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Prayer Partnerships for Summer

by Carol Pye

 

Nothing is a portable as prayer, which makes summertime the perfect time to engage in a prayer partnership with another member of our congregation. The process is simple: when you sign up to have a prayer partner, you pray for that person every day over the summer; your prayer partner will, in turn, pray for you. The prayer does not need to be long or complicated. We will provide you will some suggestions for getting started. The partnerships are open to any member of the congregation, regardless of age.

 

If you would like to participate in this ministry to one another, look for sign-up forms in the Sunday bulletins or call the church office at 451-2910 or kathy.barnett@hpclouisville.org. Deadline to sign-up is Sunday, June 7.

 

“Little one…” from Presbyterians Today

This article is reposted from Presbyterians Today, a publication of the Presbyterian Church (USA). You can read it and see photos in the online version of Presbyterians Today magazine. The article is written by Linda Valentine, who is the executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.

 

‘Little one, for you Jesus Christ came into the world’

Fohr family
An old baptismal liturgy may hold the key for understanding what it means to be Presbyterian.

by Linda Valentine

When my colleagues Rob and Christine Coy Fohr’s daughter, Madeline, was baptized last December at Highland Presbyterian Church in Louisville, the children of our church sang the hymn “God Claims You” (2249 in Sing the Faith). As they sang, “Madeline, Madeline, God loves you,” the sanctuary filled with love and remembrance of baptisms precious to us. They then inserted Rob’s and Christine’s names and sang to them. This hymn has become a new, deeply moving tradition for our church family, as the children join in welcoming their new friend while members of the congregation vow to nurture the child and support their parents in faith.

Whether we are baptized as infants, children, or adults, it is in that profoundly gracious act that our journey of discerning and living out our Christian calling begins. For us Presbyterians, baptism is “a sign and act of God’s self-giving, by which God’s grace is made available to us” (Book of Common Worship). And our grateful response—at all ages and stages of life—is to become more and more like Christ in living out our faith.

Continue reading at Presbyterians Today

Louisville Philharmonia

Spring Concert on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 7:30PM – No charge.

The musicians of the Louisville Philharmonia are very excited to be members of an orchestra which is operated and managed by the musicians and its conductor, Daniel Spurlock. The orchestra is made up of local part-time and full-time musicians who have come together to perform great music and share their passion for and love of music with the community. The public is invited to attend and enjoy this FREE musical evening-NO TICKETS NEEDED. Fun fact-May 7, 1833 is Johannes Brahms’ birthday so our Spring Concert actually falls on his birthday!

The Concert Program

Rossini  Overture to The Barber of Seville

Goodman, Saul  Theme and Variations for percussion 

Ravel  Ma Mere L’Oye (Mother Goose Suite)

Brahms  Symphony No. 2 in D Major

WHEN:  Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 7:30PM 

WHERE:       HBPres

Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian Church-St. Matthews (in the Sanctuary)      

311 Browns Lane

Louisville, KY  40207

CONTACT:  Shelley Chapman

                        Personal Cell#: 502-594-0784

LP#: 502-438-8331 (5024etude1)

Personal Email: michelemchapman@yahoo.com

Email:  LouisvillePhilharmonia@gmail.com

Lou. Phil. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7485, Louisville, KY  40257

Website:  www.louisvillephilharmonia.org

MORE:  No tickets are needed-limited general admission seating will be available so be sure to arrive early. The Louisville Philharmonia is not affiliated with Harvey Browne Presbyterian Church or the Presbyterian Church USA. Harvey Browne has graciously offered LP the use of its facility for rehearsals and concerts. P.S.  For those who “Facebook”, please like us and you will have access to regular updates about the Louisville Philharmonia!

Ash Wednesday Meditation

Isaiah 58:6-9a: God speaks to Israel through the prophet’s words

 “Is not this the fast that I choose:

to loose the bonds of injustice,

to undo the thongs of the yoke,

to let the oppressed go free and to break every yoke?

Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,

and bring the homeless poor into your house;

when you see the naked, to cover them

and not to hide yourself from your own kin?”

Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,

and your healing shall spring up quickly;

your vindicator shall go before you,

the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.

Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;

you shall cry for help, and God will say,

Here I am.

 

 

“Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” These are the ancient words used on Ash Wednesday as the mark of the cross is made on the worshipper’s forehead with a smudge of ash. On this day that marks the beginning of Lent, Christians are reminded of our mortality, our vulnerability, our frailty and moral failures. We remember a central fact of what it means to be human: that our lives have limits, the most notable of which is that we will all die; and that our individual lives and the life of our societies are fraught with brokenness, injustice, violence, and destruction.

“Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.”

It does not take the insight of faith to see these things, of course. Everyone alive knows that he or she will die. We know all too well how vulnerable we are to disease and to the forces of nature. And simply listening to the news or reading the newspaper reminds us of the violence and destruction that humans inflict on themselves and others and nature. It does not take the eyes of faith to see that there is a lot that is broken.

 

 

But the eyes of faith see something else. The eyes of faith see that we are not just random accidents of nature; we are creatures of a Creator. The boundary of our lives is not simply our chronological life span. We have been called into being by God, and we are invited to find the true meaning in relation to God.

 

 

The words of the prophet Isaiah represent a breakthrough in religious insight in the ancient world. For many other peoples, the gods were arbitrary and capricious. It was easy to offend; prayers and sacrifices were needed to appease. But Israel knew a very different God. The Holy One was a God of justice who expected and hoped that God’s chosen people would emulate God’s ways. Isaiah makes this clear: the right way to worship God is to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, care for the poor and remove the injustice in society that leads to poverty.

 

 

But God is also a God of mercy whose steadfast love endures forever; who forgives us when we betray one another and ourselves and God; who longs for us to find our way back to right relationship with one another and with God.

 

 

Lent is an opportunity for us to focus – to step back from all the things that ordinarily seem so very important, so pressing, so demanding. To step back and focus on the relationship that in fact will lead us to our true selves. God invites us to discover once again who we are and whose we are and where our true fulfillment lies.

 

 

The God of justice shows us the path. The God of mercy invites us to start over and over and over again. The path leads to life. The path leads us home.

 

 

Cynthia M. Campbell

Pastor

 

 

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