This Sunday we will celebrate the 12th Anniversary of our recovery ministry. The ministry has been called Celebrate Recovery for most of its life but was renamed “Recovery at Clay Street” last year. The name isn’t the only change that has taken place. Jack Carpenter took the reins of leadership in January. He has brought a spirit of renewal and purpose to our recovery ministry. New people are being reached. Lives are being changed. We are building on the tremendous work that was done more than a decade ago by a study committee and the ensuing decade of outstanding leadership given by Ron Davis. There are so many people to thank for their service in recovery. But ultimately we look to the source of recovery, our Lord. I hope you will be in your place on Sunday as we look back in gratitude and look forward in anticipation of what God is going to do in our recovery ministry.
Sunday evening a good number of First Baptist people gathered with other Christians in our city at St. Dominic Catholic Church to pray for our city and our nation. I was struck by the large attendance, the largest we have had in any of these services in some time. I am confident that Christians want unity. It comes about when we remove the barriers that divide us and focus on those attributes that bind us together in our Lord. I hope you will pray with me for our city, state and nation that each of us might be a “soothing presence” in our community.
As we get close to Labor Day I hope you are looking forward to our Centennial events throughout September. It is going to be a great month. I look forward to sharing it with you!