Welcome to this church. We hope that what you find on these pages will entice you to visit us and get to know us up close and personally. We have a heart for Jesus the Christ, for one another, and for the community in which God has placed us. We have found strength, peace, love and hope in Jesus and we want to share this with you, so that you can enter into a dynamic relationship with Jesus. If you already know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, we want help you grow closer to him in fellowship and service. We are a church where everyone is welcome to worship, grow and minister.
WORSHIP CELEBRATION FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 24, 2020
This week’s sermon tile is “Jesus’ Paradoxes - Love Your Enemies.” The sermon is now on YouTube: https://youtu.be/kEaeA6ntm8Q
For archive sermons on YouTube:
On Sunday it will be uploaded to our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/colonialparkcommunitybaptistchurch
SPECIAL MESSAGE DURING COVID 19 PANDEMIC
Greetings to all of you,
Today I on my drive to church, I was listening to a sermon by Dr. David Jeremiah in which he spent a little bit of time talking about Jesus being our Good Shepherd. As I reflected on his teaching, I could not help but think about our current situation. One of the things shepherds know and the rest of us have learned is that sheep are not the smartest animals and if left to their own ways, they would wonder around aimlessly, and find themselves in all types of danger and even lose their lives to an enemy, starvation, dehydration or another problem. Sheep need someone, the shepherd, to lead them to provide food, to protect them and even sacrificially to lay down their lives for them.
During this COVID 19 pandemic, it seems at times like we are wondering around aimlessly like sheep. We hear the reports and updates. We hear this agency, or that candidate, or another scientist, doctor, government leader blaming each other for going too slowly, moving too fast, giving wrong information and so on. Each of us have our own opinions and these cause disagreements and tension. And so there is no real solid uniform leadership. Some of that has to do with how our government works.
Although this may continue related to the pandemic, spiritually we have a Good Shepherd in Jesus who is the one we all need to uniformly follow. I encourage you to read what Jesus said about himself as our Good Shepherd. The highlighted sections address his provision, his protection and his sacrifice.
John 10.7-11, 14 – 7 Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep.
8 All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. 11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep… 14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.
Let us lean into Jesus and follow his leading as we seek to navigate these tenuous days.
Our next steps - It has been announced that Dauphin County will move from the Red Phase to the Yellow Phase this coming Friday, May 29. This is good news, but we also need to understand that this is still a phase of caution. Under the Yellow Phase it would be permissible to gather for worship with no more than 25 with all of the CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines in place. The Board of Property and Finance is continuing to have conversations about what our churches protocols and procedures will be when it is time for to have in-person worship celebrations. There are a variety of things that must happen and must be in place before we reopen the doors for these celebrations. We have gleaned information, advice and suggestions from many resources like: the CDC, the PA state health department, ABCUSA, ABCOPAD, other parachurch organizations, Brotherhood Mutual Insurance, and a variety of independent sources. When we feel it is time to reopen, the Board will send these protocols and procedures to everyone and will post them on our website. We will also make a short YouTube video which can present a visual that might be helpful for you. We thank you for your patience.
Upcoming Worship –. This week we will take a break from our series on the Paradoxes of Jesus in order to celebrate Pentecost Sunday. This week’s sermon will be “Who is Leading You.” As always, this will be uploaded on YouTube around Friday. On Sunday it will be uploaded to our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/colonialparkcommunitybaptistchurch
Tithes and Offerings – We want to thank all of you for your continued faithfulness to the ministry of Christ through sending in your tithes and offerings. You can continue to mail them, or drop them off in the church mailbox.
Food donations – If you would still like to donate food for the food bank, please bring your food to the church and they will be taken down to Calvary UMC.
God Bless each of you. Remain Calm, Remain Safe, Remain Home, Remain Praying
How To Become a Follower of Jesus
"If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10.9
Becoming a follower of Jesus Christ requires repenting of your sins, and believing that Jesus died on the cross and rose again to forgive you of those sins and entering into a relationship with Him.
If you are ready to become a follower of Jesus Christ pray this prayer:
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose again from the dead. I turn my life over to You. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. Amen.
For more information about your new life in Jesus Christ, contact us at the church.
Ways to Accept Christ