The church is, at times, unfairly (and, at times, fairly) criticized for being focused on what doesn't matter to people and missing what does. At times our defense, to put it bluntly, is that the wrong things matter to people. Humans can get focused on some insignificant and unholy things. At times, though, we are indefensibly aloof to what does and should matter to people. When that's the case, we should repent. There is too much that matters and the gospel has too much that addresses it for us to be "so heavenly as to be no earthly good."
Hopefully we will be of earthly good, inspired by heaven this weekend. Sunday's sanctuary service will give attention to our God who chose human flesh for the sake of bringing the Kingdom of Heaven among us. John 6:51-58 is as earthy and "real" as it comes. People were disgusted by Jesus' very comment about eating his flesh (many still are). Naturally, we soften it by talking of symbols, but there is a rawness that is helpful to hear. God is not afraid of the nitty-gritty of our gritty lives. To think otherwise is to misunderstand the God who "became flesh and lived among us" (John 1:14).
God came among us and continues to send his Spirit to us and has desires for what we do with this life, therefore, what we do with the time we're given has great significance. J.T. Brown, our Well preacher for Sunday, will use Ephesians 5:15-20 to encourage us to "Waste no time."
You can put your time to use by getting involved in a gritty situation this weekend. 104 residents were recently forced to move out of the hotel where they were staying until the hotel can be made safer. The Salvation Army, House of Hope, and others have found temporary shelter for them, but they also need basic supplies. We are waiting for a list of supplies and information about where those supplies can be delivered. We will announce it on Sunday and post it to our Facebook page when we get the information. Central will also make a financial contribution to the ministries assisting this difficult situation, so, if you prefer to contribute in that manner, please note "August Homeless Crisis" on the memo line of your contribution.
Also, don't forget that we'll receive and bless backpacks and school supplies this Sunday.