Where: Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church at 11:15am
“1 After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. 2 And Abram said, Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? 3 And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. 4 And, behold, the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. 5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.” (Genesis 15:1-5 KJV)
“22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. 23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. 24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. 27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. 28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? 32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. 33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.” (Matthew 14:22-33 KJV)
- Bicentennial Sunday
- came on time for a change;
- feeling relaxed though worried,
feeling the celebration atmosphere of 200 years of FAPC’s service,
while sleepy and with sinus pressure causing a light headache;
- It is said that people with disabled children find refuge in religion. As a Christian raised Catholic, I don’t understand or care for saints. I’ve always been more of a Protestant [in this issue]. I feel comfortable in this environment. I remain as a Catholic in label lately ’cause I don’t want to betray my [maternal] grandmother and what she taught me about religion and God. Nonetheless I’ve found refuge [with] these people.
- At about 11:55am, I’m practically falling asleep. I’m passing out.
- At some point in my life, I wondered about the right religion, the right church. The labels Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant (this temple) and others are mere roads to the same Lord Father, same Son and the same Holy Spirit.
- The on-going corruption in the Catholic Church has made me doubtful of this road where the pastors sometimes are crooked and can’t lead the flock of sheep.
New Members Class (#1 part #2):
- Approach to God: summon for prayer and praise (thanksgiving, God’s mercy, God’s forgiveness)
- Organ Prelude,
- Call to Worship,
- Call to Confession,
- Prayer of Confession,
- Assurance of Pardon,
- Sung Response,
- Passing of the Peace;
- Proclamation of the Word (including sermon)
- Prayer for Illumination,
- Old Testament Scripture Lesson,
- New Testament Scripture Lesson,
- Response to the Word
- Affirmation of Faith,
- Sung Response,
- Prayers of the People,
- The Lord’s Prayer,
“Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.”
— Praise God, From Whom all Blessings Flow, last verse from Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun by Bishop Thomas Ken, 1674
- Offertory Prayer,
- Sung Anthem,
- Presbyterians are writers of creeds and of confessions — proclamations of faith.
- Commonly used in the Catholic Church [as if only one in existence]
- The Nicene Creed,
- The Apostles’ Creed;
- The Theological Declaration of Barmen (1934)
” Jesus Christ, as he attested for us in Holy Scripture, is the one Word of God which we have to hear and which we have to trust and obey in life and in death.” (8.11-8.12) [underlined during class, full text]
- Written [by Karl Barth] while the Nazis were taking over the Christian Church in German [that began in 1932], which painted Hitler as a form of God — no other God,
- Proclamation rejecting Hitler and his doctrines, which were part of the German Christian Church where the Nazis were given priesthood;
- interpretation of the scripture (sermon) — base of service;
- The Sacraments– sacred signs and symbols that point beyond itself
- Lord’s Supper (Communion) — first Sunday of the month;
- The Sacraments are part of the Response of the Word (part 3 of the service).
- Infant Baptism
- sealing in redemption,
- affirmation of being children of God,
- marking us for service;
- What do you believe about the Lord, Christ and the Church?
Read this essay in a year and write another one (dated) [referred to as confession of faith].
- Our religious beliefs change through out our lives reflecting what’s going on in our lives and around us (society, history, etc).
- The Presbyterian Church comes from doctrines from Luther, Calvin and John Knox.
- 14:32 (after class)
- I perhaps see this as spiritual cleansing, but I still think too much about [sinning and being wicked].
- I don’t know how I managed to write little essays as comments during worship service.
- My ideas continue to be disorganized, but I guess you get the point.