Pastor's Message

         At our last Session meeting we were discussing the preparation for receiving our three confirmands as new members of the church. We haven’t done this for a while, and it will be a big day for all of us on Sunday, June 11th  in 9:30am worship; the congregation in learning about our newest members, our confirmands as they learn who we are and what we do in the church, and the families of our new members (parents and grand-parents, aunts, uncles too!) as they continue to nurture and nourish these young people in their faith. We will have pictures and information about each confirmand in next month’s newsletter. I invite all of us to come and greet, meet, and support our new church members with worship and fellowship and food to follow. You will be glad you did! What energetic, engaged, and beautiful young people they are!

         All through our classes this spring our confirmands and I were learning ‘What Do Presbyterians Believe?’ Our PC(USA) has much to teach us through our national magazine, Presbyterians Today and in our church constitution texts of beliefs entitled, The Book of Confessions and The Book of Order, both of these being documents published by The Office of the General Assembly out of our national offices in Louisville, KY. The Book of Confessions contains confessional statements such as the Nicene and Apostle’s Creed, and other confessions during critical historical times in the life of the church and in the world. The Book of Order includes our form of government, rules of discipline for the church, and a directory of worship which gives ideas for worship in the church.

          I remember in my seminary days we were required to know these church constitutional books well, as they, along with Bible content, were part of our (five) ordination exams in becoming a Minister of the Word and Sacrament. As many know also, Presbyterian pastors are required to take Hebrew and Greek languages in understanding the O.T. and N.T. of the Bible. I remember writing about the O.T. and an Esther passage in Hebrew on my ordination exams. Oh, those were exciting times!

          Now, as confirmands, we do not memorize, but have overviews of much of the church and its function through these and many sources for our classes. Someone at Session said they were required to memorize the Apostle’s Creed, write a faith statement, and meet with Session individually before becoming a member of the church. In our classes this year we wrote critiques of the sermons in worship, did a project related to the church or community effort to realize ongoing mission work in our community. We are also going to a synagogue for worship together as we study religions and beliefs of different faiths. Ah, to be young again with lots of energy and brain-knowledge to take in!!

          Ideas we shared together over these weeks were how the PC(USA) is reformed and always being reformed (change can be good!) in our study of the scriptures, our experiencing the Lord’s Supper and our baptism as sacraments of our church, and questions we have about sin, heaven, hell, prayers, righteousness, authority, power, and death.  We had fun along the way too!

 

Come join us for a grand time of expressing God’s love to/for one another.

 

 

May God Bless, 

Sandy

 

 

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