Dear First Church folk,
Maintenance work to our church building is very obvious at the moment. As I look around, the sight of scaffolding, fences, coverings, and “keep out” tapes remind us that the upkeep of our heritage building is not only required, but important. Earthquake strengthening is happening around us to ensure the health and safety of our people. Therefore, I do ask for your patience and cooperation if such work affects our worship and usual activities in and around the church.
But the building up of the church as people is also vital. At our last Session meeting, we discussed the review of the Session structure in terms of subcommittees. Some years back this idea was proposed but apparently went by the way. Subcommittees like pastoral care, Christian education, or worship (and others) had apparently been active in the past, but whose tasks have largely landed upon the minister. Revisiting the idea of these subcommittees opened up discussion about what our core functions of ministry are. It also raised the challenge of who will do these functions.
Our ministry/service is our worship to God. The liturgy we use in our worship service is important. The word “liturgy” itself comes from the Greek word “leitourgia” which means the work of the people. It is a collective effort. We not only demonstrate this during one hour on Sunday, but can include other times when opportunities are presented to exercise our gifts or talents. Some people are already offering a tremendous amount of their time and energy and we are truly grateful for this. Yet, there is always the hope that others will help to share the service. Extra hands can make lighter work and thereby save folk from burnout while energizing others at the same time. Moreover, the cooperative determination across our various cultural groups in First Church to do these tasks can further demonstrate our unity as we do in our worship services. Read the rest of this entry »
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