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Friday, September 8th, 2017

Unity, Reconciliation and Justice- September Worship Series

Over the next three weeks, starting this Sunday, September 10, we will explore the themes found in the Belhar Confession of unity, reconciliation and justice.

In the summer of 2016, the Belhar Confession was added to our church’s confessional standards.  The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) now claims 12 creeds and confessions in our Book of Confessions that span across time and place allowing Reformed Christians to state what they believe and then to live out that belief as the body of faith.

The Book of Confessions include; (1) The Nicene Creed, (2) The Apostles Creed, (3) The Scots Confession, (4) The Heidelberg Catechism, (5) The Second Helvetic Confession, (6) The Westminster Confession of Faith, (7) The Shorter Catechism, (8) The Larger Catechism, (9) The Theological Declaration of Barmen, (10) The Confession of 1967, (11) A Brief Statement of Faith- PC (USA) and (12) The Belhar Confession.

The Belhar Confession was written in 1982 in South Africa and adopted by the Dutch Reformed Mission Church in 1986.  In the context of apartheid in South Africa, this confession spoke strongly of the theological roots of Christians being one in Christ and the church’s call to be a living demonstration of God’s intention for all humanity.  

In addition to the worship series over the next three weeks, daily devotions starting this Sunday, September 10 will be sent to those who subscribe to the Westminster email list.  The devotions will correspond to the themes of unity the first week, reconciliation the second week and justice the final week from the devotional book, Reflections on the Confession of Belhar written by various authors and edited by Kerri N. Allen and Donald K. McKim.

There are copies of the Belhar Confession in the Narthex of the Chapel and the Sanctuary. You can also read this new confession by clicking here… The Belhar Confession.

In times of much unrest in our country, these themes of unity, reconciliation and justice are needed to help us cast a Christ like vision of who our Lord is calling us to be as the church.  I look forward to joining with you in this journey as we proclaim our belief that…

We believe in the triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who gathers, protects and cares for the church, through Word and Spirit.  This, God has done since the beginning of the world and will do to the end.” (First words in The Belhar Confession)

Grace and Peace,
Pastor April

 

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