St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church
May 28, 2014
A unique Christian community bound by God’s love, sharing our love with others
St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church E-Newsletter
Ascension Sunday this Week
This Sunday is the 7th Sunday in Eastertide, Ascension Sunday and for us at St. Paul’s, Communion Sunday. The sermon topic this week is prayer and the text is from John 17:1-11 which is about Jesus saying his final goodbyes to his disciples and offering them a “closing prayer.” Our communion servers this week are ruling elders John Ketch, Joyce Dixon, Vanita Brittain and Billie Land and deacon: Earnestine Jeffries.
June 1st thru 8th: A Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
At least once a year Christians are reminded of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples that “they may be one so that the world may believe” (see John 17.21). Hearts are touched and Christians come together to pray for their unity. Congregations and parishes all over the world exchange preachers or arrange special ecumenical celebrations and prayer services. The event that touches off this special experience is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Where do you see God’s grace and peace in your local church, in your larger community, and in your country? How can you move beyond a preoccupation with your immediate community and attend to the community of all Christians and the world?
What do you give thanks for in your church, in your community and in your country? How have you experienced the spiritual and/or material gifts of God among other Christians or others of your community?
Flooring Fundraiser through June
There is still time to participate in the Flooring Fundraiser for Pastor Ann’s 65th birthday celebration. Home Depot is coming out today to measure the rooms we hope to either carpet or put down new flooring in. We have reached a bit over half of our goal so far. (Pastor Ann is very happy!) The flooring samples, forms and envelopes are in the narthex. Please make your checks payable to St. Paul’s with “flooring” on the memo line.
An African American literary voice revered globally for her poetic command and her commitment to civil rights has fallen silent. Angelou was 86. 2010, President Barack Obama named her the recipient of the Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor.
This is Presbyterian Heritage week and so I thought it appropriate use this column for a brief review of Presbyterian origins.
It all started with the Reformation! We are part of the whole household of Christians, a branch of the family called Reformed Churches. These churches began in the 16th century at the time of the Protestant Reformation and looked closely at the teachings of men like Huldrych Zwingli of Zurich and John Calvin of Geneva as being reliable ways of understanding and interpreting the Bible. Other reformers followed all seeking the “reform” of the Catholic Church on the basis of the Word of God in Scripture.
The early reformed churches distinguished themselves from Lutherans and Anabaptists (today’s Baptists, Mennonites and others) who believed that only adults could be baptized. In England the Anglican church (our Episcopal church) emerged as a middle way between Catholicism and Protestantism.
The Presbyterian name comes from our form of government which is by presbyters or elders. The primary governing unit is the presbytery which is composed of clergy and elected lay leaders (ruling elders) in specific geographical areas. The ruling elders who govern a local congregation are called the session.
Chapter meeting is scheduled for Saturday, May 31st at Angeles Mesa Presbyterian Church at 10 AM. All are welcome!
Do You Know the Bible?
The answers from last week: (1) Ruth (2) Simon (3) Three (4) Bartimaeus (5) On a ship at sea (6) Not cutting his hair.
- Who was the very first disciple of Jesus?
- Which apostle was a doctor?
- What did Jacob give to his son. Joseph to show he was his favorite?
- Which disciple of Jesus once cut off a man’s ear?
5. When King David was a young man, his best friend was King Saul’s son. What was his name?
6. What was the name of Moses’ older brother?