While it’s always my hope that your days are being kind to you, I recognize that this won’t always be the case. Each of us has our seasons of difficulty and challenge. Some of us have ongoing concerns that weigh heavily upon us. It seems to me in my own life that even during times of relative peace there’s always some thing that’s niggling at the periphery of my thoughts. That’s part of the human condition, I believe, as we live in a fallen world that’s yet beautiful because God made it and God dwells among us in it. We walk concurrently in joy, and in sorrow; in plenty, and in want; in peace, and in unrest; as we are restless for the goodness and perfection that God intended, and which we will ultimately enjoy when we are in God’s presence in eternity.
In the meantime, we seek to share that hope with others we encounter along the way. One particular area of opportunity we have at Hebron is to seek out and welcome into our fellowship young families from our community. While we have a vibrant youth group here at Hebron, we have much space in our children’s area on Sunday mornings – space that is waiting to be filled by the children whose parents (or grandparents, or aunts and uncles) haven’t yet learned of the love in Christ we have to offer. I am asking you today to specifically pray that God would lead us into relationship with the families God is preparing us to serve, and that we will have foresight and wisdom in discerning how to minister to young families in our community. Please pray this on behalf of our congregation, and for yourself, as a member of the Hebron family. I have great faith in what God is capable of doing, as we have our hearts open to the leading of God’s Spirit.
Thanks so much for your prayers, and for your continuing support of the ministry of Christ in this community and beyond. Just so you know, I’ll be reading ordination exams this coming week. This is part of my work on behalf of the larger Church, which ultimately serves you. Somewhere years ago, there were pastors and elders who read (graded) my ordination exams, and while I’ll never know who they were, I’m grateful for their service.
Elder Nancy Michael and I will also be attending a called meeting of the Presbytery of the James this week, for the purpose of hearing and examining four new candidates for ministry in our presbytery.
See you Sunday!
This Sunday, August 5th, promises to be quite a day! We’ll have a called session meeting before worship to receive a new member, who’ll be presented to you during worship. Also during worship, we’ll commission Elder Ronnie Nuckols for his trip to Niger with Frontier Fellowship. Ronnie is scheduled to leave for Niger this Sunday afternoon, so please do include him in your prayers. Then following worship, Grace will give a brief presentation on her work overseas earlier this summer. I hope you’ll stay for a bit after worship, enjoy some snacks, and support Grace by being present for her report to our congregation. This is also a communion Sunday, so we’ll be blessed in many ways by being together this Sunday.
The sermon text for this Sunday is Ephesians 2:11-22, as we continue our short series on this New Testament letter. Debbie Thompson will be our guest musician, as Markus Compton and his family finish up their summer vacation. Lori will be away this Sunday, co-leading a Kairos event at the women’s prison.
Summer Choir Sundays – August 19th & 26th, and Sept. 2nd, will be “Summer Choir” Sundays at Hebron Church. That means you can come and rehearse during the Sunday School hour (at 9:00 a.m.) and sing with the choir that day, even if you are not a regular choir member. We hope many of our “regulars” will be here to sing on those days, as well. Summer Choir is open to both youth and adults.
Mulch & Clean-up Day – It will soon be time for our Day School students and teachers to return to Hebron. With an eye toward the start-up of Day School, our deacons have set a “clean-up and mulch day” for Saturday, August 25th. Please pencil this on your calendar, and plan to help, if you can. Work will start at 9:00 a.m. and go until about noon.
Fall Sermon Series - Your pastor is planning a fall sermon series on prayers from the Bible, beginning on Sept. 9th. We'll be looking at some familiar prayers, and a few not so familiar to us.
Wednesday Night Special – Mark your calendar now for WNS, which starts back up on October 3rd. We’ll enjoy a weekly meal together through mid-November. Our study this fall will be taken from a book called Concentric Circles of Concerns by Oscar Thompson. The “concentric circles” concept helps us look at how we talk about our faith in the context of our personal relationships.
Heritage Concert, Friday, October 19th - As part of our 175th anniversary heritage celebration, there will be a concert on the Friday evening before our Heritage Sunday, featuring the Hebron Boys and other musical guests.
Heritage Sunday, October 21st – Hebron Presbyterian’s 175th “birthday” as a congregation will be celebrated with a special service of worship and a luncheon to follow. Our guest preacher will be the Rev. Walter Mann.