Worship at Christ, Sunday at 9 am.
Sunday School classes at 10:15 am
Dear Friends in Christ,
I am reminded that our Church was birthed into existence at a funeral! So that is probably not the most accurate way of describing how God began the family we call Christ UMC. But in 1856 a miller grieving the loss of his wife, asked a Christian friend to provide her dignity in burial. Daniel Slusser, inspired by an inner voice, “there goes a preacher” stopped a horse and carriage driven by a preacher. Was it just a coincidence? I believe the first chapter in the history of Christ UMC is not coincidence but God incidence!
This month I want to share a message series on vision and on September 20, our church council has raised a goal that we set apart a day for prayer and visioning, how the next chapter in the story of Christ UMC might read. We will seek your involvement as our family dreams and visions together.
Chuck Swindoll told an insightful story about the power of vision in God Came Near. I hope it inspires us as we prepare to seek God’s vision for our future as a Church in Louisville. Chuck’s story is about a group of climbers who set out to scale a large mountain. On clear days they climbed toward a point on the horizon. The view was spectacular, a white tip jutted into the blue sky.
On clear days the hikers made great progress. The peak stood above them like a compelling goal. With eyes lifted up, their pace was brisk. The cooperation was unselfish. They climbed as one, to the summit.
But on some days the peak of the mountain was hidden from view. The clouds blocked the vision of the mountaintop. On these days the climb became arduous. Eyes were downward and thoughts inward. The goal was forgotten. Tempers were short. Vision!
Solomon wrote, “where there is no vision the people perish.” (Prov. 29:18). Take away our vision, block our view of the end of the journey, and the result is as discouraging as the journey. God, would you breath YOUR vision into us for your new chapter.
In Christ, Pastor Larry
Messages for September
7 The Need for Vision
14 Vipers, Vampires & Vultures
21 The Next Chapter
24 Double Vision
31 What is your Shape?
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