“But an hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and in truth. Yes, the Father wants such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and in truth.” – Jesus
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.
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!
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!
I have missed not being physically together the last two weeks for services, but we have reconnected with old friends and many new ones through CIL online services.
It’s Palm Sunday! Set your coffee pot timer, and join us at either 9 am or 10:45 am.
Let us start Holy Week by welcoming Jesus into our cities!
In cooperation with local, state, and federal authorities, CIL Elders have suspended all in-person gatherings through April 30, 2020.
Why? We love you.
Someday soon, we will regather, and it will be a real day of celebration. Until that day, let’s keep loving each other deeply in ways that cooperate with this “safer at home” request.
I will see you online in various ways, including our Sunday morning services. More importantly, both myself and all CIL Leaders are available to you by phone, text, email, or any other way we can connect with you.
You are not alone! We are still a church family.
I love you, and we will be together soon!
I hope you were able to join us for our online service on Sunday. In case you missed it, or if you want to watch it again here are some links for you to experience the service again:
I want to remind you that all CIL gatherings are suspended through the end of March 31. Our Elders will prayerfully consider how to progress as we approach that date when we will know more about the healthcare threat and government recommendations.
I miss meeting in person, and I cannot wait to see your face again! Still, the Lord is helping us take some steps forward in technology that will be a blessing to us all in the years to come!
In case you didn’t see the devotional I put on social media, it is available below.
With love and appreciation,
Hello church family!
This message is just a quick reminder that there are no in-person gatherings at CIL this Sunday. Instead, we will offer online service experiences at 9 am, and 10:45 am.
You can access this feed at either:
Our website – www.cil.church. Look for the link to “Sermons.”
Facebook Live. Find the CIL Church page on Facebook, and we will be streaming the online service at both 9 am and 10:45 am.
Meeting together is always better, but I am so glad we have this opportunity to experience Jesus together during this unique time.
I love living for Jesus with you!
CIL is suspending all in-person services and activities through March 31. We will have online services each Sunday.
We want to be cooperative citizens full of faith that God will get us through this health threat. This time will pass, and we will overcome! Love to all.
Message from Aaron and Beth