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Pastor’s Ponderings

Now that summer vacation days are completed, schools are back in session, our choir is rested and ready, and the privilege and gift from God to worship, serve, evangelize, and fellowship together in this new 2017-2018 year is before us, on Sunday, 10 September Faith Presbyterian Church of San Diego is celebrating and inviting friends and neighbors to join us with a RALLY DAY!


We proclaim top and centered each week in the worship bulletin that we are “A family of Christ, welcoming all, worshiping God, growing in the Spirit and joyously serving others.”  On Rally Day we will be called to renew our awareness of and commitment to our Lord and one another.


We will be reminded of who we are and Whose we are.  As the Apostle Paul taught in 1 Cor 12, we are connected to one another in relationships, gifting and mission:    12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. 14 Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear would say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose….Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 


We will have ministry leaders ready to share more with you about the many ways the Lord is known, served and glorified, inviting you to prayerfully consider and sense the nudge of the Spirit toward your vital participation this next year.


Our ministries are many and diverse, but are incomplete without the full participation of all of our gifted and loved members!  These ministry areas include college outreach, congregational life, faith development & nurture, finance, memorial, mission, nominating, personnel, property, facilities, information technology, stewardship, worship & arts, communion, community service, flowers, home worship, labor of love, memorial service, prayer chain, prayer quilt, prison, and visitation.


I was inspired during VBS by an enthusiastic little 4 year old boy named Elijah, a natural born leader and motivator.  During the opening session in the sanctuary each morning, as Emilia was giving the “go” signal to Janet controlling the sound in the balcony, Elijah would pop up from his front pew seat among his fellow 4 year olds, clap his hands and  look up toward Janet and speak out with excitement toward her and whoever was around him to hear, “O.K., we’re ready now…ready for the music and to sing…c’mon guys, let’s go!”


God kindled my passion afresh for participation and service in the Body of Christ through this precious little disciple of the Lord!  No matter our age or stage in life, we are ever called to committed participation in our walk of faith.


As we RALLY into this year by God’s grace and mercy, let us inspire and encourage one another in a core trait of love:  Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.  1 Cor 13


Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?  Isa. 43:18-19


                                                                                                Faithfully, Yours in Christ,

                                                                                                Pastor Gary


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