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
Wednesday, March 25, 7 PM
Ecumenical Lenten Service
Lee Memorial Methodist Church
Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals, preaching
Sunday, March 29
Point of No Return
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.
(Click on the heading for the full text)
In this 5th week of Lent, we seem to be rushing headlong into something which we cannot control. Our scriptures remind us of the obstacles faced by those who follow Moses and Jesus, and how they have to renegotiate their way around a path of suffering. As we continue our journey, God speaks to our hearts…
March 22 – Jeremiah 31:31-34 – John 12:20-33
“Can we have a heart-to-heart talk?”
There is a lot of meaning behind this question. Getting as close as our hearts is intimate, and cuts to the very center of our being. “I will write my covenant on their hearts.” “I will forgive them.” God brings hope out of despair – even the despair that God feels for the people’s failings. The people listening to Jeremiah are in exile and without hope. The covenant is broken – but God will restore them and they will know God anew in their hearts. And as Jesus draws nearer to Jerusalem, he reminds his disciples that things are going to get worse before they get better. But he will bring everyone and everything to himself – and this new covenant will live within our hearts and spirits forever.
This week, within the stories of suffering, despair or hopelessness, look for evidence of God’s presence. Seek out the hope, comfort or healing – and keep looking until you find some. Try to recognize moments in life where God is present within or above the despair. Share stories with others – spread the knowledge that God is still within our hearts.
Enjoy whatever warmth and light you find this week. Spring weather and Easter are coming!
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!