First Presbyterian Church of Fulton
God's People Connecting... September 11-17, 2020!
This Week Pastor Aaron Asks: Are There Benefits to Forgiveness That Outweigh the Costs?
How often must we forgive? For Jesus, the answer is always "At least once more!" Forgiveness is an essential practice for the community of the faithful. And yet, we struggle with this practice, often out of fear of the cost of forgiving a debt that someone else owes to us.
Thankfully, God didn't calculate the work of Jesus by thinking only of the cost of forgiving us for the debt of our own sins! Instead, God considered the far greater value of forgiveness, which is reconciliation with humanity. If God is willing to forgive all people for the debt of our sins, then how can we possibly refuse to offer forgiveness to one another?
As we prepare for Sunday's service, you're encourage to reflect upon the words of Scripture found in Matthew 18:21-35 and Romans 14:1-12. As we consider Jesus' teaching in the Gospel passage, you're also invited to reflect upon these questions:
- What are the costs of offering forgiveness to others, and why are we afraid to pay them ourselves?
- Are there benefits to offering forgiveness, and if so, do they outweigh the costs?
You're welcome to share your reflections by sending an email to the pastor! Send comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org or give Rev. Aaron a text or phone call at 573-590-3136!
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Worship and Reflection This Week!
Sunday, September 13, 2020 (The Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost, Year A – Liturgical Color: Green)
Usher Captain this Week: Shaun Speers
Gospel Lesson: Matthew 18:21-35
Epistle Lesson: Romans 14:1-12
Sermon by: Rev. Aaron White
The Cost of Forgiveness
“How often should I forgive?” Peter was a reasonable man, but he wanted to know what would be considered beyond reason. He asked Jesus, “As many as seven times?” His teacher told him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.” What Jesus wants Peter and all of us to understand is that forgiveness is not an act of logic, but rather an act of peacemaking. If we regard the act of forgiving another as a transactional affair, then we will be more likely to withhold our forgiveness out of fear of what it will cost us.
To help us better understand, Jesus teaches a parable about a slave who fails to show mercy to an indebted fellow slave, despite having had his own far greater debt forgiven by his own master. Like that slave, when we are unable to repay the debt of our sins, God shows us mercy through the grace of our Lord Jesus. In doing so, God did not calculate the cost of forgiveness by our unpaid debts. Rather, God determined that those debts were negligible losses compared to the far greater benefit of being reconciled with humanity. If God can forgive us for the cost of our sins against the Lord, then how can we possibly offer any less to one another?
Additional readings from the Revised Common Lectionary:
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A Season of Peace-Five Weeks of Reflection & Prayer...
Distractions are everywhere, threatening to pull us to the margins of living an authentic peace-filled Christian life. Important issues, breaking news, and our ragged pursuit of a more meaningful spiritual life all distract us. We are reminded of this every time we power up our computers, turn on the television, or struggle to handle conflicts in our families and communities in a way that will not alienate them or us. And we certainly experience it as we negotiate our own inner worlds of chaos and longing.
The journey of peace is a pilgrimage of our whole selves: spirit and body; heart, feet, and mind. The pursuit of God’s peace is both an inner and outer journey where the well-being of one is held in the well-being of all. In order for us to walk farther along this road of peace-full living, we can and should engage both inner and outer aspects of faithful spiritual living. Doing so allows us to become more authentic and effective bearers of peace in our world.
Because of these reasons, we invite you into A Season of Peace that will engage your imagination and offer opportunities for you to live more fully into your calling as a peacemaker. It is for the curious and the jaded, the beginner and the experienced peace seeker. Spend an intentional “season” with Jesus, the peacemaker, and see if this might become your way of being authentically Christian in the world.
For over 30 years, the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have been committed to pursuing a peaceful and just world. Peace seekers and advocates, those who work and pray for reconciliation and justice, have found their home in the Presbyterian peacemaking community.
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Sunday Worship Services Now on YouTube Livestream: View in Real Time at 10:30 am or as a Recording at Your Convenience!
Higher Speed Internet Improvements Have Been Made!
Thank You for Your Patience as We Work to Improve Service Streaming!
We are now able to livestream services on our YouTube channel. If you would like to participate in Sunday worship, but cannot attend in person, you can now open any web browser and go to: https://bit.ly/fpcfultonyoutube at 10:30 am to participate in real time, or any time you choose to view the recorded version.
If you would like to learn how to operate the recording equipment and are willing to help with this Sunday morning duty, please contact Shaun Speers or Rev. White for more information.
A Special Request From the Property Committee!
Church Lockup Volunteers Needed!
Volunteers are needed to lockup the Church after Sunday service. A sign up sheet is on the bulletin board in the lobby. Those that can support, please sign up for desired dates. If you have any questions on what it entails, please ask Mark Covey at 573-327-0297, or another Property Committee member.
We Hope YOU Will Join Us!
The Launch Party for a new year of youth group is just a couple of weeks away! We welcome all middle and high school students to join us at The Rock. We're excited to get back together! We're celebrating the return of The Rock with hotdogs and s'mores
Opportunities to Serve, Special Messages, & Important Church Notes!
- COVID-19 Procedures Continue. Social distancing protocols will be observed during worship services and church use. We ask that all worshippers in attendance follow the guidelines. You may download a copy of these guidelines by clicking on this link: bit.ly://3gXplqP
Do You Have an Innovative Idea to Share? There is discussion going on about the future of the Fair Trade Market in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. Mary Osburn is asking for thoughts about what comes next. An online sale? An outdoor market? We have no picture to guide us! Considering volunteering to help plan and create a new way to continue our Fair Trade Market. If you are interested in participating in this journey, please email Mary Osburn at email@example.com or text 573-220-7633.
- Would You Like Communion Elements Delivered to Your Home? If there are online worshippers who want to participate in communion during worship services, either live or tape delayed, we will deliver communion cups to homes on the Saturday before Communion Sunday. Please send an email to LInda Baysinger at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 573- 642-1029 no later than the Tuesday before Communion Sunday. Requests should include your name, address, and how many disposable cup & wafer sets needed in the household.
Contributions to the SERVE Food Pantry and Our House Shelf Stockers will continue to be collected as part of our Fishes and Loaves Offering. Our House needs a new refrigerator and is still accepting monetary donations for this purpose. If you would like to help with this effort, write "Our House Refrigerator" in the memo line of your donation check. Checks may be placed in the offering plate on Sunday or mailed to: First Presbyterian Church, PO Box 6037, Fulton, MO 65251.
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Church Family News October Theme is: Pumpkin Spiced EVERYTHING & Favorite Church Dinner recipes!
Have a Favorite Recipe to Share?
SEND IN YOUR RECIPES BY MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th!
FPC Church Family News is published monthly, usually on the first Wednesday of the month, and sent by e-mail to all who are receiving the FPC Weekly Newsletter. Church Family News is an internal communication and is not distributed to the general public via social media or press release. Items for broader distribution should be submitted for inclusion in the FPC Weekly Newsletter.
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Join Us in Worship Each Sunday!
Sunday, Sep. 13th, 10:30am-12:30pm
First Presbyterian Church, 718 Court St. Fulton, Missouri 65251
Worship is at the heart of the life of our congregation
Our sense of who we are is formed by our gathering regularly in worship, and our call to mission and service is part of our identity as Presbyterians. If you are looking for a church home in which to make a difference in your life and in your community, please join us. All are welcome!
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Virtual Office Hours, Contact Information, & Where to Send Your Offerings & Pledges!
How to Contact Rev. Aaron White
Rev. Aaron White is holding virtual office hours at this time. Please call him on his cell phone, (573) 590-3136 or contact him by email email@example.com.
How Will I Continue Giving During This Time?
Checks for pledges and offerings, and documents that are normally hand-delivered on Sunday mornings can be mailed to:
First Presbyterian Church
P.O. Box 6037, Fulton, MO 65251
If you prefer online giving, use our new GIVE+ Online giving system through the website or the GIVE+ Mobile app.
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Welcome to Our Church!
First Presbyterian Church is located at 718 Court Street in historic downtown Fulton, Missouri. Worship services, under the direction of Rev. Aaron White, are held each Sunday morning. For more information, go to: www.fultonpresbyterian.org or find us on Facebook or on Twitter @FPCFulton.
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