Maundy Thursday

Today is Maundy Thursday. The term “maundy” comes from the Latin word “command.” On this night, we remember Jesus’ new command:

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” – John 13:34

At a Maundy Thursday service a few years ago, these words hit me with power and conviction. This Scripture has been my life verse since then. I do not always live this Scripture, but it is my standard of spirituality.

On Maundy Thursday, we recognize that Jesus established Holy Communion as our way to remember and connect with Him. We also remember that Jesus washed His disciple’s feet on this day, so we should also serve each other.

The observance of Maundy Thursday is important preparation for Good Friday and the Easter celebration.

Despite sound system troubles, He was there!

Today, CIL Church had a technology meltdown with a major component of our sound system failing. The extraordinary work of Aubrey McGowan, Steve Hertzler, and their team adapted to a portable soundboard, and we were able to have live worship for campus church and digital church.

We’ll be back to normal next week, but for those of us who were part of the early morning surprise, we’ll never forget today. The important part of this story, the presence of God was among us despite these challenges. When we have His presence, we have all we need.

No In-Person Services on February 21

What a week!  

It has been a few years since we experienced winter storms like the ones we just endured. Our area just does not have the equipment to clear all the roads and parking lots in a timely manner. I have visited the church property three times in the last 16 hours, and the CIL parking lot is still in terrible shape

After consulting several people who looked at CIL’s parking lot with me, I have decided to have an online service only tomorrow (February 21) at 10:45 AM. We will not offer 242 Childcare and 242 Students on February 21.  

Stay safe, and I’ll see you online!

Spanish service started at CIL

This is my partner in ministry, Pastor Jesus Bermudez. Last Sunday he started a Spanish service that is hosted at CIL Church. Each week, the Spanish service will start at 12:30 PM in the sanctuary.

We are so excited about this development! Please spread the word to all your Spanish-speaking friends. Pastor Jesus is an outstanding worship leader and preacher!

USA needs CIL Church

This article was sent as an email to the CIL Church family, but I think the content will benefit many who read it.

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You have no idea how important you are!   You are building the Kingdom of God through your participation at CIL.  The United States of America is under a shaking right now.  Most people see this in politics and social issues.  I think that focus is a distraction from a more dangerous shaking in the spiritual realm.

The American church is in accelerated decline right now, and that dip includes the digital church. While the digital church is necessary and part of how we worship moving forward, fewer people are watching services than Spring 2020. The novelty of watching church online is out; sleeping late on Sundays is in. This reality is occurring all across the country. Children are not learning Scripture. Teenagers are not in a Christian community.  On a national level, how will this impact a generation if this continues?

While this is occurring, are we replacing spiritual fervor with political and social passion?   Where is our true passion?  Has affection for Jesus drifted to another source?

I do not mean to discourage you, but rather honor you.  Your church participation at any level is a tremendous help right now in preserving the Kingdom of God in America.  All activities – prayer, in-person attendance, online worship, financial contributions, teaching children, leading a teenage small group, taking a meal to someone, posting Scripture – keeps the flame of the gospel burning, even when people are looking away.

When the next national revival occurs, CIL Church will be ready to be part of history.  Until then, we do not back down from the challenge.  With God’s help, we will continue to thrive.  Don’t fall away from the church, now!

call God’s people to build His Kingdom through the local church.  Whatever you can contribute makes a difference.   Believe in the local church because Jesus chose the local church to represent Himself to the world.

What a privilege it is to live in these days!

A Fellowship of Different Perspectives

* This article was sent as an email to the CIL Church family, but I think the content will benefit al who read it.
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These are tricky, complicated times. While I want you to think critically about the issues of our day, I also want you to remember the power of simplicity.  Jesus calls us to love God with all our hearts and to love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:36-40).  When we do not apply this clear call from our Savior, we may disqualify our intellect and passion for current events. 

You are part of a church where people interpret the times differently.   Sometimes in our community, I feel like I am standing in between the strong opinions of people I respect and love. I bet you have felt that, too.  Often, I agree and disagree with their words in the same conversation!   We will never all have the same opinion, but we can walk in the same love.  

Let’s continue to be a safe place to experience the Scripture, the anointing, the bread and cup, and the love of God’s people.  CIL is a great place to focus on those eternal things.  This simple focus on Jesus is why our series in Galatians has been so timely.  We are directly in God’s Word, letting the passage form us.  This week I will be preaching on Galatians 3:10-14 in a message called “Beyond the Curse.” 

I love being the pastor of CIL!  I am so thankful for this opportunity. 

Christmas Eve Streaming

Merry Christmas!

CIL Church will stream our Christmas Eve service live at 2:00 PM today. Then, it will be available on all our platforms for you to watch at your convenience. Let’s worship King Jesus!

Join us on

www.cil.church

Vimeo

YouTube

FacebookLive

“O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.:” – BCP

Christmas Eve Registration

We are limiting Christmas Eve in-person participation in each time slot this year to keep everyone safe. If you are interested in attending CIL Christmas Eve service in-person, you must register at cil.churchcenter.com or the Church Center app.

Only 28 spots are left for December 23 at 7:00 PM.

Only 21 spots are left for December 24 at 3:30 PM.

Lots of seats still for December 24 at 2:00 PM.

We don’t like doing this, but it’s to create the best environment during this pandemic. Thanks for your cooperation!

No Youth Service on November 18

Many of you are aware the spread of COVID 19 has increased locally. In response to this, Sumner County Schools has decided to return our students to a hybrid schedule. We believe it is important to support our local schools and families in their efforts to minimize the spread of this virus. We want our students to return to a traditional schedule as quickly as possible, which can only be done by taking steps to reduce the spread.

That being said, we will not be meeting Wednesday, November 18th, for our youth service. Additionally, we do not have youth service November 25th because it is Thanksgiving week. We will resume service on December 2nd while reevaluating along with the school board.

We will miss gathering for these next couple of weeks, but we are acting toward, and praying for, the safety of our students and their families.

With respect and appreciation,

Pastor Aaron Allison
Pastor Josh Sakis