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January Pastor’s Column


Highland Presbyterian Church is a community of believers inspired by the love of Jesus Christ and biblical teachings. We believe we are called to guide our children, support our neighbors, comfort the troubled, soothe the suffering and bless the dying.

             We give, we receive, we serve,

                       we teach, we question, we learn,

                                     we sing, we laugh, we pray.

We strive to use our time and talents to serve God, one another, and the world, sharing hope from the heart of the Highlands.

 

As we enter a New Year, I invite you pause and reflect on our congregation’s mission statement. In 2014, the Session adopted this statement together with our vision statement: Sharing Hope from the Heart of the Highlands. These statements should guide and shape everything we do. Whenever we have a decision to make, the question should be: how does this project or program advance our mission? How does it support and extend hope?

 

Can there be any doubt that this is the message that we and our community and indeed our world need right now? In the face of words in our public discourse that are unrelentingly critical and demeaning; at a time when some seek to demonize others because of race, ethnicity or religion; when leaders think fear is inspirational: we as Christians need to be spokespersons for hope.

 

What does hope look like? In 2015, we celebrated the Sacrament of Baptism for 23 infants, young people and adults, claiming God’s promise for each of them that in life and in death, they belong to God. In 2015, over 1,000 people from some of the most violent places in the world came through Kentucky Refugee Ministries to learn English, to get ready to look for employment, to get help settling their children in school, and to begin the path towards independent life and citizenship. Every week, we gather in worship together, grounding our lives in the story of God’s love for us and for all; every week, we are challenged and equipped to live what we pray and sing.

 

The year ahead will give us new and more opportunities to share hope. How will you use your time and talents to serve God and others? How can we be more hopeful, faithful, joyful people? May these questions find answers in our lives as 2016 unfolds. Happy New Year!

 

Cynthia M. Campbell, Pastor

 

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