Vision and Mission 2016
January 19, 2017
If you read between the lines in the Gospels, it isn't hard to imagine the disciples of Jesus as flawed people. In other words, they are very much like you and me. I find this notion comforting for I know myself to be imperfect.
When I was brought to Christian faith in my early years, my Church first taught me to see human nature from a "Calvinistic" point of view. I was taught, unlike the general humanism of my day back in the seventies, that human nature is damaged and this leads us to be selfish and vengeful and arrogant. The deeper I got into college and then seminary, the more I understood myself to be somewhat broken and needy deep down inside. Coupled with that dark side understanding of human nature, I also learned from my theological studies-- that God is gracious and relentlessly loving in Jesus Christ. I even came to experience his grace in my own life. This dual understanding of my flawed nature and God's tremendous grace has marked my self-understanding and identity for my whole adult life.
The first line of the first resume I wrote for churches I applied to when fresh out of Seminary in 1978 went like this: "The best quality I can give a congregation as is its pastor is to direct their eyes to Jesus Christ." Almost forty years later, as I am about to hang up my clerical collar, I still believe that statement is absolutely true.
This Sunday we will talk about our flaws and the grace of our Lord. Please join us after the 9AM service or before the 11:15 service in the Upper Room for our annual congregational meeting @10:10 AM. Your church has much to celebrate, but also much to prepare for, as the congregation moves into the next chapter without me. I will have some encouraging personal words to share with you at that gathering.
Now is the time when RPC needs everyone associated with it to show up and to step-up. May the Lord of grace give you courage, faith, and hope for the exciting days ahead.
Worship This Sunday
8:50 Prelude; 8:55 Announcements
10:15am Annual Congregational Meeting, Upper Room, CE Bldg.
Hard Sayings of Jesus Seeing In the Dark:
Do You Not Yet Understand?
Acts 22:6-16; Mark 8:11-21
- Jan. 29th Pastor Larry's final worship @ 10AM and Retirement Party following in the Upper Room
- Feb. 11th, 8 am Men’s Breakfast Club meets @ Emerald Heights
- Feb. 11th, 8:15am RPC serves @ Mary’s Place
- Feb. 14th, Redmond Food Box program, 7am – 7pm, Youth Room
- Feb. 14th, Session meets in room 26, CE Building
- Feb. 27th, RPC hosts Blood Drive
There will be a Retirement Reception held for Pastor Larry in the Upper Room, CE Building immediately following the 10AM Farewell Worship Service. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and finger foods are needed!