Grace in the Gray

It’s a bit gray in Paducah these days. Not for long. Spring is sure to come. But it’s hard to see it from here when the temperature has dropped all day from a morning “high” of 22. Brrrrrrr. (If you’re reading this on Thursday, it could be even worse.)

So in anticipation of this very special Sunday I pulled out some colorful pics from our team’s recent trip to China. Enjoy. I hope they whet your appetite for Sunday’s missions celebration.

Color can be a powerful thing. When in China we learned, for example, that among the Chinese blue represents immortality. That’s not the same in Iran or in Israel, but every culture transmits its own powerful and colorful traditions.

American missionary and lyricist Fanny Crosby, who was herself blind, learned to use color to share the gospel of Jesus. Black for the sin-stained heart, red for the blood of Christ, white for the spotlessness of redemption, etc. You may even remember our study of the wilderness tent of worship, and how God used color to stir the hearts of His people to praise: “You shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen and blue and purple and scarlet yarns …”

This Sunday will be colorful in the warmest and best sense of the word. It won’t feel like winter at all. We hope that you’ll be with us as we thank God for our friends who’ve just returned from the mission field. What a glorious day it will be! Sunday School will begin at 9:00 a.m., followed by a spectacular worship experience beginning at 10:15. Don’t miss any of it.

The love of Christ will chase away the gray. It will feel much more like April than January, and I look forward to seeing you here.

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3 comments on “Grace in the Gray
  1. Carolyn Aday says:

    As you celebrate the colors we will be celebrating my Brother Fred’s life at a Memorial Service at the First Congregational Church in Santa Ana where we grew up and where our grandfather was pastor for 25 years ending in 1942. Bud died in Co, 12/5/14, has been cremated and !/2 of his ashes will be the in the Colorado Rockies (once the snow melts)that he loved so much and the other on the rail road tracks in Cajon Pass, CA, where our parent’s ashes are scattered. Fred (Bud) loved watching trains, building HO models and worked for the Railroad for more than 25 years. We will do that on Saturday. Love to you and family, miss you all

  2. Lucinda Smith says:

    Thanks pastor Charles it’s been a gray day but we just keeping on keeping on praising our Lord!!!

  3. Jill Wrye says:

    Just what we need at just the right time! COLOR and HOPE. JILL

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