurrection Service at 10:30 p.m. where the Worship Choir will present their Easter Concert. Phone (843) 293-2762.
■ Risen Christ Lutheran Church, 10595 N. Kings Hwy., Sunday Sunrise at 6 a.m. (Beach front at the Hilton Myrtle Beach, 10000 Beach Club Drive); Traditional Service at 8:30 a.m. and Praise Service at 10:30 a.m. Phone (843) 272-5845.
■ Palmetto Shores Church, 6250 Dick Pond Road, Easter Sunday at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Phone (843) 461-0970.
■ First Presbyterian Church, 3810 Robert Grissom Pkwy, Maundy Thursday Communion, 6 p.m. (Early Sabbath in Wilkes Hall), 7:30 p.m. Sanctuary; Good Friday Prayer Vigil, Sanctuary open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Easter Sunday: Sunrise Service, coffee at 6:30 a.m. and service at 7 a.m. (Island Vista Resort beach), Traditional Services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Phone (843) 448-4496.
■ Trinity United Methodist Church of North Myrtle Beach invites you to its Easter Sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. at 17th Avenue South, NMB. Phone (843) 272-5236.
■ St. Michael Catholic Church, 542 Cypress Ave. in Murrells Inlet, Holy Thursday (no 8 a.m. or noon masses or confession), Mass of Lord’s Supper 6 p.m.; Food Friday, Stations of the Cross, noon; Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, 3 p.m.; Stations of the Cross, 6 p.m.; Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil 8 p.m.; Easter Sunday, 6 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (Spanish) in Church; 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in Duffy Center. Phone (843) 651-3737.
■ Temple Emanu-El will have a Passover Community Seder, supervised by Rabbi Avi Perets, Friday at 6:30 p.m. This will be held at The Dunes Club, 9000 N. Ocean Blvd.
Dinner Buffet includes matzah ball soup, tossed garden salad, steamed vegetable medley, roasted new potatoes, brisket, baked salmon, matzo, assorted Passover desserts, Kosher wine or grape juice. Adults $50; nonmember adults $60; Children 4-12, $25; nonmember children $35.
■ Myrtle Beach Passover 2019, presented by the Judeo Christian Alliance, will be held April 25 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Jerusalem Mediterranean Restaurant, 205 N. Kings Hwy.
This will include the history of Passover, symbolism of Seder Plate elements and how Jesus fulfilled the Spring Feast.
Cost is $15 per person ($6 for kids), which includes meal and presentation (all tax deductible). Send check to Judeo Christian Alliance, P.O. Box 5228, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29597. Call with credit card to Coastal Carolinas Integrated Medicine at (910) 755-6060. RSVP and Menu Choice: https://www. Drcarlywilleford.com/Passover. Pay with PayPal at https://www.paypal.me/drcarlywilleford.
Other Services and Events
■ Faith Outreach Ministries of the Grand Strand will hold its monthly New Beginnings Food Distribution Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon in the Church of the Resurrection, 8901 U.S. 17 Bypass, Surfside Beach. There will be free groceries, free lunch, social services information and a children’s craft table.
■ Temple Emanu-EL by the Sea, 65th Ave. North and N. Kings Hwy., invites you to Friday night service at 7:30 p.m. (Kosher Oneg), Shabbat Service at 10 a.m. (Kosher Kiddush).
Also: Sunday and Hebrew School, 9:30 a.m.-noon (April 28 only). (Information? E-mail email@example.com.)
Adult Education Classes: Advanced Hebrew, 1 p.m.; Adult Education, 2 p.m. Hebrew, all month 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
Current Second Nature Project: we are collecting individually-wrapped snacks and juice boxes to help both the Community Kitchen and Helping Hand. Place in the basket by the front door of the Rosen Center. All Mitzvoth greatly appreciated. Questions? Contact Karen Osborne at (843) 446-1060.
Community Yom Hashoah Service, April 28 at 1 p.m.; Yizkor and Memorial Prayer. Guest speaker, Dan Arbell, 25-year veteran of the Israeli Foreign Service; his topic will be “The US-Israel Relationship in a Changing Middle East”.
Camp Judaea: Israel, Judaism, Nature, Community, Individual growth. For boys and girls age 7-15. Phone 1-404-634-7883.
■ The Carolina Master Chorale will have its Season Finale April 27 at 7:30 p.m. and April 28 at 4 p.m. in Ocean View Baptist Church, 7300 N. Kings Highway. Phone (843) 444-5774.
■ Myrtle Beach Christian Church, 1226 Burcale Road, opens its Thrift Store each week, Thursday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. You are encouraged to come out and browse and buy and, in so doing, you’ll be supporting this community outreach. Phone (843) 236-1121.
■ Temple Shalom, 4023 Belle Terre Blvd., invites you to Shabbat services each Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Phone (843) 903-6634 or go online to templeshalommyrtlebeach.net.
■ The annual Blessing of the Inlet at Belin United Methodist Church in Murrells Inlet will take place May 4 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This is the 23rd anniversary of the event, which is always much anticipated and well attended.
The free event, held rain or shine includes entertainment, more than 100 arts and crafts vendors, food from local restaurants, a children’s play area with inflatables and other fun-filled events and games for all ages.
The highlight of the day is the Blessing of the Inlet ceremony at 11:30 a.m., which will be administered by the Rev. Dr. Mike Alexander and the Rev. Walter Cantwell. Following the blessing, visitors will be invited to “Stay and Pray” in the Belin sanctuary.
One of the important aspects of the day is that this event generates funds for many missions, charities and nonprofit organizations. The honored charity for 2019 is the Low Country Veterans Group of Georgetown, 2921 Highmarket Street.
This group’s mission is to reach veterans affected by homelessness, physical and mental disabilities, unemployment and job retention. A key component and goal for their mission is to provide peer support and veteran-to-veteran assistance. They also provide much needed assistance to veteran family members and survivors.