What a beautiful day! Of course, for the Christ-follower, every day is lived in the spirit of the Psalmist; "this is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it." In the midst of good times and bad, sickness and health, riches and poverty, strength and weakness, 'we are more than conquerors through Christ' who lives as Lord every day! Please take a moment and consider 4 things in preparation for Sunday worship.
1. FATHERS DAY - The Old Testament ends with the prophecy that the 'hearts of the Fathers will turn to their children and the hearts of the children to their Fathers." On this Father's Day let us pray for the ministry of Fathers. May God raise up righteous men who will be the Father's God desires them to be. And let us give thanks to God for each of our Fathers.
2.DISCERNMENT FOR SUNDAY SCHEDULE - Presently, our Sunday morning schedule is centered in two priorities, Worship and Community. As we embark upon the newly adopted DISCIPLESHIP PATHWAY we recognize the need to expand the priorities of Sunday morning to include WORSHIP, COMMUNITY and DISCIPLESHIP TIME FOR ALL AGES! Please email me your ideas as to what a Sunday morning schedule that incorporates these three priorities could look like. Or use the Connection Card at Worship to share your discernment. Throughout June we are seeking your input and counsel. In July your leadership will put together a Sunday schedule for the fall that reflects the priorities of worship, community and discipleship.
3. DR. TIM MATTHEWS from Holy Trinity Brompton in London will be our guest preacher this Sunday. Holy Trinity is a vibrant and evangelical Anglican community in London. Some of you will recognize Holy Trinity as the congregation that birthed the Alpha movement. This Anglican Church in the heart of London has a vision for the re-evangelization of the nations and the transformation of society. At Holy Trinity PASTORATES are one of the strategic efforts to accomplish this mission. Pastor Matthews oversees the Pastorate movement in Holy Trinity and has much to teach the body of Central. We are excited about this special opportunity to host Dr. Matthews. Please continue to pray for the PASTORATE AND D4D groups which are embedded in the Discipleship Pathway.