The Messenger

Our Weekly Bulletin

March 15, 2023
Volume XXXXIII –Number 10

The story of the Centurion’s servant being healed by Jesus (Luke 7:1-10) is a beautiful one. Because of the Centurion’s great faith, a man who was near death was allowed to live! In a similar (albeit very different) way, our faith should positively impact the lives of others. Are we, like the Centurion, the Representation of Righteousness? We should all know that Jesus is the Rewarder of Righteousness and will give us an eternity in Paradise if we can live out our faith. At the same time, we must be sure we are a worthy recipient of Righteousness, just as we hope the healed servant was. Christ died for our sins, and we simply have to accept Him as our Savior in order to receive salvation. There is much to be learned from the Centurion, Savior, and Servant.

Opportunities abound to be involved! If you haven’t looked in the lobby lately, I encourage you to do so. There are usually a wide variety of different “sign-up sheets” for upcoming service projects along with various events taking place. If you’re willing to take communion to one of our shut-ins, then you’re encouraged to sign up to do so. If you’d like to be involved in our Centered Sisters ministry, see Mrs. Tina Dickerson. If there is anything else you may want to find more information about, contact our office anytime during the week. We promise: there is a place for YOU to be involved here at Centerville!

And don’t forget about our work day, coming up on Saturday, March 18! This will begin around 8:00am at the church building, and all are invited to come lend a hand. A special “thank you” goes out to those of you who helped volunteer their time and efforts last weekend at Camp Meribah. As the hymn says, “There is much to do, there is work on every hand!”

Most of us are familiar with the “Great Commission” issued by Jesus: “Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). We often forget that we have all been commissioned to make disciples. We often wait until a “big event” at church (Friends Day, Gospel Meetings, Fellowship meals, etc.) to extend a hand of hospitality toward another. The reality is that we should be inviting our community into our worship each and every week. And so, with that in mind, I want to encourage everyone to INVITE someone to worship this coming Sunday: friend, neighbor, co-worker, classmate, anyone! May we use the few Sundays we are given (and they are few) to make as many disciples as we can. These moments matter, especially when you consider the souls of others. I hope to see you, and more, on Sunday! God bless, Matthew

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