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 

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