For the past two weeks, the lectionary Scripture passages for worship have focused on forgiveness. Jesus insists that forgiveness is a required — not optional — spiritual practice. Jesus lived in a constant state of forgiveness, and challenged his followers to do the same. Of course, that is easier said than done. In my sermon last week I referred to the Buddhist teacher and writer, Jack Kornfield, who beautifully outlines the Buddha’s 12 principles of forgiveness. With practice and patience, these principles can inspire us to live in Christ’s forgiving presence.
Deliberately Diverse & Fully Inclusive
We seek to be a deliberately diverse community of faith – our strength grows in proportion to the diversity of the voices in our midst. Our congregation is made up of a variety of people from a variety of backgrounds and socio-economic status; we are rich, poor, homeless, housed, black, white, gay and straight, and we gather together to live into our call to be the Body of Christ.
Sometimes during devastating natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey, those of us who live close, but not close enough, desperately want to do something but not sure what. CPC member Cristen English blogged about When a Community Needs Help, 5 tips to consider in a time of crisis.
Having lived through two major floods when I was in Bandera County, the two agencies I found to be most supportive were The American Red Cross and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Both of these agencies were on site, ready to assist, and both were tremendously helpful.
At the Congregational Meeting on July 23, Rev. Katheryn Barlow-Williams was elected to be the new Pastor at Central Presbyterian Church. She will begin working here on September 6, and will begin leading worship on September 10.
The Rev. Katheryn Barlow-Williams is a native Texan who moved to New Jersey to attend Princeton Theological Seminary. When she packed her car to travel across the country, Katheryn had every intention of returning home after graduation. God had other plans. She served two churches in New Jersey and one in Pennsylvania before finally moving back to Texas to accept a call at Oak Hills Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, where she has been the pastor for the past 12 years. Through service, preaching, and writing, Katheryn strives to connect the power of the Gospel to daily life. She has devoted her ministry to building bridges across cultures and generations, helping people discover the unifying force of Christ’s love.