Reflections on Faith and Community
In this blog, you will find weekly reflections on life and faith. My hope is that, in some way, they will prove helpful to you in your daily living. May God bless you on the spiritual journey.
Andrew S. Odom
Published on 04/16/2019 @ 8:58 AM CDT
I hope you were able to attend worship yesterday as we shared our gratitude together for the life and ministry of CCPC. We also ordained and installed our new class of elders and deacons. It was a remarkable morning!
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I want to continue to remind you of what is coming up these next few Sundays together as part of the Set Free Campaign:
This Sunday, April 7 - Ministry Sunday: We’ll celebrate the life-changing ministries of our church and the inspiring stories of how individuals and families have been blessed by God through these ministries.
Sunday, April 14 - Celebration Sunday: We’ll enjoy a COMBINED worship experience at 10:45am, with Sunday Classes at 9:45am, followed by a catered meal. We will also hear a special announcement during worship about the status of the Set Free Campaign.
Sunday, April 28 - Commitment Sunday: Commitment cards will be received during worship as we offer the response God has led each of us to make.
Sunday, May 12 - Announcement Sunday: We’ll celebrate the faithfulness of God and the collective generosity of the Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church family as we announce the grand total of three-year commitments received.
As always, I continue to be surprised by the generosity and genuineness of this church. You are deeply faithful and remarkably welcoming. See you Sunday!
Published on 04/01/2019 @ 8:59 PM CDT
Published on 03/26/2019 @ 8:47 AM CDT
Is there any place I can go to avoid your Spirit? to be out of your sight? If I climb to the sky, you’re there! If I go underground, you’re there! If I flew on morning’s wings to the far western horizon, You’d find me in a minute—you’re already there waiting! (Psalm 139:7-10)
Sunday evening, the CCPC youth were given an assignment. They may not realize that they were actually given an assignment, but they were. What was it? Look for God in a place you never expected. The youth went together as a group to see Captain Marvel, the latest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For them, I’m sure it simply felt like another fun even together, seeing a popular movie. But next Sunday, Chris Lee will join them to talk about the underlying theology of a movie like that. In other words, they are going to talk about seeing God in the story of the movie.
The psalmist talks like it is not possible to not see God. If I climb to the sky, you’re there! If I go underground, you’re there! If I go see Captain Marvel, you’re already there waiting. Having the eyes of the psalmist is to have the kind of eyes that see God everywhere, even in the most unlikely of places. My grandfather used to talk about “seeing the world through the eyes of God.” So often, we walk out of church and turn off our “God thinking.” We stop looking for God. The psalmist challenges us to do the exact opposite, looking for God absolutely everywhere. I’m sure this Sunday’s conversation will be a good one, but the greater gift it will give is the gift of having eyes that actually look, all the time, everywhere.
Published on 03/18/2019 @ 7:11 PM CDT
We have some very special, and spiritually powerful, Sunday mornings coming up. Celebration Sunday is one of them. I look forward to being part of it with you.
Published on 03/11/2019 @ 8:30 PM CDT