Advent is a season of contradictions: angels bless teenage mothers, night shift workers hear holy proclamations, and God shows up as a newborn baby. We find a mysterious jumble of divinity and humanity, expectation and arrival, joy and loss. Neither are our contemporary holidays simply happy and bright. We too experience the delight and the heartache of this season. Rather than attempting to harmonize these contradictions, we’ll reflect on these mysteries and see what happens when we hold these dichotomies together with a gentle curiosity. We’ll also explore some mindful practices to encourage openness and self-compassion.
Join us this Sunday for worship in person or online as we celebrate Advent peace. This week we continue our journey through the book of Isaiah as we anticipate the arrival of the Christ child. The prophet proclaims hope for all people—a beautiful equity where every soul is cherished and everyone belongs. Mountains are leveled. Valleys are raised up. And amid these depictions of God's power, we find the image of a shepherd, gathering lambs and gently leading them home. The peace we celebrate in Advent is not necessarily embodied in the calm and quiet of new fallen snow. God's peace finds purchase even in the harsh highlands and the deep valleys. God's peace holds power and tenderness in skillful tension so that every soul finds their way home. Watch the Stream on Youtube.
The Women on Mission and Central Baptist recently delivered 125 boxes to the Appalachian Christmas Boxes distribution headquarters at at First Baptist Church in Corbin.
Join us for a wonderful time of worship and contemplation as we celebrate the mystery and wonder of God with us together. We'll gather for a pot luck meal at 5:30 p.m. followed by a candlelight service at 6:30 p.m. The church will provide sliced ham. You can bring sides, salads, and desserts to share.
Central Baptist Church was organized in November 1953. Plans for starting a mission originated in 1951 when Central Baptist Hospital was being constructed on South Limestone. Interest flagged then was renewed and on Sunday, November 8, 1953 at 3:00 PM at Trinity Methodist Church on South Limestone, 33 people representing five churches met to make plans for organizing a Baptist Church.
By addressing the root causes of hunger, we will make greater strides to not only nourishing bodies, but also nourishing souls and restoring dignity. No matter your capability or where you find the most joy, there is always a way to help.
This week we will think about courage and the courage it takes to wait. On the heels of the 50th Earth Day, we will also consider creation and our place in God's diverse and beloved community of life. Thanks to Lelia Midkiff for providing the beautiful watercolor above.
Normalcy seems to be an idea of the past. Why are we here and what are we to do? These questions are central to the biblical story as well as our current situation. This Sunday, we look back at the work of God through the people in exile. Their isolation and uncertainty are felt by us, and their hope for restoration can help us shape a promising future. Join us this week for a message from Charles Conkin.
Join us from your computers, tablets, phones, and televisions as we celebrate even in the midst of shadows. The image above is a painting by our own Charlotte Blaydes. She started painting during our watercolor workshop last fall and has already created this beautiful work. While we may be apart, we can still find little hopes and joys scattered about like a bright red cardinal or an evening stroll. This week during our prayer time, we'll invite our children to draw pictures of things they are grateful for.