Central News for June 27, 2017

Central News for June 27, 2017

Recent Messages
Below are links to our most recent messages:

June 25th ~ An Active Faith—Is God Good?

June 18th ~ Leading By Following

June 11th ~ Recording missed due to technical difficulties

June 4th ~ Searching For Justice

May 28th ~ Seeing a Crowd

May 21st ~ Recording missed due to technical difficulties

May 14th ~ An Active Faith—Remain Faithful

May 7th ~ Recording missed due to technical difficulties

April 30th ~ An Active Faith—Honoring God

April 23rd ~ An Active Faith & God’s Love

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Upcoming Events

  • Newton-Custer Wedding on July 8th at 2:00 PM, the church family is invited to share in the celebration!
  • Deacon Ministry Team Meeting on July 23rd at 12:30 PM
  • The Advisory Board will meet on Thursday, July 27th at 6:30 PM
  • Vacation Bible School kicks off on Monday, July 31st at 6:30 PM!

Missionary News
For the latest news and prayer requests about our international Free Will Baptist missionaries, click here.

Missionary Spotlight: Kenneth & Judy Bailey

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge:
Malachi 4:1-6

Bible Memory Challenge: Malachi 4:2 (ESV)—But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.

Pastor’s Note
There is power in music. A survey done many years ago among churches asked them to list their top ten favorite hymns. The result—What a Friend We Have in Jesus was #1. This hymn, written in 1855 by Joseph M. Scriven, was never intended for publication. It was written to Scriven’s mother as a comforting message, as she was gravely ill in Ireland, Scriven’s birthplace. Scriven was to have been married in 1843, but his fiancée accidentally drowned the night before their wedding. By 1855, he had moved to Canada, and upon receiving news that his mother was gravely ill, he wrote a poem titled Pray Without Ceasing. That poem would later be set to music and re-titled, What a Friend We Have in Jesus. There is, obviously, deep emotion contained in this old hymn. There is also deep theology contained in this hymn.

When we sing our hymns and choruses we are putting our theology to a melody. What we sing is vastly more important than how we sing it. Scriven’s poem has meaning that we miss if we don’t know the story behind the man. With all of the hurts and heartaches of his life the opening line of the hymn takes on tremendous depth, “What a friend we have in Jesus…” It expresses a faith that Joseph Scriven must have had as he penned his poem meant to bring comfort to his ill mother who was thousands of miles away. Our own songs that we love to sing can tell those around us much about us.

The same is true for the songs we sing as a congregation. They tend to tell those who are listening (visitors and guests) what we hold to, theologically speaking. This is why it is so important to be praying for our worship leaders every week. It has been said that the person selecting the songs each week is the most important theologian in the congregation! So, please pray for Bill and Kay as they seek the leading of the Holy Spirit in the selection of songs each week.

In the coming months we are going to have a special emphasis on fellowship. Too often we think of fellowship as being connected to food. While sharing a meal may be a part of fellowship, it doesn’t come close to encompassing all that fellowship means. Please keep me in your prayers as I develop this series of messages on fellowship.

In the meantime—what are you doing to be the church?