Friday Greetings — April 20

 Dear Centenary friends,

It's another one of those "You've Got Options" Sundays!   At the 11am service, the Centenary Children's Choir will present their 2018 Spring Musical, "It's Cool in the Furnace" - the Old Testament story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and their experiences with Daniel and King Nebuchadnezzar.   You don't want to miss it!

There are two possibilities for those of you who don't usually worship at the 11am service:  you can come to the Friday night presentation of the Children's Musical at 7pm, and then attend your usual worship service on Sunday...or, you can "jump ship" and change your usual Sunday morning worship time to 11am.  Either way, you can't lose!

However you slice it, you'll want to consider the possibility of working in one of the earlier services this Sunday, when our preacher will be the Rev. Rick Moser.  You'll want to read Acts 4:5-12 and John 10:11-18, and then ponder Rick's worship preparation points, shown below.

“That’s not my job.”  This phrase has been the mantra of the American work place for 230 years…and probably before that when we were a colony.  In fact, it’s probably one of the oldest mantras in the history of the world.  It has allowed us to walk away from helping others, from giving the proverbial 110%, and from pushing ourselves just a little further in growth.  On the other hand, it has also saved us from getting in over our heads, from assuming authority where we had no right to do so, and from doing greater harm.  Wisdom and faith come from being able to distinguish when it’s a good thing to “go the extra mile” and when it’s not good to over-extend ourselves.  Living out our faith comes from being able to discern basic laziness from prudence. 

Jesus draws a basic difference in the world of shepherding:  the sheep don’t matter to a hired hand.  He’s only doing his job; taking care of business.  But the good shepherd does more.  He not only cares for the sheep, he knows them.  We can explore this on many levels…and that’s just what we’ll do on Sunday.  As Dad always said, “I’ll see you in church.”

Opportunities to know and be known come to us day by day; but there's no better time to celebrate the One who knows us and leads us, than when we're in worship together.   See you on Sunday!

Easter blessings,

Pastor Susan