Due to the overnight snow and extremely cold temperatures throughout the day, all services and activities for Central Baptist Church have been cancelled. As we keep warm and safe with family, friends and loves ones, let us also remember with prayerful compassion and support all who are isolated, lonely and abandoned. And in keeping with our concern for the poor, the homeless, the oppressed and the forgotten, it is well to recall and be inspired by these words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea. Anyone who lives in the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere in this country. Letters from a Birmingham Jail (1963)
How quickly the light and joy of Christmas turns to gray skies and treacherous journeys. As we consider the words of the prophet Isaiah, we remember that even in our struggles, God is still with us. Often, it's on the difficult road that we find the sustenance and grace that strengthens us and brings us to a heightened awareness of the true depths of God's entwinement with our humanity.
In a culture of constant and unrelenting noise, it is often difficult to hear the voice of God. This Sunday, we continue our preparations for a new year by thinking together about the possibility and promise of spiritual direction. God's voice is heard through the pages of scripture, the example, and teachings of Jesus, the attentive conversations within the Christian community and through the gentle force of disciplined prayer. Join us as we reason and worship together on how God continues to lead and speak to us.
This year we are delighted that the traditional date for Epiphany (January 6th) will fall on a Sunday. Throughout Christian history, this date has celebrated the way God's revelation was expanded beyond the Jewish world. Magi from the East were not only attentive to the silent voice of God they heard calling with the star's appearing, but were determined to seek out and follow this light wherever it might lead them. With the beginning of this new year, we seek to learn from their example, to resist earthly definitions of power, all in an effort to sort out God's universal message of liberation and love for all people.
Let's prepare for the Daily Advent Devotional!
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!