Let there be… a voice! Celebrate the 2nd Sunday of Advent as the Chancel Choir w/orchestra leads us in a music-filled worship of hymns for the season of Advent and Christmas. The Children’s Choirs and Middle School Ensemble, as well as a Liturgical Dance Group, will also share their gifts of praise. 8:30 and 11 am worship services!
Background: In light of the violence in Charlottesville that occurred the weekend of August 11-12, our head of staff Dr. Dave Fry, and associate pastors Rev. Andy Acton, Rev. Jody Andrade and Rev. Jennie Sankey, created an Affirmation of Faith (culled from various resources) that was spoken in worship on Sunday, August 20. Following the statement, the pastors invited the congregation to say together an excerpt of The Belhar Confession of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Intro: We do not intend to respond publicly to every news event. However, to be silent in the aftermath of such violence and racial hatred (in Charlottesville) seemed wrong. Our discussions leading to this affirmation were not easy. We each have differing views and different perspectives. We do, however unanimously agree on what we are about to say, as Christians and as your pastors…
Affirmation of Faith Denouncing White Supremacy and Racism
“We affirm that hatred and violence promoted by white supremacy are sin. When scripture and Christian tenets are used to justify white supremacy and racism we denounce such claims as blasphemous. God, who is love, created and blessed every pigmentation and ethnicity of humanity. We reject any human-created division or prioritizing of God’s love. Scripture says: “God is light and in God there is no darkness at all…Whoever says, ‘I am in the light,’ while hating a brother or sister, is still in the darkness.” We confess our individual failures to shine the light in the darkness through our silence in the face of racism. We renew our commitment to work for justice and equality for all of humanity. We resolve to both speak and act against white supremacy and racism until as scripture tells us, ‘. . . there is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.'”
We make this claim in conjunction with The Belhar Confession, the latest Confession of Faith adopted by the PC(USA). From the Apostle’s Creed as the earliest, Presbyterians have used these Confessions as descriptions of what scripture teach and as guides for living our faith. We invite you to use some of the words from The Belhar Confession to affirm the faith we hold together:
“We believe that God has entrusted the church with the message of reconciliation in and through Jesus Christ. We reject any doctrine which sanctions in the name of the gospel or of the will of God the separation of people on the grounds of race and color and thereby obstructs and weakens the ministry and experience of reconciliation in Christ. The church as the possession of God must stand where the Lord stands, namely against injustice and with the wronged; that in following Christ, the church must witness against all who selfishly seek their own interests and thus control and harm others. Jesus is Lord. To the one and only God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be the honor and the glory forever and ever. Amen.”
Listen up, cool cats!
We return to our regular Worship Schedule of two services,
8:30 and 11 am, Sunday, August 6
Also join us for our “Back to (Church) School Fair,” in between services, 9:40-10:40 am in Fellowship Hall.
Your whole family is invited to come by to fill out registration forms for the year, get your backpack blessed, take pictures in the photo booth, meet your teachers, play games and more! Bring your backpack for a blessing and also bring new pencils, crayons, markers or glue sticks to give to a local charity.
And stick around for a few minutes after the 11 am worship service
to celebrate our Brand New Church Bus
funded through your generous support of the “Gifted Past, Bold Future” campaign!!!
We’ll gather under the portico; Rev. Andy Acton will give a brief blessing and prayer of thanksgiving, and then we’ll christen the new vessel with water balloons!!!!