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“Our citizenship is in heaven and we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.”
- Philippians 3: 20-21

We are running headlong into Fall. School has start-ed. Labor Day is here. Fall Festival Plans are brewing. Days are noticeably shorter and hopefully the 90 degree days are behind us. Take some time to consider who we are as Christians today, here in Lake Park. We can get focused on the last quarter of the year, on new things in school, and all that needs to be done from taxes to har-vest to other busy things. It is easy to forget what we are really—we are Christ’s own and citizens together of heav-en. We are to be a people that instead of fear shows hope; instead of division shows unity; and instead of self-centered concerns shows love. We wait for Christ and His return, putting first things first. How do we do that? Here are some practical things you can do to remain a citizen of heaven and enjoy what God has in store for us.

It is that time of year to pray about ministry here at First Presbyterian, specifically what God is CALLING YOU TO DO as a disciple. That calling might be in service outside the congregation in your job or school or neighborhood. It might also be in a more formal way as a Team Member or even as one of the ordained ministries God has in the church (deacons, ruling elders, pastors). In any case, it is true that all of us are called to salvation and service (F-2.05, Second Helvetic Confession 5.058, Westminster Confession 6.181, Ephesians 2:10) and so are all ministers.

“Just as each of us has one body with many members, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”
– Romans 12: 4-5

Let me ask you, do you believe this quote from Paul’s letter to the Romans? It is foundational to the church. It is our very nature. Yet we sometimes struggle and say, “We would be better if they were not members here” or “that person or group is what is pushing people away.” Let me suggest that everyone God has brought here is a part of everyone else God has joined into this local congregation. Let me say that in a more down to earth way—we all need each other! And maybe just maybe you too are part of what attracts and what pushes folks away. This idea is what fellowship is actually all about—and in Acts 2:42 the Scriptures say Fellowship, Worship, Doctrine, and Sacraments are what we have at our core gathered around Jesus. Fellowship is not having fun, although good fellowship is fun. Fellowship is not just meeting together although Fellowship can’t happen in isolation. Fellowship means that we stay together and seek each other out. Yes all of us. Even that one member who is so judgmental, or the one that smells funny or the bossy one or the one that does everything wrong.

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