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Pastor's Paragraph, May 1, 2013

 In his book Working the Angles, Eugene Peterson identifies 3 basics of pastoral ministry which, in reality are 3 basics of any Christian’s ministry: 1) Prayer; 2) Reading Scripture; and 3) Living unhurried before another person.

For the past month, our church has been focusing on prayer. Our Faith Forward Prayer Team (headed by Sherry Johnson and Susan Scott) has just completed leading a Wednesday night study based on Bill Hybel’s book Too Busy Not to Pray. The sermons on Sunday mornings have focused on prayer, and we have challenged each other to learn the Lord’s Prayer – not only learning it “by heart” but also taking it to heart.  Our prayer emphasis officially concluded Thursday, May 2  when – as part of the National Day of Prayer – our church hosted a “prayer” luncheon with Mr. Paul Prather as speaker. Although our “official” prayer focus has concluded, I trust that you will continue working on the “basic” of prayer.
The “basic” of “reading” Scripture (not just learning its message with our minds, but living out its meaning in our lives) will be emphasized during our Wednesday night Bible studies beginning May 8 (and continuing May 15, 22, and 29). Dr. Dalen Jackson, Academic Dean and Professor of Biblical Studies at the Baptist Seminary of  Kentucky, will lead this study entitled: “The Bible in the Life of the Church: Interpretation and Formation.” Dalen is a gifted teacher whose Bible studies and presentations at Calvary are always well-received. Come and be part of this exciting study which will emphasize the importance of interpreting Holy Scripture.
In regard to the third “basic” (living unhurriedly before another person), let me encourage you during this busy “end of the school year” season to take and make time for what is rally important in life: God, family, friends, and helping other people. Someone once declared: “Our caring decreases as our hurry increases!” May we be God’s people who care for others! May we slow down enough to be caring and unhurried!
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday.


Pastor's Paragraph April 17, 2013

It was good to be back at Calvary last Sunday (with a new left hip!) I am so grateful for the many prayers, cards, and other expressions of kindness that I received following my recent hip replacement surgery. Special thanks to Hank Ellington and to all of our ministerial staff for their excellent leadership and service during my absence. 

I am especially blessed as the pastor of Calvary to have the opportunity to work and serve with a talented and committed ministerial team. How delighted I was this past Sunday to have been present when our church family recognized Robin Prichard on her tenth anniversary as our Minister of College Students! Under Robin’s leadership, Calvary has offered a dynamic and growing ministry to college students at U.K., Georgetown, Transylvania, Eastern, and on various community college campuses. Providing college students with a “church home away from” – a church home that offers opportunities for worship, service, Bible study, and fellowship – is a ministry to which Calvary feels especially called. So thanks Robin and thanks Calvary family for your commitment to our college ministry. 

This Sunday  - as our congregation continues a month long emphasis on prayer  -  I will be preaching a message which focuses on three simple and essential prayers: “Help. Thanks. Wow.”  The title of this sermon is drawn from a recent book on prayer by Anne Lamott. Come and join us for worship as we explore together some of the many aspects of communicating with God through prayer. 

Speaking of prayer, please remember in your own prayers all of the people whose lives have been impacted by the horrific bombs which exploded this week at the Boston Marathon. Remember those who lost loved ones, those who were injured and hospitalized, those first responders and others who  offered aid to the injured, and those governmental and agency leaders who will lead the investigation of this terrible tragedy. 

I’ll see you Sunday!

Robert Baker