Friends in FPC,
I write from a freshly redecorated pastor's study. Kudos to Jim Corwith, Sally Hawke, Bill Sickles, Fran Westerhoff, and others who brightened this space immeasurably while I was away. Stop by following worship or any time throughout the week to take a look. The quest to be the best possible church includes making sure our facilities are welcoming and attractive. This pastor's study which overlooks a beautiful front lawn and one of the most picturesque main streets in America is a sacred space. There should be no apology for making it sing!
Speaking of singing, Sunday worship will welcome the choir and a reassembled church organ following its hiatus for necessary repairs. We will celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper and hear a Minute for Mission from Doreen Corwith Eckert about the Prayer ministry she is beginning in the downstairs chapel. The Scripture for the day is Genesis 50:15-21, the basis for the communion meditation entitled "Making Peace in the Family". Hymns include "Crown Him With Many Crowns"," Break Now the Bread of Life", "Come share the Lord", and "How Firm a Foundation". The choral anthem is "As We Break the Bread".
Find your place in worship and rejoice.
Children and youth are excused following the Children's Message for their classes. Those with questions should see Khristin Heaney or Ann West, co-directors of Christian Education. Kelly D'Angelo is director of youth. Thanks go to all who made last week's Rally Day possible, in particular those who arranged the picnic following worship.
An appeal for support of hurricane victims in Texas and Florida is ongoing throughout September. Do give generously. Our prayers and financial support are means of Grace for those who suffer.
Next Sunday the 24th we will welcome the Rev. Michael Johnson, son of the late Dr. Bill Johnson, pastor of FPC, and his wife Sandy. Michael is launching a new ministry in Scotland entitled the East Mountain Community Mission. This is an effort in church revitalization sponsored by the Reformed Church of America. A luncheon will follow to help welcome Michael and his wife Carrie. Proceeds from this summer's Chowder Fest were dedicated to their new venture.
Many fall activities are underway. Holy Yoga and Presbyterian Women's study, the Ladies Lunch Bunch and a new Sunday Bible Study on the Parables of Jesus beginning October 1 at 9:00 in the Founder's Room. Keep this week's worship bulletin as Shelley has included a detailed calendar of fall activities. Don't let anyone refer to our congregation as "vacant" because we are in a time between installed pastors.
Prayer for the Day:
God who is sovereign over all, come quickly to the aid of those who are hurting. Minister through us to those who feel alone and forgotten. Heal those who are broken. Console those who are grieving. Lift up those who are lethargic in spirit. Hear our prayers, giving us not what we want necessarily, but what we need. At the beginning and end of every day, let the words speak from our lips, "thy will be done". Inspire our worship this and every Sunday. Keep us humble amidst our achievements and grateful for every blessing. Lead our leaders to help us see that our best days, with your help, are yet to be. through Christ we pray.
See you in church!