From the Pastor

On Pentecost, May 20th, we will receive new members into the congregation. Our Book of Order speaks of the “qualifications” for membership in this way: A congregation shall welcome all persons who trust in God’s grace in Jesus Christ and desire to become part of the fellowship and ministry of his Church. G-1.0302 Please join in giving them a warm welcome.

Membership is a joy and a privilege, but it also involves the commitment to participate in Christ’s mission in the world through the ministry of the Church. Our Book of Order suggests 11 ways, and encourages all members regularly to review and evaluate “the integrity of one’s membership, and consider ways in which one’s participation in the worship and service of the church may be increased and made more meaningful.” As our new members make or renew baptismal promises on May 20th, and dedicate themselves to membership in Christ’s church and active participation in this congregation, I invite all to engage in a time of renewal of our commitment to membership. Consider the list below and focus on an area that you feel God is calling you to attend to more robustly:

  • proclaiming the good news in word and deed
  • taking part in the common life and worship of a congregation
  • lifting one another up in prayer, mutual concern, and active support
  • studying Scripture and the issues of Christian faith and life
  • supporting the ministry of the church through the giving of money, time, and talents
  • demonstrating a new quality of life within and through the church
  • responding to God’s activity in the world through service to others
  • living responsibly in the personal, family, vocational, political, cultural, and social relationships of life
  • working in the world for peace, justice, freedom, and human fulfillment
  • caring for God’s creation
  • participating in the governing responsibilities of the church

What a privilege it is to join with the members of this congregation in sharing God’s love and grace with the world.

With gratitude,

 

Lisa

 

 

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