January 10th, 2018

Mid Week Musing

Patterns are good things. They simplify life, providing templates for repeated tasks. They can also lead to traditions. When my kids were little, my daughter wanted every Christmas morning to unfold in the same way, which we learned the year we did not haul out a folding screen we used to block the view of the stockings from the hallway. “Where’s the screen?!” she asked that morning, and insisted we put it in place, despite being old enough not to peek.

For several years now the BPC Annual Meeting has followed the same pattern. The elders serve as liturgists, each one leading the portion of the service that matches (at least somewhat) their ministry. We’ll worship that way again on January 28th, and hold the meeting after the service. The 2018 budget will be presented, my terms of call will be voted on along with candidates for some open slots on the Session, and the new Nominating Committee will be elected.

Our democratic traditions are a central part of who we Presbyterians are before God. If you are raising children, be sure to talk to them about the Annual Meeting before that Sunday, and help them understand why we function as we do. Christ is the one and only head of the church. The pastor is a teacher and a helper, not a boss. Members are elected to take turns doing jobs that need to be done for three years at a time. Together we rely on Christ’s Spirit to guide us, as we care for each other and our neighbors and partner with God in the world.

Peace, Catherine

Scripture Readings: 1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20); Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51.