Worship

Join us for worship Sunday mornings at 10:30 in person and on Zoom

Watch Sunday’s sermon here:

Worship, June 26, 2022 
Pastor Gary Preaching
Anthem: Elijah Rock – University of Pretoria Camerata

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Tuesday Message From Pastor Gary


Hello Church,

This is a picture of the white board on my office door. I took this photo this morning and it is exactly the way it looked when I first arrived on June 8th. Someone (I don’t know who) took a few moments to write this on my white board just prior to my arrival as a welcoming greeting to me. It’s not a huge deal. It just took that person a few moments, but they took the time to do it and it makes me smile. 


It speaks to an attitude of hospitality. What if everything we did (at home, at work, at play, everywhere) we did with an attitude of hospitality? If we took the time to think about the people we were coming in contact with, their challenges, their joys, their aspirations, and we did what we could to make their lives better – like that note on my office door.

We are called to “love our neighbor as ourselves” (Mark 12:31). Let us all work together to not just know this in our heads, but to believe this in our hearts and have this belief guide our actions every day.
Thanks for your spirit of hospitality — Gary


Coffee in the Narthex

Thanks to Janet and Jay Lough, we again have coffee in the Narthex! Please join us at 10:00 a.m. and after the service for this wonderful fellowship.


Spiritual Formation


Lectio Divina

This week is our sixth and final Lectio Divina video study based on the sermon scriptures from our guest Pastor Hilaire Henthorne’s sermon. If you have found this way of looking at scripture to be helpful, let our pastor or Faith Formation elders Jay Lough and Carolynn Baer know.

This is an opportunity to take a deeper “dive” into the scriptures. The session is pre-recorded, so you can do it when and where you would like. You can also do this alone or with friends and family.

Here’s what Lectio Divina is: a kind of meditation on Bible passages, a way of reading the text for deeper understanding and inspiration. With the video to guide you, you begin by simply listening to the text, and then opening yourself to a new understanding by choosing a word or phrase that “jumps out” at you. You gather your own images and thoughts around those words and then listen for what God will speak to you.

Many have found new inspiration that brings light, recognition and understanding by spending time in the scriptures this way.

Click HERE for this week’s lesson on Acts 2:1-13
Click HERE to view archived Faith Formation lessons

Carolynn Baer, Elder



Bible Project’s mission is to help people experience the Bible as a unified story that leads to Jesus.
Learn more about Bible Project here.

May 30 Bible Project Reading Plan #52

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Christ Presbyterian Church Statement on Racism

October 2, 2020

The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (USA) consists of two parts: The Book of Confessions and The Book of Order. Within The Book of Confessions is The Confession of 1967, Inclusive Language Text, Art. 9.44a, which states:

God has created the peoples of the earth to be one universal family. In his reconciling love, God overcomes the barriers between sisters and brothers and breaks down every form of discrimination based on racial or ethnic difference, real or imaginary. The church is called to bring all people to receive and uphold one another as persons in all relationships of life: in employment, housing, education, leisure, marriage, family, church, and the exercise of political rights. Therefore, the church labors for the abolition of all racial discrimination and ministers to those injured by it. Congregations, individuals, or groups of Christians who exclude, dominate, or patronize others, however subtly, resist the Spirit of God and bring contempt on the faith which they profess.

Similarly, the Mission Statement of the Presbytery states that we will “bear public witness to the love, truth, and justice of God in Jesus Christ specifically in the areas of racism and reconciliation.”

We, the community of Christ Presbyterian Church (CPC) of Fairfax, VA, a diverse Christian congregation, condemn the systemic racism and related violence in the United States that has oppressed and taken the lives of so many of our human family. We condemn the persistent inequities in wealth, health, and opportunity between blacks, along with other peoples of color, and whites despite the economic prosperity of recent years. These disparities exist because of a long history of policies that have excluded and exploited Americans of color. Racial inequality has become so normalized in our society that it has become an expectation. This inequality could be considered a part of American culture. And when there are protests against this culture, some even consider it a protest against America. That’s the way it’s been for more than 400 years. It has gone on, unchecked, for far too long. It has to end!

“Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.“ James Baldwin

We, the CPC community, cannot be silent. We pledge to the greater community to listen with empathy, to learn with open minds, and to act with purpose. We value and encourage diversity, and are united in our opposition to racism and bigotry wherever they exist. We commit to acting with intent to achieve justice, equality, and inclusivity for all. We further commit to protecting the civil rights of all individuals, without regard to race or ethnicity. We stand in solidarity with those actively working to end racial injustice, systemic or otherwise, with a vision of building a better America and world in general.

 


Christ Presbyterian Church Mission Statement

God calls us to be a people who:
Live in the reconciling Spirit of Christ;
Joyfully praise God and grow together in faith and knowledge;
Care for one another in His Spirit;
Nurture each other through teaching, fellowship, and prayer;
Reach out into our community, witnessing for Jesus Christ,
and sharing His hope, faith and love.

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