Ready for Resurrection

Holy Week is upon us and Lent is coming to an end. I don’t want to say that Lent has been fun 1, but this year I’ve found it to be vibrant. Central has been alive this Lenten season, displaying a life and energy which I knew had been waiting for release. In many ways, this season has been the first test of our new structure.

We passed.

In the first three months of 2015 Central has displayed resolve, foresight, and passion. We’ve had joy while accomplishing more than we have a right to expect from ourselves. “The usual faithful” have kept their commitment levels up, and even increased their energy output. More importantly, new voices have stepped forward and run mission projects and done terrific jobs. It’s quite exciting!

This week continues the trend as Central is holding a Good Friday service as part of our Holy Week celebrations for the first time in years 2. I, however, am not running the service. It’s been planned, set up, and finalized by several other members in the church. All I’ve done is provide a tiny bit of insight and help set up the sanctuary. It’s a wonderful thing seeing people free to use their incredible gifts.

God’s been good, and this is just the start. Next month we’ll be holding our first fund raiser in years, a chili cook-off in support of the Cedars of Lebanon Campaign 3. I’m watching the congregation jump into the project, and I’m so excited for folks 4. The cook-off is April 18. If you’re in the area, why not purchase a ticket and help support this worthy endeavor?

If we keep allowing the Spirit to free us for mission, Central has a future. As a pastor, that really is one of the greatest joys I have.

  1. That would be missing the point. 
  2. We’ve been encouraging people to attend other community celebrations. 
  3. If you don’t have time to click the link, this campaign is raising an endowment fund for our regional youth camp, Camp Lebanon. 
  4. It’s probably the only time a pastor will be happy watching people talking trash after worship – they all want to win.