From Our Pastor

Incomplete Confession

Posted 22 February, 2018 by Pastor Keith Ritchie

As we worship Sunday we hear Jesus ask his disciples who they believe he is. Peter answers, "You are the Christ" (Mark 8:27-38.)  His confession is correct-but incomplete. We deal with this "incomplete confession" as we worship. Along with this word proclaimed at 11am, the Chancel Choir will sing, "If Thou Suffer God to Guide Thee." We remain blessed by and grateful for the leadership of Corky Corcoran and Beth Chapman, along with Jill Gardner at the organ.

In our time of worship, we also celebrate as we receive new members - Greg, Sarah, and Allen Crom - at the 8:45 service. I am grateful to share in ministry with the Croms and grateful for the new life God gives to his church. Finally, Ray Harm, our Finance Chair, will share a brief stewardship report. Remembering we have shared in many conversations regarding revenue, expenses, and budgets at the church for over a year, we believe this to be a good time to report how we at the church have responded to these financial matters. I am grateful for Ray's leadership and look forward to his report within this setting of worship.

I ask you to keep the youth of this church in prayer this week. They leave for the Eagle Eyrie Retreat Center in Lynchburg on Friday for a youth retreat. They will return Sunday afternoon. As Maegan Mitchell is on maternity leave, we are grateful to have Anne Moore and Paula Ritchie provide leadership for the youth this weekend. The youth attending the retreat from First UMC are: Abbie Laine, Allie Laine, Annie Laine, Campbell Ferguson, Casey Ferguson, and Callie Ferguson. These are wonderful youth whom we are called to remember and affirm.

I enjoyed the first of the Lenten lunches offered by local churches this past Tuesday. I encourage you to take part in upcoming lunches. The next one is this Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church. Lunch is served at noon with worship beginning at 12:30. We will host one of these lunches on March 20.

It is not too late to take part in a Lenten Small Group. The Women's Group will meet on Tuesday at noon in the Ministry Center; an evening group meets in the Fellowship Hall at 6:45. I also hope you are following the scriptural readings assigned to each during the season of Lent.

I believe a powerful and inspiring service in this season will be the Covenant Renewal Service in which we share on March 4th. In this holy season calling for discipline, repentance, sacrifice, the prayers and confession offered in this service will affirm and strengthen our journey with Christ. I encourage you to prepare for this service by following this link.