What does it mean to be a steward? (reblog with updates)

Stewardship is one of the most misunderstood practices in Christian life.  The word stewardship is only second to evangelism when it comes to the amount of baggage attached to it.  Chris Goulard, Pastor of Stewardship at Saddleback Church in California, points out this reality about the term stewardship as follows:

“Over the years, many well-meaning churches have misused the term stewardship. “Many have mischaracterized it and used it interchangeably with giving or—even worse—the annual stewardship message from the pastor who’s just talked about tithing,” Continue reading

World Communion Sunday

World Communion 2013

I want to personally invite you to a special worship service on October 2nd at 11 am. We will celebrate the love God has shown us in our diversity. A highlight of our service will be a special musical offering in Korean by our neighbor church Light Global Mission Church. Everyone is encouraged to dress in clothes that are native to your country of origin. The service will be immediately followed by an international pot-luck. Bring a dish to pass that reflects your heritage.World Communion Sunday 2


Flat Jesus’ Excellent Adventure

Flat Jesus IconSummer is a time of unique opportunities to travel, do different things, and see different people.  This is a great blessing, but it often means our church family is a bit disjointed and does not see each other as regularly.  To help keep us connected, this summer Christ Presbyterian Church is going to have its very own excellent adventure featuring Flat Jesus! Continue reading

Unity in the Holy Spirit and the Pentecost experience


Each year as Pentecost rolls around on the church calendar I try to ensure that we do our best in worship to embrace the day.  The account of the coming of the Holy Spirit to the church is a powerful story about how the Spirit worked in the past as well as today.  In more docile traditions of Christianity, of which Presbyterians are part of, the Holy Spirit has not always been given the attention it deserves.

For many the Holy Spirit may even be something that they have a fear of.  One popular conception of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit is the “Holy Roller” on the ground, shaking with convulsions, having been seized by the Holy Spirit.  Even a peripheral experience of this type of experience can strike fear into the most firm of a believer.  Fear also comes from the fact that when we read Scripture, we  continually read of Holy Spirit experiences that cause trouble for the one interacting with the Spirit.  People who are in the midst of a Holy Spirit experience have their lives changed and often are given a new mission from God. Continue reading

Small Changes For A Positive World

Facebook postive Challenge

 This past week I posted the challenge to the right on Facebook.  Facebook is in many ways a window into our society.  People like to talk about themselves, complain about others or be otherwise negative. This is a direct expression of our sinful nature.  We, like  all those who lived before us, try to replace God with self. Continue reading

In Times of Tragedy I Like to Keep it Simple, “WWJD?”

Ripples in Water      Once again, a Tuesday morning finds me at my desk pondering the effects of a national tragedy. This is made even more challenging as it falls on the anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings. Regardless of the situation, it seems that each time evil makes its’ face known in the world we are drawn to questions of, “why and what now?” This is of course a natural reaction to the world around us being out of control. Yesterday’s bombing in Boston is another in a long string of man-made disasters. Like those before, yesterday’s events are a personal tragedy for those directly affected, yet the reach is far greater. Like the ripples in a pond, the effect of this event reaches out and shakes the psyche of a city, nation and world.
     In previous articles I have reflected on the why of events like this. Today, I want to draw us into a conversation about the “what now”? Following any event of this magnitude there is always a bump in action. We all become more aware of things around us. We might even become more patient with security check points and the TSA. Calls to tip lines light up with reports of strange activities by neighbors and friends. Continue reading

Join Christ Presbyterian Church of Holy Week and Easter

holyweek_6480cHoly Week and Easter at Christ Presbyterian Church

Thursday, March 28th, Maundy Thursday Service at 7:30 p.m.

Reflections on the nature of Christ as servant Lord and the institution of the Lord’s Supper.

Friday, March 29th, Good Friday Tenebrae Service at 7:30 p.m.

Join us as we reflect on what has transpired between Palm Sunday and Good Friday.  Through the use of symbolic candles, we will move from the light and hope of Palm Sunday and enter into the darkness of the crucifixion.  In particular, we will remember the suffering of Christ as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 

Saturday, March 30th, Children’s Easter Egg Hunt at 11:00 a.m. 

Join us for a fun time of crafts and an Easter egg hunt for children up to 3rd grade.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Registration required

so that we will have enough treats for all! 

Please RSVP to Sheila McLean at 703-488-9973; sheila.l.mclean@lmco.com

Sunday, March 31st, EASTER SUNDAY: 7:00, 8:30 & 11:00 Worship, 9:30 Brunch

7:00 a.m.    Sunrise service on the front steps

8:30 a.m.    Communion Service

9:30 a.m.    Easter Brunch served by the men of the church

              (There will not be Sunday School)

11:00 a.m. Traditional Easter worship with a special music offering:

                    “Praise the God of Resurrection, an Easter Cantata”

Everyone is invited to bring a flower to add to the resurrection cross on our front lawn. The flower doesn’t have to be fancy – it can be anything growing around your yard. Our resurrection cross is a beautiful way for our church to express its Easter Joy to the community.


A Joyful Approch to The Prodigal Son