January 28, 2016

Worship this Sunday will be richly different! There will be preaching and liturgy as usual, but—since the Annual Meeting will follow the service—the Elders will serve as liturgists, each one introducing a part of the service that corresponds (at least somewhat) to the ministry they lead. It gives us a chance to highlight the ministries and who is leading what. Thus Buildings and Grounds chair Craig Woolsey will call for the offering and Stewardship chair Cherry Pelt will offer the prayer of dedication, etc. Some ministries fit with parts of the service better than others, but you get the idea. We did this effectively last year—though a heat failure in the sanctuary meant worshiping on folding chairs in Fellowship Hall. I am looking forward to experiencing this special Annual Meeting service in the sanctuary.

We’ll also be celebrating the baptism of five-month-old Henry Davis Stewart, son of Nolan and Brittany Stewart. What better thing to do as we gather for church business than to conduct a baptism—the primary business of the church! The scripture lessons also focus on the church and its leaders, so the Holy Spirit seems to be ahead of us and leading the way, as usual.

As far as the meeting is concerned, the two items of official business are 1) electing three people to serve as Members-at-Large on the Nominating Committee and 2) voting on changes in the terms of the pastor’s call. The only change this year is a cost of living raise. The full terms of my salary package will be printed in the bulletin. We’ll also hear about the results of the 2016 Stewardship campaign, which are very exciting.

Scripture Readings: Jeremiah 1:4-10, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, Luke 4:21-30

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