A common refrain I hear from new worshippers in our community is “I can’t believe how much Media Presbyterian does!” In fact, we have been known in the community as “the church that does stuff.” A majority of this ‘stuff’ however, goes unnoticed. As the pastoral resource for caring ministries, I’ll take this moment to highlight what just 1 week looks like in the life of the church: During the recent STAP (Second Time Around Parents) back to school drive, you donated 713 items for families in need, including 19 backpacks. Approximately 10 folks from our church and community got together to cook a meal, and then served close to 200 people at the Life Center in Upper Darby, PA. 50 people fro
Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Matthew 7:16-20 “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits.” The kids on Wednesday night are having a lot of fun. We are learning about the Fruit of the Spirit through fun activities
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 4:6-7
The significance and impact that rituals have on our daily lives is getting a lot of attention in our culture. We are starting to put into practice things that were second nature in ancient times but have faded in “modern” western culture. More then ever we should recapture the practice of rituals in this fast paced and overbooked culture.
The research on rituals has revealed that it supplies a sense of control. Control is som