Dear Family and Friends of First,
C.S. Lewis wrote, in Mere Christianity, “When you come to knowing God, the initiative lies on God’s side. If God does not show God’s Self, nothing you can do will enable you to find God…You can put this another way by saying that while in other sciences the instruments you use are things external to yourself (things like microscopes and telescopes), the instrument through which you see God is your whole self.”
That’s what we are doing during this interim period. We are “looking at our whole self”. Therefore, I suggest that we are looking for, searching for God.
The Pulpit Nominating Committee (PNC) has been working feverishly since August 2021 to find who God has already ordained and called to be God’s instrument of pastoral and prophetic ministry here. The Session has approved the Mission Information Form (MIF) which we have distributed to everyone and extra copies are in the narthex for your convenience. It would be helpful to refresh our memory and revisit our vision for ministry.
Our Vision: We strive to form a Christian Community that will create a truly welcoming environment for all; provide our congregation with creative leadership in worship that nourishes our souls and spirits with the Word of God; provide a vibrant music program that is aligned to the worship services and tied to the lectionary; ensure that ample Christian Education opportunities for all stages of life are offered; provide opportunities for fellowship; create valuable outreach opportunities; and provide hands-on assistance for the underserved within the greater community.
In our Annual Meeting, (February 6) we will hear from all the ministries in which FPC BG is involved in. We will hear the struggles and the successes, the hopes and the dreams of the committees, programs and opportunities. And there will be an invitation to “look at our whole self”, each part, each level of involvement.
My prayer is that we will come together, as Paul writes to the Corinthians, as one body, the Body of Christ. Each one of us is a vital part. Each one of us is necessary for us to be who God calls us to be. I am honored to serve you as your Interim Pastor and I am excited to see what God has instore for us as we seek, and find, God in our midst.
In Christ’s Service,