The Konde-Bibombe family fled their home in war-torn country of The Democratic Republic of Congo in search of a better life. Their journey has now brought them to Lexington, making their home with us. Let's help welcome them as they begin their in the Bluegrass. Silverback is having a benefit concert for Ben, Francoise and their family at Willie's Locally Known on June 4. The concert is from 4-6pm. Come out to offer your support to the family and listen to some good music.
On June 9, the church is gathering at the Hancock's paradise property to have a cookout and enjoy the company of each other. Grilling will start at 4pm and continue throughout the evening. Bring your favorite dessert or side item. Please stop by anytime for a bite to eat. For those who want to spend the night outdoors, bring your tent and campout for the evening.
The Camp Out Sunday School series runs June 11-August 20. Examining stories of the life of Jesus and exploring our connection to God's world through outdoor activities, we we meet each week in the gym from 10:00-10:40. If you enjoy outdoor activities, gardening, doing crafts, or singing campfire songs, we have a place for you to volunteer. Come join us and get a little "s'more" of Jesus.
This Sunday we will start a new series called The Journey Must Continue focused on the lectionary readings from 1 Peter. This week we look at 1 Peter 2:19-25, where we consider the reality of suffering and pain encountered by the early Christian community because of their faithful witness. Why would they suffer after they had received a faith in the power and victory of the resurrection. It’s an understandable struggle. Would the glory of Jesus’ victory over the grave imply his followers would still need to cope with burdens and sacrifices? Would being faithful to Jesus imply a similar fate for them? Some early believers resolved this conflict by looking up to the sky for their deliverance, while others got down to the task of living faithfully, even as they kept this same hope in their hearts. Join with us as we seek to learn from this community of Christians inspired by the work of 1 Peter.
Each year I am reminder and encouraged by my time meeting at the Alliance of Baptists Annual Gathering. It is always a nice and peaceful week to be among other Baptists who think and act as we do at Central. This year the theme was Embracing God’s Call to Justice and Love. And much of what we heard was in our grand tradition of provocation and dissent. In order to live out our calling to be love and work toward justice, it is imperative for us to understand our heritage as Baptists and our history of dissent.
A service of Light is based on the ancient practice of an Easter Vigil in which Christians gathered in the darkness of Saturday night to tell the story of God's work through Christ as they awaited the light of Easter morning. The service culminates with a celebration of the gift of Risen Jesus. We will share scripture and songs pointing to Jesus as the Light of the world. Children will help lead in worship during this service and Rev. Crystal Shepherd will be preaching.Our church enjoys a wonderful and historic relationship with the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky. BSK recently welcomed their new President Dr. David Cassidy who will be starting his leadership with the Seminary in May. Within our congregation have been and continue to be trustees, faculty members, alumni, current students, and parents of former students. Today’s service is led by current student Sara Herrington Jones and alumna Crystal Shepherd. Your continued prayer and financial support is greatly appreciated and valued. Learn more at www.bsk.edu.
Today we wake to find the tomb empty. Jesus is risen from the dead and is alive. The time of suffering is over and we can celebrate in the life Jesus offers to all. Thanks to Susan Waggener and Pete Grass for reading scripture and to Central's Sanctuary Choir for singing on 'Bright and Early.' This ends our Lenten series for this season, but we'll be back periodically with more stories from fellow wayfarers.
This year, we will focus our Lenten journey on the process of “unlearning.” Unlearning starts with the recognition that we have, over time, developed very specific biases in the course of our lives. These perspectives have served us well, but they are not universal. Everyone has their own set of discriminations. The Christian practice of Lent is a purposed and discipline plan of letting go, of changing our patterns, of seeking to approach our life from a fresh angle. It may require a different pattern of behavior or response. It may seek to undo old and more familiar ways before new connections and pathways can be made.
You are invited during this season of Lent 2017 to reflect on and ponder anew the teachings of our Lord in the beginning of chapter 5 of the Gospel of Matthew. These celebrated sayings often beginning what the English words, “Blessed are…” might be the most famous of all of Jesus’ words. Yet, instead of inviting us into a deeper insight, their familiarity can actually lead us into a nearly neglectful form of inattention. We can be so certain we already “know them.”