Pastor Tripp: September 26

Take note of this passage from a recent article published in Associated Baptist Press News. It seems appropriate to share given our present conversations about worship at FBCPA.

“Baptists are people who have consistently desired personal connection with God, and the nature of the contemplative life is very much that God may be encountered personally,” said Pastor Eric Howell, whose congregation describes itself as ‘a Baptist church in the contemplative tradition.’

Another consistency is the belief that God is actually present and active in the worship service, and in the lives hearts of the worshipers, in a way that is not ultimately dependent on what happens from the microphone. Contemplative worship affirms the congregation’s participation in worship at the deepest level.”

The article entitled, “Contemplative Worship Fits Baptist Faith” raises many interesting questions and offers encouragement to congregations which are exploring various ways of renewing worship practices. Some congregations are even practicing weekly communion! Surprising stuff!

We have met for three weeks now to discuss what worship means to us as individuals and a community of faith. We’ve talked about history and spirituality. Just this week we discussed how baptists like Brad Berglund, John Skoglund, and Molly Marshall (the present Dean and President of Central Baptist Theological Seminary) are using language like “sacrament” again. What does this mean for the present and future of worship in the Baptist tradition? What might it say to us at First and who we proclaim to be in the midst of the world? How might our worship bear witness to God?

Join us. We meet after worship on Sunday mornings at 11:30. All are encouraged to come. If you need child care, please contact the church office this week and I will make certain that it is available.

Peace and All Good Things,

Pastor Tripp