Sunday was a full day here at FBCPA. Not only did we honor Christ’s ascension in worship, we also shared refreshments in the Entryway, and gained a new perspective on “The Parable of Talents” in Adult Spiritual Formation. Then, in the afternoon, we celebrated the life of Marilyn Hunwick in a lovely and meaningful service featuring the Hunwick’s granddaughter, Chloe, singing, Anthia Lee Halfmann on piano, and, of course, Jan Gunderson on the organ. Thanks to Dona Smith-Powers, Betsy Anderson, and Chip Clark for their assistance as well. After the service we were treated to a lovely reception, provided by Beth Hunwick and the family as well as church members. It was a long day (I got home about 6:15) and a rich one. I couldn’t help but think that Marilyn would have been pleased.
This Sunday is Pentecost, so everyone is encouraged to wear red (or orange or yellow) as your own personal “tongue of flame.” The texts for the day focus on the ways in which the Holy Spirit, represents all the wonderful life-giving gifts of God to God’s people. We control neither the Giver nor the gifts, but we can always express our gratitude and make the most of that with which we have been blessed. Come to celebrate the “birthday of the church.” Stay for the first Patio Hour of the season and join in the Lunch Bunch as we enjoy Indian cuisine. Bring along someone with whom to share the events of the day.
Remember, our theme for this year is “All Are Welcome in this Place.” Let’s make certain that it is so.
Well, last Sunday was a challenging day. In a small community like ours, missing a couple of key people can way lay the best made plans. And still we managed to worship and share, to sing and pray, listen and learn, which are the really important things. Thanks to everyone for pulling together at the last minute. It was also challenging to say good-bye to our friends Soo Kim and Doug Lee as they return to Korea. Doug, Soo, and Hegene have become beloved members of our “family” over the past five years and we will miss them very much. We promise to hold a place for them and they promised to come back to visit.
This Sunday is known as Ascension Sunday in liturgical tradition. On the Sunday before Pentecost, we remember that the Christ ascended into heaven as recorded in Acts or returned to God as he predicted in John’s gospel. After the Ascension, when Christ was no longer plainly visible to his followers, the Holy Spirit descended on them, imbuing them with great power to carry on Christ’s mission in the world. In the Ascension story in Acts 1, the angels ask the dazed disciples why they’re standing there looking into heaven when there is work to be done on earth. This is a fair question to ask every follower who may be more focused on what is to come than what is needed now to usher in God’s Beloved Community.
In Adult Spiritual Formation, we will wrap up our study of the Parables with a look at “The Parable of the Talents.” Please join us for worship, education, and community time and bring someone along to share the day. At 2:00 PM, we will hold a memorial service for our beloved Marilyn Hunwick, which will be followed by a reception hosted by the family. If church members are wanting to help with the reception, please contact the church office.
Remember, our theme for this year is “All Are Welcome in this Place.”
Let’s make certain that it is so.
This week we will focus on the notion of standing firm. In Psalm 31, God is pictured as the rock of our refuge. In John 14, Jesus promises those a believe a new home in God. In Acts 7, Steven sees a heavenly vision of what life can be like even as he is being stoned to death. In First Peter 2, the writer says, of Christ, “Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” The writer goes on to proclaim that Christ followers are a “chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people,” but “in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” To be embraced by God is not only a great promise of security and well-being it is call to carry the light of God to the ends of the earth, n out words and in out living witness.
Come Sunday at 10 AM, to share in worship, education, and community. In Adult Spiritual Formation, we will continue our study of the parables with a look at the Parable of the Talents. Invite family, friends, colleagues, strangers – anyone and everyone – to join in this joyous time.
Our theme for this year is “All Are Welcome in this Place.” Let’s make certain that it is so.
PS There is a new sign up sheet for Hospitality in the coming weeks, including this coming Sunday. Please sign up or let me or the office know if you can help out.