What Presbyterians Believe…

Presbyterians are distinctive in two major ways: they adhere to a pattern of religious thought known as Reformed theology and a form of government that stresses the shared leadership of both ministers and members. We have a vision of ministry that is vibrant and inviting and reflects the love and justice of Jesus Christ.

Evangelism and Witness – We are called to invite all people to faith, repentance and the abundant life of God in Jesus Christ, to encourage congregations in joyfully sharing the gospel, and through the power of the Holy Spirit to grow in membership and discipleship.

Justice and Compassion – We are called to address wrongs in every aspect of life and the whole of creation, intentionally working with and on behalf of poor, oppressed and disadvantaged people as did Jesus Christ, even at risk to our corporate and personal lives.

Spirituality and Discipleship– We are called to deeper discipleship through Scripture, worship, prayer, study, stewardship and service and to rely on the Holy Spirit to mold our lives more and more into the likeness of Jesus Christ.

Leadership and Vocation – We are called to lead by Jesus Christ’s example, to identify spiritual gifts and to equip and support Christians of all ages for faithful and effective servant leadership. With believers in every time and place, we rejoice that nothing in life or death can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ!

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  • A Lenten Journey

    We’ve entered that season of the church year when we are reminded to ask ourselves, “Who is this man Jesus, and what does it mean to be his disciple?”

    I suppose it’s always a good time to ask ourselves that question, but in the season of Lent it is particularly relevant to do so.  As you will hear during the Sunday scripture readings, Lent is the journey of Jesus to the holy city of Jerusalem, and each of us is invited to take that journey with him.  This is the church season when I am most reminded of the difficulties of being a follower of Jesus.

    When we contemplate God and God’s son Jesus, what (or who) do we find?  Do we find a God of comfort in our time of need?  I certainly hope so.  Do we find a graceful and merciful Christ who sacrificed all for the sake of the entirety of God’s creation?  I hope that is the case too.

    We also might find ourselves on a difficult journey. Jesus reminds us that being his follower is not an easy thing to undertake.  Being a disciple of Jesus may cause divisions within a family.  It may cost us friendships at times.  Regardless, we find that following and journeying with Jesus provides us with the sustenance that only his life and love can provide.  I hope that you will join us for worship during this Lenten season, and for our special services during Holy Week.

    Holy Week Services

    Thinking about the conclusion of Lent, please mark these dates on your calendar.  Palm Sunday is March 25.  We will worship together as usual, with a pancake breakfast between services that day (roughly 10-11 a.m.).  We will also have our traditional donkey procession from the parking lot near Logan High School (this begins around 10:45 a.m.).

    Later in the week we will join in ecumenical partnership with Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and St. John’s Episcopal Church for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services.

    Maundy Thursday service will be at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church.  Pastor Meg will preach.  This traditional Holy Week service commemorates the last supper of Jesus Christ with his

    disciples. “Maundy” refers to the new commandment that Jesus gave to his disciples, when Jesus washed their feet: “Love one another as I have loved you” (Latin: Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos’).

    Good Friday will present two faith experiences for us.  The Cross Walk will commence at noon at FPC and conclude at St. John’s around 12:45 p.m.  Later, FPC will host a Good Friday Tenebrae Service at 7 p.m. (in our sanctuary).  This service will be light on preaching and heavy on music, as we set our hearts in the right place to contemplate the crucifixion and prepare ourselves for Jesus’ time in the tomb, before the resurrection.  Our chancel choir will join with the Prince of Peace choir for this service.

    Holy Week concludes with Easter, on April 1st.  We will have our traditional Sunrise Service at Brian Owens’ home (weather permitting), followed by 9 a.m. and 11a.m. worship in the church.

    Pastor Meg Vail’s Arrival!

    Friends, after a lengthy but thorough search process by our Associate Pastor Nominating Committee, it is time for us to welcome Meg and Jeannine to Logan.  Meg will arrive the first full week of March, and you’ll first see her in worship on March 11.  Please keep Meg in your prayers while you read this, as Meg will be examined for ordination by Mission Presbytery (central and southern Texas) on March 2 and 3.  This is a process that every candidate for ministry goes through, when the home Presbytery asks questions to Meg to make sure that she is fully prepared for ministry.  I have no doubt that Meg is fully prepared and ready for ministry, but it is still a difficult and intimidating process when dozens (if not hundreds) of ministers and elders have the chance to ask you anything about your life and faith.  Please join me in praying for Meg’s examination before Mission Presbytery, and for Meg and Jeannine’s journey and arrival in Logan.

    May the grace and peace of Jesus Christ be with you all,

    Pastor Derek

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