15th Sunday after Pentecost | Labor Day Weekend
Just these lines, my friends …
… to say how good it was to gather for worship this past Sunday. Our music was splendid (9:30 featured two guests, the father/daughter duo of Allen and Amber William – click here to watch & listen), our beautiful baptismal child (Everly Watts) and our confession led by amazing musicians at the end of each of the services was healing.
Over the last couple of weeks, we have been diving deep into a couple of Jesus’ parables and a statement I saw on a Nashville, TN church yard sign that said, “We are a community of faith where everyone is welcome, nobody is perfect and because of Jesus, anything is possible.” If you missed in-person or online, you can click here to watch Nobody is Perfect from Luke 18 (The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector).
I hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch my “Thank You, Mrs. Bogart” devotional for today. Please here to watch.
ENGAGE: Fall Worship Series Begins on September 12
“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God,
so that you may know that you have eternal life.” (I John 5:13)
Ever feel that there is more to life that you are experiencing? There is! The New Testament calls it “eternal life.” Life that is fully alive with the presence of the Risen Christ.
The New Testament writers use two Greek words for “life.” The word “bios” describes ordinary, biological life. But John uses the word “zoe” to describe new life, resurrection life, eternal life, Christ-life present in and animating our “bios” life here and now. It is life that is alive with the love of God revealed in Jesus.
The word “life” appears 42 times in John’s gospel, 12 times in the epistle that bears his name. The gospel and epistle of John will form the biblical ground for us as we, beginning September 12 through November 21, ENGAGE in the practices that enable us to experience new life, resurrection life, abundant life as disciples of Jesus.
I’m hoping you won’t miss a single Sunday of ENGAGE … Engage in Life (9/12), Engaged by Grace (9/19), Engage in Growth (9/26), Engage in New Life (10/3), Engage Your Gifts (10/10), Engage in Invitation (10/17), Engage in God’s Plan (10/24), Engage in Giving (10/31), Engage in the Future (11/7), Engage by Commitment (11/14), Engage in Celebration (11/21).
This Sunday in Worship
We invite you to join us in person or online this Sunday at 9:30 am (contemporary), 11:00 am (traditional) or 12:30 (Spanish – in person only). I hope wherever you are this Labor Day Weekend 2021 you can join us for rich and meaningful worship. Thank you for making the effort to stay connected.
In our Spanish-speaking CCH community, Pastor Roldan will be preaching from Daniel 5:25-27. His sermon is titled, Ingredients for Good Spiritual Nutrition.
At 9:30 am and 11:00 am, we conclude our worship series, People Matter to God. Pastor Paul sermon will be speaking on the third part of that phrase I saw on the sign of that Nashville church, Anything is Possible. Thinking of that phrase I’m reminded of Mark 10:27, “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.’”
And now, as always, during these strange, uncertain, tumultuous, perilous, and hopeful days of pandemic remember … God does God’s best work in moments like this.
We are in this … together,
Dr. Charles (Chuck) W. Wilson II
Did you know a group of men served a meal to the Charlotte Rescue Mission this past Thursday evening? They do this every month and are led by Rich Buchanan.
Did you know that 33 supply bags were packed for teachers at Greenway Park Elementary School? Thanks to all you that assisted in this task.
Did you know Pastor Roldan baptized six persons at Cane Creek Park on Saturday, August 28? Then on Sunday morning, CCH (Centro Cristiano Hosanna) welcomed those six, plus one more into our transforming community. Thanks be to God!