May 24, 2020
Call to Worship
God calls us to worship, and we come,
some with laughter and songs of joy.
some from a sense of obligation or habit.
some with hearts heavy with grief.
some with distraction or exhaustion.
some with eagerness and enthusiasm.
some with stress, loneliness, or depression.
As God’s dearly loved children,
we bring all our joy and pain, hurt and hope
into this time of Spirit-given grace, love, and hope.
Let’s worship God!
Let us receive and respond to God’s word today.
In the name of the God of abundant life, may this blessing be yours:
That in the seasons of plenty you will thrive and grow.
That in the seasons of drought you will consolidate your strength.
That you will delight in the warm sun of God shining upon you.
That you will delight in the cold rain of God falling on you.
That you will blossom to the glory of God and make the world a more fragrant place.
That you will give shelter to those who seek refuge from storm or fierce heat.
That you may never forget whose tree you really are and whose life you share.Amen!adapted from a blessing.
— written by Bruce Prewer, and posted on Bruce Prewer’s Homepage.
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:
A link to the daily devotional series the First Fifteen can be found here: https://www.first15.org/
Instructions guiding you through an Examen prayer can be found here: https://www.xavier.edu/jesuitresource/jesuit-a-z/terms-e/daily-examen
A good app for an Examen prayer for your phone or tablet can be found here: https://www.theprodigalfather.org/programs-examen-prayer-app/—
The Call to Worship was adapted from The Worship Source Book: Reprinted by permission from The Worship Sourcebook, Second Edition, © 2013, Faith Alive Christian Resources.
Our May CBN, with a message from the moderator about recent decisions for the next season of the church, can be found here: https://bit.ly/CBNMay2020