The Speed of Prayer

A Chinese company, which recently became the world’s third largest maker of smart phones has declared that its new flagship product is the fastest smart phone in the world.  This announcement no doubt comes as good news to avid smart phone users, and will likely result in the mass purchase of the phone, making plenty of people happy….and the company wealthy.

Human beings have become reluctantly accustomed to waiting for many things.  Perhaps that’s why fast download speeds on high-tech cell phones are a very attractive feature.  Technically, to download means to receive data (pictures, files, etc.) to a local system (your computer) from a remote system (email).  In the past, downloading took a long time, but today’s downloading speeds are simply unbelievable!

Although the speed of downloading has accelerated markedly over the last few years, it still can’t (and dare I say, won’t ever) beat the speed of prayer.  There are numerous Biblical stories of when a prayer was offered, and the prayer received a response at once.  Here are just a few examples ...

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This Week (March 28 to April 2): 

• Tuesday @ 10:00 AM – Women’s Bible Study

• Tuesday @ 7:00 PM – Prayer Meeting with Pastor Michael Butler (John 14)

• Wednesday @ 7:00 PM - Spanish Group Prayer Meeting

• Various L.I.F.E. groups (in-home small group Bible studies) take place across Sacramento. To locate one near you contact our small groups’ coordinator, Richard Anger @ (916) 681-3990

• Sabbath @ 9:00 AM - Morning Manna – Arbenit Rrustemaj

• Sabbath @ 9:30 AM - Central Study Hour with Pastor Chris Buttery + Children/Youth/Adult Sabbath School Classes

• Sabbath @ 10:50 AM - Worship Service with Pastor Chris Buttery

• Sabbath @ 1:00 PM – Book Ministry Luncheon

Upcoming Events

Optimize Your Brain: Central’s Health Ministries is teaming up with Dr. Neil Nedley to host this all-important seminar on improving brain function – an especially relevant topic today. Come (with a family member or friend) to the free introductory session on Monday, April 4 at 7 PM to learn more. Keep your eyes peeled for more information.

Youth & Family Life Vespers continues Friday, April 8 at 7 PM (and every second and fourth Friday in the Family Life Room). And on April 22 at 7 PM Armona Union Academy Choir will be sharing their music and other gifts with us. It will be an exciting and powerful beginning to the Sabbath. Mark your calendars!

Youth Sabbath: We’re looking forward to having our dedicated young people lead out in our church service April 9. Pastor Michael will be sharing a powerful message on that day. Keep them in prayer as they prepare and thank you for showing your support for them by your presence.

Dennis Priebe Returning to Central: Plan to join us all day for a special event as Elder Dennis Priebe shares God’s word for the worship service and during the afternoon. A special evening sundown program is also being planned.

Ministry Opportunities

Exciting Ministry Opportunities! Want to be involved in helping broadcast biblical messages across Sacramento and the world? Looking to get involved here at Central so you can make a difference for the gospel? Central’s multi-media ministry is looking for volunteer audio, camera, and Pro-Presenter operators. There’s much to do and your involvement will help further the three angels’ messages. The next Camera Operator Training is scheduled Tuesday, March 29 @ 6:30 PM, while we have an Audio Training scheduled Tuesday, April 5 @ 6:30 PM. Both trainings will be in the sanctuary. For more information, please contact Pastor Chris Buttery at 717.250.8116. We look forward to seeing you there!

Gardening Ministry. Our Garden Ministry assists the church in beautifying the property grounds. A team of volunteers meets each Wednesday morning to plant, weed, prune, and water. There are no special qualifications needed just a desire to see God’s house look beautiful. Please contact the church office or Karen Medeiros at k.medeiros@sbcglobal.net if you can help.

Family Matters

Vegetarian Foods @ Central: We will be making certain vegetarian canned foods available through the church beginning Tuesday (March 22). All items will be 50% off for a suggested donation that will go toward our thrift store ministry. To pick yours up, stop by the church office during office hours.

Thrift Store Donations Needed: Smart Thrift, our church’s thrift store, is in need of more furniture donations – bedroom furniture, living room furniture, dining room furniture, and more. Please call 916.457.6500 for more information or to schedule a pick up (must be multiple pieces to qualify for pick up). Thank you.

Watch Us on Television! Enjoy viewing Central’s flagship programs, Central Study Hour, every Friday night at 8 PM and Sabbath morning at 6 AM (PST) on 3ABN Proclaim! Also enjoy our Receiving the Word, 30-minute programs weekly on Sunday at 11 AM, Tuesday at 11:30 AM (NEW TIME), Wednesday at 8:30 PM, and Thursday at 9 PM (NEW TIME) on Sacramento Faith TV (Comcast – 20; CCI – 19; AT&T – 14). These can also be viewed on our website (www.saccentral.org) and our YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/thecentralconnection). Let everyone know where they can receive timely Bible messages!

Podcasts Available! If you didn't know, every Central Study Hour and worship service can be viewed and downloaded by going to our website (https://zqh.orf.mybluehost.me/saccentral/sermons). This is an easy way for you to invite friends and family to listen to important Bible messages coming from Central church. The podcasts are uploaded a week after the live presentation.

News & Events From Elsewhere

Religious Liberty Summit: Register now to attend the annual North American Religious Liberty Summit, May 23, 24 at the General Conference (GC) headquarters in Silver Spring, MD and downtown Washington, D.C. (transportation from the GC provided). The Summit will include discussions about domestic and international issue education, legislative office visit training, and coalition building. It coincides with the annual Religious Liberty Dinner, which is attended annually by diplomats, U.S. Government officials, religious leaders, and with the International Religious Liberty Conference. Register online or call (805) 055-7683. Limited to the first 50 people.

Faith Community Nursing (FCN) training to be at Southern Adventist University, June 10 to 14, is designed to provide the registered nurse with a basis to start a Faith Community Nurse program in her/his congregation. FCN is a specialty nursing practice combining professional nursing and health ministry. The philosophy of this curriculum embraces four major concepts: The Spiritual Dimension, Professionalism, Wholistic Health, and Community. Watch video to learn more.  Register here. Early bird registration closes March 31.




Revelation Today – The Mysteries Revealed is a comprehensive 19-DVD study series that focuses on the prophecies of the Bible. Based entirely on the Word of God, Revelation Today lets the Bible speak for itself! Presented by It Is Written Speaker/Director John Bradshaw. Learn more here.

American Christian Ministries. Celebrate 40 years of ministry by enjoying all audio downloads for FREE. Click here to listen to inspirational, Bible-based messages while time lasts.

Be Inspired 

Five Minutes Later, It’s Over: Be inspired by this short read that reminds us that Jesus is coming very soon…sooner than we might think.

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