We continue our series, The Journey Must Continue, this Sunday as we reflect on 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11. It does not take long on the journey of faith to find that this is not a road of ease and comfort. The way of Jesus is not a path to privilege, but a call to serve each other and walk alongside each other in our joys and sorrows alike. The church is called to be a place of sanctuary, not in isolation from our community, but deeply engaged with those around us. The call of Jesus to bring justice and liberation extends to the church and may lead to shadowy paths, but the community of sisters and brothers of faith standing in solidarity can bring hope and light. Join us as we consider how we can support and encourage each other on our journey.
This Sunday we celebrate communion and the baptism of Emma Austin. As we continue our series, The Journey Must Continue, we will reflect on 1 Peter 3:13-22. As we celebrate the grace and resurrection of Easter, we remember we are called to live out that grace through faith in the way of Jesus and commitment to his ethic. The hope of resurrection calls us to walk with compassion no matter our circumstances trusting that Gods love will overcome all injustice and hatred.
This week we continue our attention with 1 Peter as we consider the nurture of God over the course of the Christian story and within our own individual lives. As a people formed by Christ and the power of his resurrection, the journey must continue. The hope is to deepen our appreciation for ways we might be courageous and progressive as we struggle and grow through spiritual infancy to spiritual maturity. Join us as we examine another challenging text in light of contemporary theological issues.
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.
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.