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Dear Friends in Christ in both churches:
It’s Lent, a Church season to reflect on our faith in Jesus Christ, especially his suffering for us. In order for me to do that, I need to be re-grounded in the faithfulness of God. Remembering God is faithful to me, then I can bear to look at my sin and what I did to crucify Christ.
One of the ways I get re-grounded in the faithfulness of God is to read the Scriptures, especially Psalm 23. Eugene Peterson, Presbyterian minister and scholar has written a paraphrase of Psalm 23 that is meaningful to me. Here it is:
“God, my shepherd!
I don’t need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows,
you find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to your word,
you let me catch my breath
and send me in the right direction.
Even when the way goes through
I’m not afraid
when you walk at my side.
Your trusty shepherd’s crook
makes me feel secure.
You serve me a six-course dinner
right in front of my enemies.
You revive my drooping head;
my cup brims with blessing.
Your beauty and love chase after me
every day of my life.
I’m back home in the house of God
for the rest of my life.”
What do you do to get re-grounded in the faithfulness of God? How are you able to consider the meaning of Christ’s crucifixion and confess what you did to crucify Christ? I’m interested in knowing.
I hope this season of Lent will be one in which we all grow more transparent in faith and hope with great expectancy the new life Easter promises!
Believing with you,
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ in Palacios and Collegeport: I look forward to celebrating Advent and Christmas with you as these holy days help us to concentrate on the gift of love God gives us in Jesus Christ. A calendar of events is provided to guide us through this significant time in the Christian year. It can be found here.
Something new is happening on Sunday evening, December 21 at FPC, Palacios. It is a short worship service and soup supper. Here is the reason it is being held: Sunday, December 21 is the shortest day and the longest night of the year. You may know it as winter solstice. For more than ten years, protestant churches across our nation have been hosting a worship service of solace on this night to symbolize that God’s help and hope is abundantly available even when we go through the “darkest” times of our life. So this longest night of the year service invites us to come for the calming presence of God who is ready to comfort us when we are tired, sad, grieving or have a deep yearning to be still in the presence of the Lord.
This year, we are offering to the church and our community a soothing service at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December for everyone’s heart and soul. It will be short, simple, relaxing, and hopeful. Following the service there will be a soup supper for all to be nourished.
This is a beautiful opportunity to invite someone to come and worship. It does not matter if they belong to another church or not. All are welcome. Be sure to invite neighbors, friends and strangers, welcoming them to this special time of serenity. I hope you will eagerly invite those whom you encounter as a way of extending God’s love. I also urge each of you to attend even if you are not feeling sad, lonely, or tired. For after all God who has consoled us in our time of need has made us to be a blessing. The scripture says, “We have been consoled to console”. Your presence will be a sign of God’s love for others.
Now, as we anticipate celebrating the birth of our Savior, know that you are on my mind and in my heart!
Believing with you, Pastor Vanessa
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ of Both Churches:
Every member has their own perspective about having pastoral visits to their home. Some like to have them; and others don’t. I want to make sure to call on all those who want a visit and haven’t had one with me.
If I haven’t visited you in your home and you want me to plan one with you, please let me know by speaking to me after a worship service, calling me at 830-496-0925 or emailing me at email@example.com. Please inform me yourself rather than depending on someone else to tell me because sometimes messages are forgotten, or get confused, etc.
I look forward to visiting with you! Meanwhile, may the one who visits us through the Holy Spirit bless you beyond your imagination!
Vanessa Potter, Interim Pastor
Welcome to First Presbyterian Church in Palacios, Texas. Come join us for worship, for study, for fellowship, for service. We look forward to your visiting with us and hope it becomes a regular thing.