From Pastor Jo

 

We live in covenant with one another…

 

On October 7, 2018, we will celebrate World Communion Sunday, a day when we come to the Lord’s Table in unity with Christians in different cultures around the world, to celebrate and give thanks for our oneness in the Body of Christ. It is an opportunity to affirm that while the cultures in which we live may differ, through the unity of the Body of Christ, we live in covenant with each other.

 

In the United Church of Christ, the concept of living together in covenant relationship is not only highly prized, but in fact, defines how we relate to each other in all expressions of our denomination – the Local Church – Association – Conference – and National setting. Paraphrasing the Constitution and Bylaws of the United Church of Christ: As members of the Body of Christ, each expression of the church is called to honor and respect the work and ministry of each other part, as it listens, hears, and carefully considers the advice, counsel, and requests of others. In this covenant, the various expressions of the United Church of Christ seek to walk together in all God’s ways.

 

Unlike denominations whose structures are more hierarchical, we, in the United Church of Christ, are privileged to be able to actively participate in the decision-making process in all settings of our denomination. To that end, opportunities to gather, share information, and discuss issues facing our churches are provided in our local churches, in association meetings, and in meetings of the whole conference.

 

On October 7th, immediately following our worship service celebrating World Communion Sunday, we will have a wonderful, and extremely important, covenantal opportunity to gather for our final Round Table Discussion to share ideas and decide how we would like to move forward as St. John’s United Church of Christ. Your thoughts, ideas, and dreams are invaluable to this process!

 

I look forward to continuing this journey with you and encourage everyone to participate fully and honestly so that everyone is heard, and we remain true to the covenant among us, and more importantly, with God.

 

Blessings and Peace,

 

Pastor Jo

 

 

 

 

 

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