HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!
Plaque on the front of First Presbyterian Church commemorating the colonists who met in the sanctuary in 1774. SPECIAL THANKS to Deacon Rick Line who oversaw the restoration of this plaque in January 2020.
Weekly Update, July 2, 2021
On Sunday we will mark the 245th anniversary of our nation’s independence. Freedom and liberty are something we must not take for granted, because very real people fought for our independence and many gave the last full measure to ensure we can live as free people.
We celebrate our freedoms, especially the freedom to gather for worship, and remember that with freedom comes responsibility. “For freedom Christ has set us free” writes Paul to the Galatians (5:1). The freedom Paul describes is more than just political. It is total freedom from the domination of sin and death, to which we were held captive before Christ. As partakers in that freedom, we have a responsibility to share it with everyone.
Presbyterians were at the forefront of the fight for independence back in 1776. When the British politician Horace Walpole saw the Declaration of Independence he reportedly said, “Cousin America has run off with the Presbyterian parson, and that is the end of it” because the Rev. Dr. John Witherspoon had signed it. Witherspoon was a Presbyterian pastor originally from Scotland, the president of the College of New Jersey, and an agitator for independence.
Here at First Church we have an even closer connection to the cause for independence. Two years before the Declaration was signed in Philadelphia, colonists in central Pennsylvania met in the sanctuary of First Church and resolved to support the cause of independence. Our heritage as Americans and as Christians is one of freedom.
Both freedoms are precious. Neither should be taken for granted. Our American freedom is constantly in the process of being perfected and we cannot rest until all people are able to live into the great truths of the Declaration and Constitution.
Our Christian freedom, however, is far more precious, and should never be confused with the freedom we have as citizens of the United States. The freedom we have in Christ is of eternal consequence. It means we are citizens of the Kingdom of God. The things of this world will one day pass away, but the Kingdom of God is eternal, it lasts forever and ever.
At its June meeting, the Church Session made the following changes
to in-person worship guidelines:
Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear a mask inside the church building. Vaccinated individuals may continue to wear a mask if they so choose.
Unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear a mask.
The congregation will resume singing all hymns and responses.
All pews will now be open for worshippers to use. There is plenty of space in the sanctuary to spread out.
The plexiglass barriers will be removed from the pulpit and chancel.
JULY EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH
NOTE: There is no Deacons meeting in July (as previously announced).
Saturday, July 10, 10 AM-4 PM: Carlisle Theatre "Summer Follies" (plaza/yard)
Sunday, July 11, after worship: Fellowship Time
Tuesday, July 20, 7 PM: Session meeting
Sunday, July 25, 9 AM: Choir rehearsal
Sunday, July 25, after worship: Fellowship Time
Sunday, July 25, 7 PM: Sunday Evening Vespers (MHS Cemetery)
One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly notices that her mother has several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head. She looks at her mother and inquisitively asks, "Why are some of your hairs white, Mommy?" Her mother replied, "Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white." The little girl thought about this revelation for awhile, and then said, "So, Mommy, how come ALL of Grandma's hairs are white?"
Check out the new poster from Farmers on The Square,
drawn by a market vendor!
Members of the Congregation, Ministers
The Rev. Anthony D. Lorenz, Pastor
The Rev. Jon A. Black, Pastor Emeritus
Debby Madden, Educator Emerita
Arthur Thompson, Organist; Ron Richcreek, Music Director
Avis Allen, Secretary; Chuck Adler, Sexton
Church Office Hours: Mon. & Wed., 9 AM-2 PM
Address: 2A N. Hanover St., Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: (717) 243-4612; E-mail: email@example.com; Website: www.firstprescarlisle.org