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Wake Us Up, Lord

There are dark places in this country, Lord. Please open our eyes to see. And give us courage to act so that we may shine the light of your goodness and mercy into those spaces.

There are hurting people in this nation, Lord. Please open our hearts to feel. And give us the vision and the initiative to provide comfort and healing and peace.

There are divisions in this country, Lord. Please unite your Church. And bring us together in worship and service so the people of this land will know that you are God.

There is sin in the United States, Lord. Please open our souls to live and work together as your people in this nation. Compel us by your Spirit to forgive others, to love our enemies, to sacrifice and suffer in putting the needs of others ahead of our own, to point our neighbors to the glory of your great Name and to the free gift of salvation in your Son by the ways we truly care.

Wake us up, Lord. Give us a renewed awareness of the pain and the problems around us. We pray for healing, Father, for our families, for our churches, for our country. Send your Holy Spirit, God, to work in us and through us for the sake of this nation. And may your holy will be done in and through your Church in the United States — through your children here, through those of us who call your Son our only Lord — just as it is in heaven.

In the name of our risen and coming Lord Jesus.


The Answer, My Friend

How many roads must a man walk down
before you call him a man?
How many seas must a white dove sail
before she sleeps in the sand?
How many times must the cannon balls fly
before they’re forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.

How many years can a mountain exist
before it before it is washed to the sea?
How many years can some people exist
before they’re allowed to be free?
How many times can a man turn his head
and pretend that he just doesn’ see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.

How many times must a man look up
before he can really see the sky?
How many ears must one man have
before he can hear people cry
How many deaths will it take ’til he knows
that too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.

~ Bob Dylan

We Have Interns

Covid-19 can cancel all the mission trips and work camps, it can postpone the Senior banquets and completely dismantle Huddles, devos, and hang-outs. But it has no power against summer youth ministry interns. They’re here. And my office has become their target.  We are preparing right now to welcome our church family back to the physical building this Sunday for in-person assemblies. Part of that process involves taking down the hundreds of photos our church members had placed inside the worship center to represent them in their physical absence. So, late this morning, all those pictures wound up inside my four walls.






Welcome to Central, Emily and Eli.

Elaine and Josh bear a little of the blame. But you two will bear the brunt of the pain.



Did We Think About This?

The Scoop for Sunday

This is the video we put out today explaining the plan for reopening Central for public worship this coming Sunday May 31.

I would remind everyone that, regardless of when your church is opening, how they’re opening, and the ways they are leading the opening, everyone is doing the very best they can. This is all brand new to everybody. We’re all doing things we’ve never done before. And it’s not going to be perfect. We all know that going in: the plan is not going to please everybody.

Let’s all err on the side of protecting the vulnerable and loving our community. And let us draw near to God and to one another, in person, finally, with the humility and grace of our Lord Jesus.



Pastor Pressures

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