July 19 2020 Worship

Call to Worship

(inspired by Matthew 11:29 and Revelation 21:5)

Come all who are weary

of wealth, of poverty, of power, of struggle, of division

Come all who are heavy-laden

with too much, with too little, with anxiety, with fear, with anger

Come all who have hope

for liberation, for peace, for freedom, for the kingdom

Hear these words

“See, I am making all things new.”

~ from I Am Making All Things New, written by  Rosie Venner. 

Worship July 19, 2020

Pandemic Benediction No 3

We bless you with joy

May you find moments of laughter and bliss

In the midst of suffering and distress

May you cherish those times and may they sustain you

We bless you with the fruits of humility

May your humble and sacrificial actions

Be instrumental in preserving your community

And loving your neighbors

We bless you with peace

In the face of financial hardship and uncertainty

May you know the faithful presence of the God who provides

Go in peace.

Love your neighbors.

You are not alone.

~ based on prayer written by Emily Swan and Ken Wilson of Solus Jesus: A Theology of Resistance, co-pastors of Blue Ocean Faith Ann Arbor. Posted on Solus Jesus. 


Racial Justice Issues

Learning to Navigate Racism in America

Award Winning Documentary 13th

Acts of Racial Injustice: a Letter From American Baptist Churches

Raising Race Conscious Children

Be the Bridge: Racial Healing, Equity, and Reconciliation

TED Talk on White Privilege

Spiritual Guidance

A link to the daily devotional series the First Fifteen

Instructions guiding you through an Examen prayer 

A good app for an Examen prayer for your phone or tablet

Supporting God’s Work through Central

We encourage you to continue your faithful support of Central’s ministry in these days. Offerings can be mailed to Central’s office (501 S. 4th St Springfield, IL 62701) or you can make an online offering here:


You can support One Great Hour of Sharing by designating OGHS in the memo of your contribution followed by any special concerns you would like it to address. For example: “OGHS – COVID”