AUGUST 2018

Services

Sunday— 9:30 AM Sunday School, 10:15 AM fellowship, 10:30 AM Worship Service

by: Keith Howell

07/31/2018

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BILL'S BLOG

Presbyterians are unique in that we ordain laypeople to the offices of elder and deacon. Other denominations have elders and deacons, but Presbyterians are unique in our approach to lay ministry. In the Book of Order of the PCUSA, elders and deacons answer the same Questions of ordination as do ministers. This is a stark reminder that the Presbyterian form of church government levels the playing field between clergy and laypeople. A minister differs only in function from an elder and deacon in our polity – not in ordained “status.” We are in fact ordained to the specific ministry of deacon, elder, or minister as all work together – clergy and laypeople –in nurturing the church in the work of ministry.

Ordination has as its root word the concept of “order.” Ordination is the act in which the church “orders” to ministry those called to be deacons, elders, and ministers. In ordination, the church sets apart specific individuals for specific functions within the church. Ordained Elders function in ministries of oversight and government. Ordained Deacons function in ministries of compassion and service. Ordained Ministers function in ministries of preaching, teaching, and administering the sacraments of the Lord’s Supper and baptism. Those serving in the ordered ministries of the church are held to high standards of discipline and conscience and those in ordered ministry can be disciplined by the session and presbytery for not fulfilling their vows of ministry.

Presbyterians believe that all members of the church are called by God to participate in all aspects of the church’s life and work. As our ordination service reminds the church, “this is our common calling [in baptism], to be disciples and servants of our servant Lord.” The presence of ordained members serving as elders, deacons, and ministers, in no way diminishes the role of church members in participating in the church’s mission.

The presence of the ordered ministries of elder, deacon, and minister exist, according to the words of the ordination service, to ensure that Christ’s “ministry continues among us, providing for ministries of caring and compassion in the world, ordering the governance of the church, and preaching the Word and administering the sacraments.”

Get to know the new class of elders and deacons that has just recently been ordained and installed at SGPC.

Grace and Peace, Pastor Bill


Click HERE for a downloadable PDF of August's San Gabriel's Trumpet

BILL'S BLOG

Presbyterians are unique in that we ordain laypeople to the offices of elder and deacon. Other denominations have elders and deacons, but Presbyterians are unique in our approach to lay ministry. In the Book of Order of the PCUSA, elders and deacons answer the same Questions of ordination as do ministers. This is a stark reminder that the Presbyterian form of church government levels the playing field between clergy and laypeople. A minister differs only in function from an elder and deacon in our polity – not in ordained “status.” We are in fact ordained to the specific ministry of deacon, elder, or minister as all work together – clergy and laypeople –in nurturing the church in the work of ministry.

Ordination has as its root word the concept of “order.” Ordination is the act in which the church “orders” to ministry those called to be deacons, elders, and ministers. In ordination, the church sets apart specific individuals for specific functions within the church. Ordained Elders function in ministries of oversight and government. Ordained Deacons function in ministries of compassion and service. Ordained Ministers function in ministries of preaching, teaching, and administering the sacraments of the Lord’s Supper and baptism. Those serving in the ordered ministries of the church are held to high standards of discipline and conscience and those in ordered ministry can be disciplined by the session and presbytery for not fulfilling their vows of ministry.

Presbyterians believe that all members of the church are called by God to participate in all aspects of the church’s life and work. As our ordination service reminds the church, “this is our common calling [in baptism], to be disciples and servants of our servant Lord.” The presence of ordained members serving as elders, deacons, and ministers, in no way diminishes the role of church members in participating in the church’s mission.

The presence of the ordered ministries of elder, deacon, and minister exist, according to the words of the ordination service, to ensure that Christ’s “ministry continues among us, providing for ministries of caring and compassion in the world, ordering the governance of the church, and preaching the Word and administering the sacraments.”

Get to know the new class of elders and deacons that has just recently been ordained and installed at SGPC.

Grace and Peace, Pastor Bill


Click HERE for a downloadable PDF of August's San Gabriel's Trumpet

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