I ran across this essay from C.S. Lewis in a blog post. I won’t comment on it but will just let you ponder it.

“It’s now clear that COVID-19 is a deadly serious global pandemic, and all necessary precautions should be taken. Still, C. S. Lewis’s words—written 72 years ago—ring with some relevance for us. Just replace ‘atomic bomb’ with ‘coronavirus.’

In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. “How are we to live in an atomic age?” I am tempted to reply: “Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.”

In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.

This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.”

— “On Living in an Atomic Age” (1948) in Present Concerns: Journalistic Essays


This week my Acts Bible Study will be over Acts 2:42-3:26. We will discussing the following questions:
  1. What is the risk if one of the activities in Acts 2:42 is neglected or absent? Which one is weakest at Central? How could it be strengthened?
  2. How else did the early church express their common life in practical ways?
  3. In what ways is Peter and John’s encounter with the lame man expected? What ways is it unexpected?
  4. What is significant about each thing Peter has to say about Jesus in his sermon?
  5. What are the results of repentance (Acts 3:19-20)
  6. How do Moses and the prophets point to Jesus? (Acts 3:21-26)
Worship & Covid Updates
  • Following the CDC, DOH, State, and insurance recommendations, the nursery will remain closed and children 8 and under are asked to remain home and safe, and children/youth 9-17 are asked to remain with their parent or guardian at all times during the worship service and anywhere in the church facility, this includes the parking lot.

  • Due to social distancing and sanitary requirements, and under the advice of the Department of Health, Center for Disease Control, and insurance guidelines, we will not be hosting small groups, Bible Studies, ministries, outreach, or programming on the property of CUMC for the time being. When these guidelines change, we will be in contact with all Sunday School, ministry, outreach, and program leaders regarding a reopening plan.

8:30am Drive-In Worship, East Parking Lot
Join us for a Drive-In Worship Service in the East Parking Lot of CUMC.
You will be guided off of the University Entrance into a parking space. Please turn your radio to FM 88.1 and open your smart phone to our website or FaceBook page where you will find the Order of Service. Relax and enjoy this informal style of worship! Once the service concludes, you will be asked to exit out of the parking lot onto Copper. Please Note: No building/restroom access will be available and you will be asked to remain in your vehicle at all times.

10:00am Streaming Worship,
Join us for our On-Line Worship Service as we continue to explore the Scripture Lessons found in Genesis.
Children and Youth Ministries
  • Church 4 Kids Daily Devotional is available to view on Sunday’s at 10:00am on on our website and FaceBook page, with a link to a YouTube Channel.

  • Youth are invited to join Pastor Kelly for a youth zoom meet-up every Thursday at 7:00pm. Please contact Pastor Kelly to be included in the zoom youth meet up at kellyb@centraltolife.org.
Adult Ministries
Every Wednesday, Pastor Greg’s Bible Study takes place. The study will be on the Book of Acts.

Questions? Contact Pastor Kelly at kellyb@centraltolife.org.
Third Space Ministries
  • Brewery Ministry weekly e-devotional is available every Monday. Contact Pastor Kelly to be included in this weekly devotional: kellyb@centraltolife.org

October 2021 Educational Opportunities
Footsteps of Paul Cruise
Join Pastor Kelly for the Educational Opportunities FootSteps of Paul Cruise, October 3-14th 2021 (Tour: GC21, Code C, ID 55108). You will arrive in Venice from Albuquerque on October 3rd, and then on to Katakolon, Santorini, Ephesus, Mykonos, Athens, and Corinth. A pre-tour to Florence and a post-tour to Venice is also available. Additional information and registration information can be found on centraltolife.org or www.EO.travel. http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/files/uploads/GC21_55108_Brooks_005_FINAL.pdf

Contact Pastor Kelly with questions or scholarship information kellyb@centraltolife.org
The Circuit Writers Ministry needs your help:
If your mailing address has changed in the past few months, please
contact Michelle at (505) 243-7834. If no one answers, please leave a
message with your correct mailing address. We are experiencing returned
mail with the note written on it “Not at this address”. We want to keep in
contact with you and continue to send cards.

This ministry helps keep members in contact with each other by writing notes to
someone in the congregation. If you would like to receive a note from a member of the Circuit Writers or be part of this ministry, please contact Cindy at pwcin1963@gmail.com.
August 16, 2020
8:30am Drive-In Service

Welcoming Music

Welcome

Call to Worship  

Opening Hymn    They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love (vs 1)

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord.
We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord,
And we pray that all unity may one day be restored,
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love,
Yes they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

Opening Prayer with Lord’s Prayer

Scripture Reading     Genesis 45:1-15       

Solo    “I Choose Love”      Mark Miller

Sermon 

Central to Life

Catalytic Generosity Minute

Closing Hymn    Blest Be the Tie That Binds (vs 1,4)

Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love.
The fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above
When we asunder part, it gives us inward pain.
But we shall still be joined in heart and hope to meet again.

Blessing

Benediction

Postlude
August 16, 2020
10:00am Order of Service

Centering Words   
When all seems to be lost, God is most near to us. 

Prelude

Call to Worship

Opening Hymn      Blest Be the Tie that Binds     557 UMH

Opening Prayer 

Prayer Response    Bind Us Together     2226 TFWS

Central to Life

Scripture Reading: Genesis 45:1-15

Anthem   “I Choose Love”        Mark A. Miller

Sermon “Forgiveness in the Family”

Catalytic Generosity

Doxology     Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow      94 UMH

Hymn to Engage the World     Let There be Peace on Earth     431 UMH

Blessing

Dismissal

Postlude
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