A Fellowship of Different Perspectives

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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

The Three Streams Chart

We had such a powerful worship experience last night. We took that evening to lean into the “Spirit stream” and found refreshing in the Lord.

Last Sunday, I started our vision series CIL Forward and shared our identity as a Three Streams church. Here is the chart that we shared during the sermon about the Biblical-basis for a Three Streams identity. Pastor Dan Scott introduced this chart to me a few years ago, and it has been a great way to put in words how God has formed us.

Twelve years for CIL

CIL’s Twelfth Anniversary was not what I imagined when we planned the year, as the global pandemic contributed towards a subdued recognition. Still, with a heartfelt, “Thanks be to God!” we honored Jesus by gathering in His name – both online and in-person.

I have never been so happy to be part of a spiritual family as I am now, and I have great hope for our future together!

A timely word for confusing times

During our worship services, I believe the Lord spoke these words to the church:

This is a time of confusion, and God is not the author of confusion
This is a time of confusion, but not for the remnant of God.
Expect more clarity in the will and purpose of God
Look for new and renewed alliances.

For God is not the author of confusion but of peace – 1 Corinthians 14:33 (NKJV)

So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace – Romans 11:5 (NRSV)

I pray this message and Scriptures strengthen your faith in Jesus today!