Dear family and friends of First Pres,
Grace and peace to you my friends!
This Sunday the Presbyterian Church celebrates World Communion Sunday with congregations all over the globe.
Followers of Jesus Christ in large churches and small churches (like the church in which I grew up and where my parents still are over 50 years later!), in the country and in the city, in ornate buildings and under tents, gather to participate in the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Some will receive cubes of bread, others will receive a wafer. Some will drink from a common cup, others will dip a piece of bread into the juice. Some will have plastic individual cups. Clergy will lead in many languages. Some pastors will dress formally, others will be wearing sandals.
Despite all our differences and traditions, we celebrate our unity in Christ across time and space. At the 11 a.m. service, we will celebrate with our 3rd graders who are partaking of the meal for the very first time! Please join us for a very special time in the life of this church!
This week I will be preaching from the Book of Lamentations, Chapter 3…
I know, I know, there is a lot of lamenting in Lamentations! But you will want to read the verses from Chapter 3 carefully to discover that even in the midst of lamenting, there is hope! As Christians, how do we bridge the gap between reality and hope? Perhaps we can discover something new in the text as we read and grapple with this pericope in Lamentations 3:19-26.
Finally, there will be a called congregational meeting this Sunday, October 6, 2019 following the 11 a.m. service for the purpose of receiving and acting upon the report from the Congregational Nominating Committee and their recommendations for Church Officers and Congregational Nominating Committee members at large from the congregation. Please be sure to thank the members of the Congregational Nominating Committee for their hard work!
Grace and peace,