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Happy Labor Day!

Central,

Happy Labor Day weekend!

This weekend we celebrate the gift of labor, work and vocation. What is our work in the Kingdom of God? I think a better question is "how do we labor or work in the Kingdom of God?" This Sunday we gather around Jesus' identity as the TRUE VINE. You will want to ready John 15:1-7 to prepare yourself for worship. Jesus says, "apart from me you can do nothing." Really? Seems a little absurd and radical to me! But it is true! If Jesus were to ever remove his life-giving presence from creation everything would revert to chaos. Colossians 1:15-20 declares that "in Jesus all things were created" and "in Him all things hold together."

Back to the question, "how do we work in the kingdom of God?" Two truths from God's word help us understand how we work as disciples of Jesus. Psalm 127:1 declares, "Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain." Zechariah 4:6 announces, "This is the word of the Lord: Not my might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts." This Sunday let us come just as we are and offer ourselves to the Holy Spirit and ask the Lord to do whatever he wants with us. 7 times in John 15:1-7 is the word ABIDE. May each of us in the body of Central know what it is to abide in Jesus.

Tomorrow as you enter Central you will receive a "I'm Listening" card. It will serve as a reminder to pray and listen to God. We are particularly asking people to listen to God's call to be part of the three new initiatives this fall. How can you serve on Sunday morning as PATHFINDERS will begin for children through 5th grade from 10:00 - 10:45. How can you serve on Sunday evenings as 7 GIFTS are being offered to the community, i.e., FPU, Cleansing Stream, Discover Who You Are, Men's Quest, Griefshare, Parenting, and a Single Mom's course? How can you serve on Wednesday evenings as Vibe(grades 1-5), Rhythm (grade 6) and Echo (grades 7-12) begin?

These are exciting times at Central as go deeper into the life of Christ!

Paul