ordination and installationSunday, January 22nd was an important day in the life of those ordained, those installed, FPC, the church universal, and the world.  Before the worship service, I had the privilege of hearing faith statements from our elders who are currently serving.  It was a sacred space to hear the beliefs and testimonies of the individuals who are leading this congregation.

Being a ruling elder in the PC(USA) church isn’t about “ruling over” others (Matt. 20:25); it’s about being called by God and chosen by the congregation to exhibit wisdom, maturity of faith,  skills in leadership, and a compassionate spirit.  Ruling elders, together with ministers of word and sacrament, exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and discipline.  They have responsibilities for the life of a congregation as well as for the whole church, including ecumenical relationships.  These servant leaders, with the Spirit, discern and work to strengthen and nurture the faith of the congregation, reconciliation, and vision.

Pray for the leaders of FPC.  Pray for our congregation.  Pray for all.

Pastor Jen