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It’s So Pretty Here!

October 24, 2018

Evidence: this week’s midweek video!

Dear Peace Family,

August has arrived. At Peace Presbyterian Church, August is a symbol of our heritage as a church, the month we celebrate our Homecoming. This month, we are looking back at more than seven decades of rich history as a body…and looking ahead at our future as we enter a new season of seeking God’s guidance as we consider how our resources might impact our neighborhood or community for the Kingdom of God.

This month, we will turn to scripture’s songbook and explore the diverse prayer offerings of the book of Psalms. Each Sunday, we will examine a different Psalm and consider how these ancient words meet us in our modern world. We will interact with these pieces of music and prayer, and learn what it meant for the Psalmists, and for us, to pray prayers of praise, confession, lament, and intercession.

August 5: A Hymn of Praise (Psalm 136)
On Homecoming Sunday, there’s so much to celebrate and many reasons for joy.As we thank God for the history and fellowship represented in our church body, we’ll turn to Psalm 136, a hymn about God’s enduring, steadfast love. We’ll look closely at the One worthy of our praise, how we offer these praises, and why praising God is an important prayer discipline.

August 12: A Prayer of Confession (Psalm 51)
Each Sunday, toward the beginning of our service, we pray a prayer of confession, an important part of liturgy for people who live lives that often lack any resemblance to God’s holiness. King David also came to a place in his life when he was called to confession and met God with honest words about sin and guilt, and his words give us a model for our own prayers. On this Sunday, we’ll examine this prayer and look at the words we use to confess our own sins to God.

August 19: An Honest Lament (Psalm 55)
We don’t always feel like praising God. Sometimes, it seems like God has forgotten us and left us on our own to deal with grief, sorrow, betrayal, and the violence raging around us. In those moments, we need words of lament, and we may take comfort in knowing that our scripture does not exclude the honest, raw prayers of people crying out from dark places. On this Sunday, we’ll make space for sorrow and sadness, and look at how we approach God in these seasons.

August 26: A Prayer for God’s Action (Psalm 141)
Often when we think of prayer, we are thinking about intercessory prayer, the prayers that request God’s healing, direction, and action in our lives and the lives of our loved ones. This Psalm guides us in praying for ourselves and others, and teaches us about a God who hears us and calls us to righteous living, by his grace. We’ll think about how it is we pray, and how we form our intercessory prayers as a congregation and as individuals.

I look forward to an opportunity in preaching from Psalms and considering the many ways we have to pray and seek God. May God continue to inspire us through the depth and width of scripture!

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Becky

Installation

July 9, 2018

Here are the two parts of the video of my installation (I do not know why it recorded in two parts. The Mevo has never done that before.)

 

 

And some photos

The Last Night

June 25, 2018

It’s ten minutes after midnight. I am tired enough to be asleep, but instead, I sit at the table, still in our house in Henderson, surrounded by boxes, packed and sealed and ready to travel tomorrow.

For the last two weeks and then some, Jason and I have been the recipients of many well wishes, words of kindness and encouragement, goodbye parties, “last” meals, surprise visits, a specially themed Toastmasters meeting, warm hugs, incredibly thoughtful gifts, written notes, and so much goodness and love. My instinct has sometimes been to stop the outpouring, to say, “We don’t have to do this now” or “this is too much to take in.” Instead, I’ve tried to let those words wash over me, to hear every one, to receive every kindness and gift and hang onto them for the days ahead…and to say the words I need to say, too. Mostly, all I can manage is “I love you.” If I say all the words I want to say, I dissolve into a puddle of messy, ugly tears and can’t finish saying anything. Some of you know–you’ve seen it firsthand.

I know two things.

Our lives are filled with the very best people and we love each of you so much. Both Jason and I are better for being known and loved by you.

That we will continue to “hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, because God, who promised, is faithful.” (Hebrew 10:23)

We mean it about the guest room. I have a whole google calendar now devoted to scheduling your visits.

I also mean it about the beach. If you vacation on the coastal Carolina beaches and don’t call us to come visit you there, I’ll unfriend you*.

*I’m kidding. Probably.

Ordination Photos

June 21, 2018

Willie Ann couldn’t come to the service, so I stopped to see her on my way home.

To see the full album on Facebook, click here!

Ordination

June 20, 2018


Approximate time markers:

5:30–Welcome

18:00–Choir Anthem

24:00–the Children’s Sermon

31:00–Eric’s Sermon

58:30–Reaffirmation of Baptism, Ordination vows

1:07:30–Laying on of hands and prayer

1:11:40–Jason gets a gift for “ministry”

1:13:00–Renee gives the Charge to the new pastor

1:25:00–Charge and Benediction

 

Playing along from home this Ordination weekend?

Here’s the worship script and the bulletin:

Ordination Service Script

Ordination Service Bulletin

My friend, Sophia, is planning to go live on Facebook (using my profile) with a video feed of the service, and if that does not work, it will be recorded.

The picture included in this post was from a photo shoot this past week. I won’t actually have ownership of that robe and stole (gifts from the Presbyterian Church of Henderson and the Presbyterian Women of Henderson) until Sunday.

I wanted to include the hymns in video form, but it was tricky to find a version of the first and the last that I wanted to use. But God can speak to us through all types of mediums.

 

 

 

Or

“How to Break into the Youth Director’s Office When the Keys are Missing”

This is the last sermon I preached as a commissioned ruling elder, a youth director, and a non-Minister of Word and Sacrament.

Psalm 9:1-2

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
    I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and exult in you;
    I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.


 

(Recorded at Presbyterian Church of Henderson, June 10, 2018 at the 10:30am worship service.)

Graduation

May 23, 2018

May 19, 2018, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary


Newsletter

April 30, 2018

I had the honor of writing the pastor’s letter on the front page of our church newsletter for May, in order that I might share the news about my new call and reflect on God’s leadership for all of us.

Dearly Beloved Church Family,

When I was a young Presbyterian in the children’s choir at the First Presbyterian Church in Merrillville, IN, I memorized Proverbs 3:5-6.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge God and God will direct your path.

This scripture has been more than relevant in my journey with Christ and my preparation for and practice of ministry.

In the middle of April, I accepted a call to be the pastor of Peace Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, NC. I will start my time as their pastor on July 1.

As I stand at the end of eighteen years of ministry as your Youth Director, I give all glory to God, who has provided a path for us to walk together, and who will continue to provide a path for us all as we celebrate our ministry partnership and set out on new and separate paths next month. Nothing that has happened in our 18 years together has been because of any of us alone, but all things have been made possible because of God’s leadership and the gifts of God provided for us. God will continue to lead us–me in my new ministry in Fayetteville, and the Henderson church as you search for a new Youth Director and seek to discern God’s calling and vision for you as a church.

Please know how grateful I am for all of you and for the path we have journeyed together. There is much to celebrate and thank God for, and I look forward to doing just that over the course of the next two months. Let us seek to trust in the Lord with all of our hearts, leaning not our own understanding, but on God’s faithfulness alone.

Grace and peace and lots of love,

Becky