In the difficult possibility of life's changes, we don't like to hear any bad news. If something is going to be challenging we would rather not hear about it and often only face problems once they become unavoidable. In our gospel passage, Jesus does not protect the disciples from the trouble he foresees on the horizon. Even more incredibly, he admonishes them to not worry. This Sunday, we will seek after a wisdom that teaches us not only how to endure difficulties, but how to survive them.
People of faith are a hopeful people. It is an extension of our calling to forgive the unforgivable and love the unlovable. God's imaginative possibilities are far greater than our worries, fears, and hang-ups. Sunday after Sunday we band together with the wild expectation that we can grow into better people, that our future can be greater than our present, believing our destiny is always grander and more fulfilling than our current distractions. Theologically, this is known as redemption. The world and all who live in it have the capacity for transformation. Even in our struggles and moments of living through the shadows, God's ultimate plans and purposes will not be defeated. As we gather around the table of our LORD and declare his constancy throughout time, may we live further into his promises; sufficient for today and with brighter hope for tomorrow.
Women on Mission are collecting blankets or throws for the Christian Appalachian Project. CAP's mission is building hope, transforming lives, and sharing Christ’s love through service in Appalachia. Please drop off your donations at the church office by Sunday, Nov. 25, and if you have any questions, please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 278-2332.
This Sunday in both services, we look forward to hearing from Rev. Bob Fox as our special gospel proclaimer. Rev. Fox is a native of Louisville and grew up at St. Matthews Baptist Church in Louisville. He has degrees from Centre College, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Vanderbilt University. He has pastored local churches for 25 years, most recently Faith Baptist Church in Georgetown. In April, he became the coordinator for Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Kentucky. At the 11 a.m. service, we will also remember the saints of CBC, now resting in peace and sharing in God’s resurrection: Rhetta Anderson, Becky Colliver and Ann Holt. Please join us for worship at 8:45 and 11 a.m. this Sunday.
Now is the time for peaceful, courageous and prayerful action...
We will be looking at our past and current staffing and visioning what we believe the structure and characteristics of that staff should be in the future. Our recommendations will also include a (doable) path to that vision and suggestions for how we can nurture, grow, challenge and encourage our staff. We will need your input. Be on the lookout for listening sessions in the coming months!