On June 9, CIL has the special privilege of hosting two guest speakers, Pastor Dan Scott from Christ Church in Nashville and Archbishop Masimango Katanda from the Anglican Church of the Congo.
What a special way to celebrate Pentecost Sunday!
Do you wish that Easter wasn’t over? Good news! It is not.
I was touched by our Maundy Thursday service at CIL; challenged anew to joyfully obey Jesus’ command to love.
So thankful for Deborah Jackson’s leadership in planning this night, and ministering God’s Word to us. It was good for my soul to hear Beth Allison lead worship again – she is so gifted!
This Sunday (December 16) we will focus on the Advent theme of Joy as we prepare for Christmas!
Here are some thoughts about joy that may not make Sunday’s message:
– When one is suffering from depression, messages on joy often feel very painful. For those under this cloud, we acknowledge your pain and remind you that there is a company of past and present saints who understand the paradox of living the Christian life while suffering from this condition.
– Even in the most dire of circumstances, there can be odd moments of joy. The fall of 2003 was one of the darkest periods of my life after losing both my dad and grandmother and having a very unexpectedly sick newborn. Yet during that season I still enjoyed good meals, meaningful conversations, and touches of friendship.
– As much as we are able, we should choose joy. Life is harsh and pain is unavoidable. So, laughter and enjoyment under the Lordship of Christ reflects His glory to our world.
This hasn’t happened in years, but I did not finish my sermon last week, so will do so this Sunday. On June 10, I will preach from 1 Samuel 3:8-20 – “Hearing God’s Voice in Your Generation (Part 2).”
Our theme for Lent this year is Contradictions, as we look at choices in the spiritual life. The first Sunday of Lent is February 18, when we will look at Scriptures from the lectionary that contrast Life and Death.
I look forward to sharing God’s Word with you, as He is inviting us to more of His life each day. Join me at CIL at either 9am or 10:45am.