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.
Christ is Risen! He has risen, indeed! We have left the doldrums of winter. We have endured the season of discipline. We have been enriched by practice of Lent. And now, this wonderful Easter affirmation guides our hearts, minds and lives as we join for our gatherings and worship this Sunday. A light breakfast will begin our day of study, singing and worship. Don't miss this wonderful day of fellowship and worship with your church family at Central.
On Holy Saturday, we enter that strange space between. Jesus has died and the disciples have gone into hiding. Today we contemplate the waywardness the disciples must have felt as they waited, struggling with their loss and grief. So today, before our celebrations, we consider this great loss. And yet, the brightness and glory of the resurrection is even brighter when juxtaposed with the darkness of this day. The song we’ll here contemplates what the disciples may have felt after Jesus’ death and burial--the muddle of feelings and dashed hopes that we all experience in our times of grief. And still we hope, for tomorrow is a new day.
Today we follow Jesus to the cross and into the darkness. It seems odd to call this day good, but we come with the faith that God will bring life renewed. We usually don’t have podcasts on the weekends, but there’ll be a couple of shorter, reflective pieces this weekend--one for Holy Saturday, and then one for Easter Sunday. Today, we'll hear a poem by Bill Campbell titled 'Among the Crowds.' Thanks to Christie, Matt, Skye, and Adam Gabbard for reading scripture. The music for the readings is by Matt Gabbard.