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Reflections From the Pastor PDF Print E-mail



Many churches follow designated selections of texts for each Sunday. These designated selections are referred to as the Lectionary. The current, Revised Common Lectionary, developed in the early 1980’s, prescribes an Old Testament lesson, a Psalm, and New Testament reading outside the Gospels, and then a Gospel lesson for each Sunday. Over a three-year period, the church walks through the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, with periodic selections from the Gospel of John. The Old Testament, Psalm, and New Testament readings tend to be chosen to support the chosen Gospel text.
I have enjoyed preaching from the lectionary over the years for it has forced me to preach on texts from which I would normally shy away. Yet, there is so much within scripture that is overlooked with this method. In addition, we seem to jump around in the scriptural story depending on the time of year. For instance, we celebrate his birth, and then two weeks later we are there at the Jordan when he is baptized, and in the year of Matthew we then jump back to the appearance of the Magi at the manger. It is hard, especially for those new to the faith to follow the story logically. In addition, most preachers find themselves focusing on the Gospel lessons and rarely touch on the Old Testament message. This results in our lack of understanding of how the Old Testament—the early years of our history—feeds and illuminates the life and ministry of Jesus as well as the growth of the early church.
In recent years, some scholars of preaching and worship have created a new lectionary system called “The Narrative Lectionary.” This new paradigm, presents the whole story of God throughout the church year. Beginning in the fall, the scripture texts focus on the stories of Creation, Abraham, the Exodus, David’s kingdom, the exile, and the birth of the messianic hope. This takes the church up to Christmas. Then from Christmas through Pentecost, the focus will be on one of the Gospels taking the church from the birth of Jesus to the birth of the Church. This logical progression enables the story to speak for itself and enlightens us to the flow of God’s work in creation, history, and our lives. Then during the summer, there are focuses on the Epistles, or catechetic instruction on the Ten Commandments or the sacraments, or the Psalms, etc.
I have become intrigued with this new approach. I have discussed it with the Worship and Music Committee and they are interested as well. Therefore, beginning this September 11, we will spend the Fall and Spring in the third year of the Narrative Lectionary. I hope this will be edifying for all of us as we seek to worship and grow in our faith.
Pastor Kevin
Summer Mission Trip PDF Print E-mail
Travel to Guatemala
Once you visit, your life and faith will not be the same
Join the mission trip to Guatemala July 23-30, which is jointly sponsored by the Presbytery of the James and the Presbytery of the Peaks. Grow in your experience of how God is at work through the unique ministry of our Presbyterian mission partner CEDEPCA (Center for Pastoral Education).
• Participate in Biblical classes in the rural areas of new outreach
• Bring hope and affirmation to those seeking to follow Christ
• Meet and encourage child laborers who are fed through our Hunger Offering
• Learn about immigration from a Guatemalan perspective
• Discover the culture, history, and economic context of Guatemala, as you enjoy the exquisite beauty of Guatemala and Mayan culture
• Learn and grow in your faith as you make new friends in a shared witness
Estimated cost $1,700 (all inclusive)
Contact Mary Jane Winter, Moderator, World Mission Purpose Group
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Alliance for Interfaith Ministries PDF Print E-mail

Vacation Bible School 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Worship and Music News Update PDF Print E-mail
Celebrating 20 Years - The History of the South Plains Praise Team
In May 1996, Ruthanna Foard’s adult Sunday School class was studying Blackaby’s Experiencing God. We were presented with the situation of a neighbor of Grace Hampton, one of the class members, being admitted to the assisted living facility known as Winterhaven in Pantops. The neighbor, Nellie, had no family except for some 4th cousins in the Midwest. She was in her late 90s, and social services had determined that she could no longer safely live alone on her farm. We determined to act as her family by visiting her weekly with devotions and singing. Experiencing God had just reached the part where we were asked to respond to “Go into all the world and preach the good news to ALL people.” Previous chapters had challenged us to act on our recognizing needs in others. Thus was born the Friday AM Praise Team from South Plains PC.
Marion and John Thompson were familiar with the staff at Winterhaven, having been frequent visitors to Marion’s sister, Rebecca, who was a resident there for a while before moving to another facility. They helped us set the routine with the administration so that we could hold group devotionals for any who cared to attend.
Ruthanna brought her keyboard, and Marion created songbooks (in LARGE PRINT). We received permission from session to act on behalf of SPPC, and launched our regular Friday morning congregation. When a second side was opened, the visiting group split in two, Ruthanna leading one side and Marion leading the other. Marion played her own keyboard, and we shared song leader/devotion leader. Grace Hampton, Charlotte Durham, Annette Behnke, Joanne Addotta, Mitt Clabaugh, and Anna Koontz were some of the original members of the group. We tried adding Riverside Assisted Living Facility for a couple of years, but they could not accommodate us after a while. Winterhaven changed hands and name a few years ago. It is now called Heritage Inn. The members of SPPC’s Praise Team share God’s love with anyone who wishes to attend our gatherings, making sure we visit those who feel a little under the weather and stay in their rooms. We try to keep God’s presence apparent to widows, orphans, the needy, the forgotten, the weak and the sick.
New members are always welcome to join us, His loving presence is always here. We are still experiencing God.
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Presbyterian Women News


We enjoyed our first combined morning and evening group potluck and study at the home of Lonne Clapp to finish out our 2015-16 program year. Now we set our sights on September and our upcoming Horizons study, “Who is Jesus: What a Difference a Lens Makes.” Study author Rev. Judy Siker will lead us on a journey looking at Jesus through the eyes of the writers of the four New Testament Gospels. She then looks at Jesus through Paul’s writing, biblical literature not included in the canonization of the New Testament, and other faith communities.
This should be an interesting study, and we welcome new members to join us as we learn more about God’s plan for our lives and share our faith journeys.
If you would like a study book ordered for you, please contact Kellee Eastwood or Barbara Shaffer. We will continue in September with our 2nd Monday of the month daytime study beginning at 9:30am in Kirk Hall and evening study at 7pm, meeting in PW member homes.
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Feedback, please! The Family Bible School 2016 planning committee would like your opinion. How could FBS improve? What did you like about FBS? What theologies, missions, or social issues would you like discussed? Even if you did not attend FBS 2016, your opinion is welcome. Would you like to join the Steering Committee for FBS 2017? Please send all correspondence to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or place in Tammy Bowers’ church mailbox.
After two long years of engineering and approval process, we are excited and blessed to announce that Fluvanna County Habitat for Humanity has broken ground at the new 27 lot subdivision “Houchens Place” The new subdivision is located on South Boston Road near Lake Christian Church. We are looking forward to all the opportunities that this will present to Fluvanna Habitat!
Thank you all for your continued support of Habitat!
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