Celebrate What God Has Done

    This week we will hold our annual Celebration Sunday, with joyful worship and fellowship.  I believe that this particular Sunday embodies a very important part of Church culture that we sometimes overlook.  Celebration is a valuable Spiritual practice that we sometimes fail to engage in. 

    At times, I think we are hesitant to do any celebrating because we are accustomed to the worldly practice that it is often self-righteous or boastful.  In the Christian mindset celebration is a completely different thing.  Celebration is about recognizing blessings in our lives and thanking God. Continue reading

Stewardship for the Common Good

Last night the Session, which is the governing body of Christ Presbyterian Church, met for its stated monthly meeting. I remember times in my ministry that I used to dread going to session meetings. Even when I was an Elder in my home church, going to session meetings seemed more like a punishment rather than a blessing. I have been through session meetings that seemed more like struggling business meetings than a church council. I have to admit that last night I wasn’t feeling up to a session meeting. The cold, or whatever I have, sucked any energy for such a meeting out of me. Nevertheless, I wasn’t going to postpone the meeting. I know that people’s schedules are such that I need to do my best to honor their time. So I loaded up on medicine and tissues and went off to session. Continue reading