St. Paul’s Weekly E-Newsletter
St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles
October 26, 2016
St. Paul’s to Celebrate Reformation Sunday
The tradition of Reformation Sunday offers an opportunity to celebrate our heritage and history, to affirm our central theological convictions and to consider God’s ongoing reformation of the church. The Presbyterian Church does not have special scripture readings or resources designated for Reformation Sunday, since it is not part of the liturgical calendar, but the lectionary offers the delightful story of Zacchaeus who climbs a tree to see Jesus as the Gospel text (Luke 19:1-10) for this week. Plan to join us this Sunday for Pastor Ann’s last Sunday at St. Paul’s.
Prayer Brunch Saturday
Presbyterian Women are sponsoring their annual Prayer Brunch in the Fellowship Hall starting at 10 AM this Saturday, October 29th. Tickets are available from any of our Presbyterian Women and the cost is $20. The Rev. Beverly Powell will be the guest speaker. Plan to attend and bring a friend.
Farewell Potluck for Pastor Ann Following Sunday Worship
There will be a Farewell Potluck celebration of the ministry of Pastor Ann this Sunday following worship in the Fellowship Hall. Check with your Cluster Leader if you are not sure what to bring. Pastor Ann is completing an eight-year interim ministry with us. Monday will be her last day in the office. She will miss you all very much! You have all touched her life in so many ways!
A Personal Note:
To thrive in this life, we must take care of ourselves. We surround ourselves with people who make us laugh and you did. We forget the bad stuff and focus on the good. We love the people who treat us right and we pray for the ones who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy. We have learned that falling down is part of life, and getting back up is living, but please stay off those ladders!!!
A quote from St. Teresa of Avila: “May today there be peace within. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content knowing you are a child of God. Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.”
Being Presbyterian (Part 225)
It is hard to believe that I have published 225 of these “Being Presbyterian” messages. I have decided to wrap up this series by talking about “Living Missionally.”
You may be asking, “What does ‘living missionally’ really mean?” To help sort out this question, we seek the wisdom of renowned Princeton theologian Darrell Guder, who retired in 2015. He was at the forefront of the missional church movement in the 1990s.
In the 1990s, Guder says he and other theologians were trying to figure out how churches could create a Christian movement in Western culture, which was increasingly becoming post-Christian—or as he asks, “How might the church help people become missionaries in the context of where they are?” As theological gatherings of participants pondered these questions, Guder says they increasingly began to recognize that it is possible to say “church” or “Christian” and not mean being part of God’s mission. This led to a deepening conviction—new faith communities needed to form primarily around the theology of mission.
“A missional community is not an end unto itself. It is not a church that exists for its own purposes, but rather for the mission—the character—of God,” he says. “So in thinking about living missionally, consider it this way: To live missionally means we do not exist for our own purpose, but rather for the purpose of revealing God’s character—God’s mission. It means we should live in a way that brings God’s healing, reconciliation and good news to those around us.”
“It’s being a missional witness, demonstrating to the world as individuals and a community what the reign of God looks like,” says Guder. “Primary in the New Testament is the conduct of the whole community. I hope this ‘live missionally’ theme helps the church consider living life in a way that is worthy of the call of God.” You can read more at: http://pma.pcusa.org/site_media/media/uploads/gamc/pdf/14february/business/h.105.pdf
Do You Know the Bible? The answers to last week’s questions 1) Onesiphorus, 2) Eliphaz, Bildad, Zophar, 3) David and Jonathon, 4) Hushai, 5) Mary, Martha, Lazarus, 6) Herod and Pilate, 7) Aquila and Priscilla, 8) Hiram, 9) Abraham and 10) Daniel.
1.Who prayed for a drought? (James 5:17-18)
2. Who prayed for victory over an enemy? (II Chronicles 14:8-11)
3. Who prayed for a drink of water? (Judges 15:18-19)
4. Who prayed for a blessing on his house? (II Samuel 7:29)
5. Who prayed for a son? ((I Samuel 1:10-11)
6. Who prayed for healing of a leprosy case? (Numbers 12:10-13)
7. Who prayed for protection from a brother? (Genesis 32:9-1)
8. Who prayed to be returned to Jerusalem and his kingdom? (II Chronicles 33:11-13)
9. Who prayed for the blinding of an army? (II Kings 6:18) 10.Who prayed for guidance in bringing up a child? (Judges 13:8)