After launching our fall programing I am looking forward to a great year of Sunday School, Confirmation, E.P.I.C., and a variety of activities we have planned for the weeks ahead.
I am also looking forward to the new series of messages that I am beginning in worship this week. These are the messages I am planning:
Sept. 23 Psalm 84, “The Hunger of the Heart to Worship”
Sept. 30 Psalm 37 “From Tevye and Tom to Worshippers Today”
Oct. 7 Exodus 15 “Reliving Vital Events”
Oct. 14 Revelation 7:9-17 “The Missing Jewel of Worship”
Oct. 28 I Peter 4:7-11 “The Overflow of Worship”
I am grateful that some of our church family make the effort to be present for our worship services nearly every week. How often do we think about what worship really is? Is our style of worship determined by personal preference? Is our worship for God, not just us? Do we realize that God made us to worship?
Please pray for persons and families dealing with the damage of the winds and flooding caused by hurricane Florence and the typhoon in the Philippines. You can give to the United Methodist Relief effort with an offering designated to UMCOR.
While we ask for your prayers for health and other needs of persons in our church and beyond week after week, we ask for your prayers as our nominating committee recruits persons to serve the Lord in various capacities for the coming year and for a small team of us seeking to discern a clear and practical “Pathway of Discipleship” for Central United Methodist Church.
In preparation for the Special Session of General Conference to be held in St. Louis next February Bishop Laurie invites us to a listening session. If the date of the session in our district does not fit your schedule you are welcome to attend another session. -Pastor Bruce