Thursday, December 29, 2011

Annual Parish Meeting January 8

Beginning with a Covered-dish luncheon after the Eucharist
The annual parish meeting is a gathering of all of us to celebrate what the Lord has done among us and for us this past year and to share a vision for the year to come.  We will hear from the clergy and wardens, select new vestry members, and plan our outreach for the coming year, present a budget and talk about our stewardship and use of the time, talent, and resources God has given us.  Paula Wahl is pulling together a comprehensive report (2012 Annual Parish Report).  Ministry leaders need to be sure they have gotten their reports to Paula for inclusion.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Profile of the Virtues, Belief and Practices of Christian Community

At Holy Trinity, transformation of our lives into the likeness of Christ is a priority for the community. We could hardly call ourselves Christians (little Christ) without this being so.

The Christian pilgrimage (corporately and individually) is one of moving ever more deeply into
    Being like Christ…    Knowing the Mind of Christ...     Doing the work of the followers of Christ.

“Being” like Christ
(Christian virtues that define a mature Christian community)
·         Joy                                                                                         John 5:11
·         Peace                                                                                    Philippians 4:6-7
·         Faithfulness to God                                                            Proverbs 3:3-4
·         Self Control                                                                          1 Thess 5:6
·         Love                                                                                       1 John 4:10-12
·         Patience                                                                                Proverbs 14:29
·         Kindness/Goodness                                                            1 Thess 5:15
·         Gentleness                                                                           Philippians 4:5
·         Compassion                                                                          Psalm 82:3-4
·         Generosity                                                                            1 Tim 6:18
·         Humility                                                                                 Philippians 2:3-4
·         Hope                                                                                       Hebrews 6:17-20 

“Knowing” the Mind of Christ

(Christian beliefs that shape the community)
·         The Trinity                                                                         2 Cor 13:14
·         Salvation by Grace                                                           Eph 2:8-9
·         Authority of Scripture                                                     2 Tim 3:16-17
·         A Personal, relational God                                              Psalm 121
·         Our “Identity” in Christ                                                    John 1:12-13
·         The Church                                                                         Eph 4:15-16
·         Humanity and “The Fall”                                                  John3:16
·         Eternity                                                                                John 14:1-4
·         Stewardship of All God Has Given Us                           1 Tim 6:17-19 

“Doing” the Work of the Followers of Christ
(Christian practices that are the mission and calling of the community)
·         Worshipping                                                                      Psalm 95:1-7
·         Praying                                                                                Psalm 66: 16-20
·         Studying / Growing                                                           Heb 4:12
·         Focusing on God’s Priorities for your Life                     Matt 6:33
·         Fellowshipping                                                                  Acts 2:42-47
·         Using Spiritual Gifts                                                          1 Cor 12:1-31
·         Giving Your Time                                                              Col 3:17
·         Giving Your Resources                                                     2 Cor 8:7
·         Sharing Your Faith                                                            Eph 6:19-20
·         Giving Yourself to God’s Plan and Purposes                Rom 12:1-2 

                                     Primary source: The Connecting Church: Beyond Small Groups to Authentic Community, Randy Frazee