Returning…

This past week I have been reflecting on what sabbatical meant for me and what returning to the congregation has been like.  Today, I thought I would share a few thoughts on both of these topics.

First and foremost it is great to be back with Christ Presbyterian Church.  To say I missed the church would be an understatement.  In the beginning stages of my time away there was a sense of relief.  For the first time in forever, I was free from the “daily demands” of ministry.  Shutting down email and realizing that the next four months of congregational ministry weren’t something I should or really could worry about was freeing.  Yet, in the end, especially the last few weeks, I was left with a yearning.  The cliché, “absence makes the heart grow fonder” really is true.  I found myself ready to come back to the congregation I love and the people who comprise it.

That’s not to say that there wasn’t a bit of anxiety about my return.  After all, I really had no idea what was happening in the life of Christ Presbyterian Church.  That is a very strange place to be.  Even when I arrived as a newly called pastor, I felt like I knew more.  Thankfully, I also knew that we have great leadership at Christ Presbyterian Church and the work we have done to build a strong spiritual community.  I knew that God’s Spirit would be present in the congregation and all would be well. Continue reading

February 4, 2018 11 AM Worship

February 4, 2018 11:00 AM Worship at Christ Presbyterian Church Fairfax, Virginia
 

2-4-2018 11AM Worship at Christ Presbyterian Church

Posted by Geoff McLean on Sunday, February 4, 2018

January 28, 2018 11 AM Worship

January 28, 2018 11:00 AM Worship at Christ Presbyterian Church, Fairfax, VA

 

Sunday Service 01/28/18

Posted by Geoff McLean on Sunday, January 28, 2018

January 21, 2018 11 AM Worship

January 21, 2018 11:00 AM Worship at Christ Presbyterian Church, Fairfax VA.

 

Live from Mevo

Posted by Geoff McLean on Sunday, January 21, 2018

January 14, 2018 11 AM Worship

Sunday Morning Worship at Christ Presbyterian Church.

 

 

1/14/18 11AM WORSHIP

Posted by Geoff McLean on Sunday, January 14, 2018

 

John 1:43-51                                                                                                   

The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, ‘Follow me.’ Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.’ Nathanael said to him, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.’ When Jesus saw Nathanael coming towards him, he said of him, ‘Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!’ Nathanael asked him, ‘Where did you come to know me?’ Jesus answered, ‘I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.’ Nathanael replied, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!’ Jesus answered, ‘Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.’ And he said to him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.’

December 31, 2017 – 11:00 AM Worship Service

December 31, 2017 11:00 AM Worship Service.

 

11 AM Worship… New Years Eve 2017

Posted by Geoff McLean on Sunday, December 31, 2017

Candlelight Christmas Eve Service 2017

Candlelight Christmas Eve Service 2017

 

Posted by Geoff McLean on Sunday, December 24, 2017

Family Christmas Eve Service 2017

Family Christmas Eve Service 2017

 

Family Christmas Eve

Posted by Geoff McLean on Sunday, December 24, 2017

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