Book of Order (F-1.0203)
Christ gives the Church its faith and life, its unity and mission, its order and discipline. Scripture teaches us of Christ’s will for the Church, which is to be obeyed. In the worship and service of God and the government of the church, matters after to be ordered according to the Word by reason and sound judgement, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
We’ve all the jokes… You know what I’m talking about. The one about Presbyterians being part of the “frozen chosen,” and the one that asks the question, “How many Presbyterians does it take to change a light bulb?” We get it… Our polity, our government, our form of worship is not always quick to change to meet the immediate needs of our surrounding communities, but maybe that’s the point… We aren’t supposed to just flop from one thing to another. So that means that we may not have contemporary instruments in worship, but if we are building relationships with God and each other along the way that what is really at the heart of worship is being met.
Christ gives the Church, gives us life, so that we may be guided by the power of the Holy Spirit. But because we have seen how power has been abused and misused, we strive to protect those who are most vulnerable. Of course, this doesn’t mean that we are perfect, we still have flaws and we still make mistakes from time to time… Yet we don’t give up, we don’t stop trying to live into the identities that we have been given by God. We gather together to read from Holy Scripture, to meditate together, to listen for the voice of God together so that each and everyday we may become more and more like the one we were called to follow.
In our worship, we of lift up songs of praise, songs of lament, and songs of sorrow and joy. In our reading of Scripture, we find the innumerable ways that God continually calls out to us. And in our polity we discover that we are interconnected with those who have come before us and those who will come after us. Christ breathes life into the Church, and it is that breath of life that gives us hope, that gives us courage, that gives us the power to go forth and proclaim kindness, mercy, and justice in Jesus’ name.