Join us this Sunday for worship with services at 8:45 and 11:00 am. In our 11 am service, we're excited to celebrate the baptism of Susanna French. We rejoice with Susanna in this next step along her journey. As we come to the waters of baptism again, we are reminded of God's great invitation to all of us—to continually be renewed in love and to follow more closely the way of Jesus. At 11 am we'll also hear selection from the Handbell Choir, and at 8:45 am we'll hear music from Kara Kilpatrick and Jeno Smith.
Larry Gray is a graduate of the University of Kentucky (’79, ’95) and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (’79). He has served Baptist Healthcare in Kentucky since 1983, starting at Baptist Health Lexington as a clinical chaplain and educator and later serving as vice president for administrative and support services. From 2011 to 2018 he served as president of Baptist Health Corbin and in June he was named president of Baptist Health Louisville. Larry served four terms as a board member for Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, and two terms as the board’s Chair. He and Mary Ida were members of CBC from 1992- 2012. They are now members of First Baptist Church, Corbin. Larry and Mary Ida have 5 kids and 12 grandkids.
Of the myriad directions and distractions of our lives, one path brings us back to a place of wisdom, balance, and wholeness. It is the narrow way of Jesus' call to faith and practice bathed in forgiveness, kindness and saving truth. He invites us to participant into this life of goodness and grace. Join us this Sunday as we celebrate our belonging as the body of Christ with him and with one another, as we gather at his table in the breaking of the bread and the sharing of the cup.
On Sunday, August 19, we welcome Rachel Smith Childress as our guest preacher. Rachel is the CEO of Lexington Habitat for Humanity and has been a member of Central Baptist Church since 1980, serving in numerous leadership positions in the church. She is the mother of Julianna (Mark) Reagan, Delaney (Alex) Adams-Childress, and proud grandmother of Claire Reagan. She will be speaking about the power of gratitude, closing our summer theme. View the slideshow from Rachel's sermon below.
As we begin our wrap-up on this summer of gratitude, we find ourselves leaning into the powerful instructions found at the end of chapter 4 in Ephesians. In a world of dominating individualism and self-absorbed selfishness, we are called as God's people into the vulnerable and blessed joy of belonging together. Our reference point is relying not upon ourselves, but completely and sincerely upon the love of God, modeled in Christ and empowered by the Spirit. In this transforming relationship, we grow more capable to view ourselves more clearly, love one another more profoundly and offer our gratitude more deeply.
This Sunday we continue our theme of gratitude as we look at Ephesians chapter 4 and consider how Jesus is our example for life together. As we see how Jesus has welcomed and gifted us to share in ministry together we find humble appreciation for God's redemptive work in our lives and our communities. As we learn to walk in Jesus humble way, we find our place in God's beloved community.