Posts made in May, 2012

Central Community Center Press

Posted on May 30, 2012 in Community Center

  Central Community Center was recently featured in The Reporter. Check out an except of the article below. To read the full article and watch the video click here. For the members of Central Schwenkfelder Church in Worcester, the idea of building a Community Center for the congregation and community has been in the works for nearly 40 years. However, the dream became a reality in September of 2011 and on Saturday the community was welcome to learn about Central Community Center and experience its amenities themselves during an open house. “The idea of building this center was talked...

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“Why We Are, the Way We Are.”

Posted on May 29, 2012 in Pastors' Blog

The following sermon is based on Acts 1:4-8, 2:1-13; and Galatians 5:16-26.  It introduces the Holy Spirit as the One who enables us to live the Christian life.  This message was preached on Pentecost Sunday, May 27, 2012 A number of miles from the Los Angeles basin there is a river.  The river has been dammed up by man, and through the genius and innovation of engineers, they have put together a dam that has, in its process of working, housed electricity- hundreds of thousands of volts that are fed into the Los Angeles basin.  And if you were to go to the plant, the source, and follow the...

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What is Marriage?

Posted on May 21, 2012 in Pastors' Blog

The following message is based upon Genesis 2:18-25 and 1 Corinthians 6:9-17 and deals with the subject of marriage, gay marriage and how the church should respond.  It was delievered at the Central Schwenkfelder Church on May 20, 2012 Today marks the beginning of a new sermon series on current events.  It was Karl Barth who said that that a mark of a good preacher is to have a Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other.  A topic that has come to the forefront of the news, especially over the last two weeks is on the subject of marriage.  All one has to do is look at the latest cover of...

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“The Value of Music in Worshipping God”

Posted on May 8, 2012 in Pastors' Blog

The following message is based on 1 Samuel 16:14-23, explaining what church music is designed for: to assist us in our worship of God.  It was delivered on May 6, 2012 Music is powerful.  It places us at different times in our lives.  I can remember as a youngster that I used to hum a tune after I prayed, to calm my spirit so I could go to sleep.  Someone at prayer meeting on Wednesday spoke of how Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Summer in the City,” placed him back in his service days.  Still another spoke of how she would come to church during a difficult time in her life and the hymns especially...

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“How to Listen to a Sermon”

Posted on May 2, 2012 in Pastors' Blog

The following message is based on 2 Timothy 3:14-17 and argues for the value of listening to a sermon with worshipful intentions, for selfish and selfless reasons.  It was delivered on April 29, 2012. It pays to listen.  Sometimes our lack of listening gets in the way of our understanding.  “A woman had just returned to her home from an evening of church services, when she was startled by an intruder. She caught the man in the act of robbing her home of its valuables and yelled: ‘Stop! Acts 2:38!’ (Repent and be baptized, in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins may be forgiven.) The...

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