This is article, by Craig T. Owens, a pastor in Cedar Springs, that appeared in the Cedar Springs Post last summer. This will help give you a feel of what UNITED is all about —
Here’s my submission for the most obvious statement of the year: It’s a lot nicer being with people you get along with than it is being alone or with disagreeable people.
Probably not much to argue about that statement, right?
So if that’s true, why are so many people lonely? Why do the number of people calling themselves “alone” and “unhappy with life” continue to rise year after year?
Part of the problem is that we’ve gotten rid of so many places where we used to meet others, and we’ve replaced face-to-face time with screen time. We watch others’ victories on TV, we admire others’ vacations on Facebook, he laugh at others’ jokes on Twitter, and we live others’ lives at the movie theater.
C.S. Lewis said, “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one!’” But this requires us spending time with a potential friend.
Albert Camus observed that a friend is one who can sing your song to you when you’ve forgotten the words. But this means spending lots of time “singing your song” with your friend.
In the Bible we read, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1). That’s the theme for this year’s UNITED service. UNITED is a huge church service in Morley Park where all of our churches come together, face-to-face, and celebrate God and the friendships He has given us. It’s a place where you can sing side-by-side with other Cedar Springs friends.
Won’t you join us Sunday, August 24, at 11am? Perhaps you’ll meet a new friend, or deepen a relationship with a current friend. Someone is waiting for you to step into their life, and I’ll bet someone wants to step into your life too! Don’t rob yourself or your friend of a chance to banish loneliness!