St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church
St. Paul’s Weekly E-Newsletter
July 2, 2014
Pastor Ann to Report on General Assembly
“Abound in Hope” (Romans 15:13) was the theme for our 221st General Assembly which was held June 14th to 21st in Detroit, MI. Pastor Ann served as a Teaching Elder Commissioner from Pacific Presbytery to this GA and she will be giving her report on this experience this Sunday. It is also Communion Sunday and those serving are Ruling Elders: Yvonne Stewart, Minnie McGriff, Delores Henry, Vanita Brittain and Deacon: Diane Williams.
Fourth of July Prayer
We lift up our hearts, O God, on this day of celebration in gratitude for the gift of being Americans.
We rejoice with all those who share in the great dream of freedom and dignity for all.
With flags and feasting, with family and friends, we salute those who have sacrificed that we might have the opportunity to bring to fulfillment our many God-given gifts.
As we deny all prejudice a place in our hearts, may we also clearly declare our intention to work for the time when all people, regardless of race, religion or sex, will be granted equal dignity and worth.
Come, O gracious God, who led your children Israel from slavery, keep us free from all that might hold us in bondage.
Bless our country and join our simple celebration that we may praise you, our Source of freedom, the One in whom we place our trust. Amen.
Howlett Smith and Leon Fanniel to be Honored
Both Howlett Smith and Leon Fanniel are being honored this month! Uview Media Group is honoring Howlett on Saturday, July 19th at 7 PM at the Regency West. Tickets are $15 now (see Pastor Ann for a ticket) or $20 at the door. Leon Fanniel is being honored by the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc. on Wednesday, July 23rd at 7:30 PM at their 95th Annual Convention at the Doubletree Hotel in Culver City. Tickets for the dinner are $60 and can be purchased from Rev. Glenn L. Jones .697.4697 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Town Hall Meeting
Please plan to stay after worship on Sunday, July 13th for our Town Hall meeting. We will be taking a survey and begin discussing plans for the future of St. Paul’s. A light lunch will be served.
During this 4th of July holiday I am indebted to Rev. Vernon Broyles for his thoughts on religion and patriotism: Inasmuch as those who carry civil authority are God’s servants, they are to be obeyed. One of the marks of a “good Christian” in the Reformed tradition is responsible participation in the life of the civil society and obedience to its proper edicts and laws. On the other hand, Calvin says Paul also makes clear that those in authority are charged by God to use their authority for the ordering of human life and to the end that “men (sic) breathe, eat, drink, and are kept warm.” This is critical for understanding our history as Presbyterians in dealing with those in authority, especially where civil authority is not used for the common good. . . John Calvin wrote his“Institutes of the Christian Religion”an exile, having fled for his life because of his earlier writings about people in authority. Ironically, he dedicated thethe French King from whose realm he had fled. John Knox came to Geneva as a fugitive, having escaped from a ship where he had been consigned as a galley slave for rebellion against the Crown. . . Presbyterians throughout the Colonies were so prominent in the American Revolution that the English king often referred to it as “that Presbyterian rebellion.” . . . How could these Reformed Christians call for obedience to the civil authorities on the one hand and engage in rebellion on the other? The key is the God-given role of the civil magistrate, as described in Romans 13. When civil magistrates do not use their authority for the good of the people or use their authority to oppress the people they have been ordained by God to serve, they are to be resisted. Our loyalty to God “trumps” our allegiance to every civil authority when their edicts and actions run counter to our understanding of what God requires in terms of justice, truth and ultimate loyalty.
(Read more at: http:www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/today/faith-patriotism/)
Water damage repair work is set to begin on our sanctuary July 7th. This project is scheduled to take three weeks, so we will be holding our worship services in Fellowship Hall for the month of July. Stay tuned for updates.
Do You Know the Bible?
The answers to last week’s questions: (1) Bethany, (2) half his possessions, (3) water, (4) gopher wood, (5) pitch, (6) a sword and spear.
- What is the longest book of the New Testament?
- What is the longest book of the Old Testament (Hebrew Texts)?
- Name a book of the Bible named after a woman.
- What was the first bird to leave the ark?
- What was the name of Joseph’s younger brother?
- What was the name of the mountain where Moses received the 10 Commandments?
This Sunday is the last day to make a donation for flooring in honor of Pastor Ann’s 65th Birthday!!!!