This Sunday we continue to focus on the power and necessity of hope to guide us through our lives. Guiding our attention are two challenging passages of Scripture discussing the "day of the Lord." Often this is imagined as a day full of fear and dread. The reality of our world pushes us to acknowledge how life is not always easy, enjoyable or quickly understood. Yet, despite our troubles, God calls us to live with faith, love, and, yes, lots of hope. As we soon prepare for the gifts and teachings of Advent, we seek inspiration and celebration when the day of the Lord can appear. Herein, lies a hope to inspire us through all difficulties and points us to the tangible and meaningful impact we might have, living and acting as a faithful people, full of love and service to a world in so desperate need of both.
In October of 2013, our church participated in a special study of scripture and what we called a "compassionate conversation" to further address and define our policies and commitment to the full inclusion and participation of those with a diverse sexual orientation or identity. A part of this process was a study led by Pastor Mark Johnson on how we might frame and address this issue for our church and community. This Sunday we finish our discussion begun last week to review and update this study in the Minister's Class. All are welcome to join us. We will meet in the Sanctuary from 9:50 to 10:30.
In October of 2013, our church participated in a special study of scripture and what we called a compassionate conversation to further address and define our policies and commitment to the full inclusion and participation of those with a diverse sexual orientation or identity. A part of this process was a study led by Pastor Mark Johnson on how we might frame and address this issue for our church and community.
This Sunday we will celebrate communion and call into remembrance those members of our church who have passed from death into the life promised by the mystery and hope of the resurrection. We particularly remember those whom we have lost this past year: Theo Hatch, Mary Kibbey and Herschel Taylor. Each of these individuals used the gift of their years to care, love and support others. They remain an enduring part of our church’s legacy that continues to shape and influence our lives going forward. While we are sad for their parting, we are grateful for their lives. Join us for this experience of worship as we deepen our faith before God, to be formed and transformed in Christ and empowered in this life and in the next through the Holy Spirit.
Our special guest, Lori Poynter shares about the tragic death of her then twenty-five year old son, Alex in 2015 to an opioid overdose. Lori's story sheds light on the difficulties of dealing with opioid addiction that affects so many in our state and nation.
An unknown runner inspires a preacher on vacation with a one word sermon.
There's a new way to give your offering to Central. When you go to LexCentral.com you can simply click on any "Give" button and you'll be directed to our new giving platform. There you'll be able to securely enter your payment information to give via credit/debit card or even bank draft. Your gift can be a one time offering or you can choose to make recurring donations. You don't need to sign up or log in. Online giving is available via any web browser, so you can even give securely from your phone. If you have questions, Aaron Austin (firstname.lastname@example.org) will be happy to help. Give
The following is a list of books recommended by folks from Central Baptist Church as formative and meaningful in their Christian journey. Please speak with the appropriate person if you would like more information about any of the following books.
Early next week the Lexington Cemetery Board will consider the recommendation from the Lexington City Council to relocate the controversial statues at Cheapside to the Cemetery. Here's the letter I sent to the board in support of this action. Please pray for wisdom, compassion and fairness to undergird all decisions that guide the peace and well-being of our city.