Sunday School for all ages begins
at 9:15 AM.
Worship is held every Sunday
at 10:30 AM, in the sanctuary.
Nursery and Preschool Childcare
Sunday, March 8
3rd Sunday in Lent
“Keeping it Holy”
Wednesday, March 11
Ecumenical Lenten Service
First Congregational Church, 7 PM
Rev. Sam Chesser, preaching
Sunday, March 15
175th History Celebration, 3:00 PM
Central Baptist Church is an open and welcoming American Baptist Congregation in the heart of Norwich that offers every generation diverse ways to discover and share faith. Central encourages taking action and leading by example through community outreach, public programs, and fellowship.
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This winter we have learned about finding a new path – We have been forced to look for options as snow is dumped on us. The ‘easy’ way has been almost impossible to follow. Like the river looking for a way around the obstacles, we make new plans and keep going. And we learn that God’s inclusive love gives our unexpected paths an entirely different perspective.
March 1 Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 Romans 4:13-25
In Genesis, God makes a covenant with Abram, promising that he and his wife will be parents of nations. God changes Abram’s and Sarai’s names, to Abraham (father of a multitude) and Sarah (princess; mother of kings). This signals the change in the course of their lives. God’s name in the story, ‘God Almighty,’ is a new designation, meaning God of the Mountain. Mountains are places of nurture, and the reference emphasizes the connection among God, God’s people, and God’s creation. When Paul uses Abraham as an example, he puts an obstacle in the path of the traditionalists by pointing out that Abraham was faithful before the law was given, and before the covenant of circumcision. The Romans are asked to consider that faithfulness is measured by BOTH law AND grace, and for BOTH Gentiles AND Jews. God’s love is inclusive, and all are invited into its blessings.
In Paul’s day, religious leaders argued about whether actions were more important than faith. Paul insists that faith and right living are options which can always be chosen together. Knowing that there is room for grace and action helps us get through life’s obstacles.
This week, think about how you can combine your belief in God’s direction with your desire to do the right thing -
remembering that Jesus died for all of us. Consider a way to ‘practice’ inclusion – mend fences with someone with whom you have had a disagreement,or reach out to someone with whom you have not been in contact for a while. Or put yourself in the path of someone totally unlike you… Remember that once we choose God, all of our remaining options are good ones.
Stay warm and safe this week -
Check the website or CBS Channel 3 – WFSB for information about storm cancellations.
Click on the link above to read more about this exciting milestone and plan to join us as we continue the festivities throughout the next year!
Central is now WiFi enabled throughout our building facilities. This service will now give us access to more online resources for use in worship, and will help as groups and organizations using our space need to stay in touch. If you need an internet-connected space for a meeting or event, call us!