Hey friends!

So you know how we’ve been prayerfully trying to discern how God might be leading First Presbyterian into the future.  As a first step, last July we put together a little group of folks from FPCS and Seattle Presbytery that we called the “Listening Team.” Their job over the last several months was to…well, listen to what God might be saying to us through the voices of various people and partners in our neighborhood.  It ended up being an incredibly rich experience, and we now have a summary report of what we learned through these conversations.  Copies of the “FPCS Listening Team Summary Report” will be available on Sunday morning.  

It’s certainly not the end of the journey, there’s more to discover and discern, but this has been a great start.  Let me know if you have any questions about the report, or where we are…

I was invited to meet with another church in the Presbytery one evening this last week – they were curious about what was happening at FPCS – and especially wanted to know about our Listening Team process.  It’s a congregation that is also a little bewildered about their future – somedays even a little fearful if they’ll make it.  (You know, we’re not the only ones).  I was glad to share our story, and remind these folks (and myself!) that the Lord is the Lord of the church. We may not know where this whole thing is going, but what a Companion we have along the way, showing the way! 

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Our sermon text on Sunday is Mark 1:29-39 – lots going on in this text – including Jesus healing Peter’s mother-in-law, and, by that evening, a whole bunch of other people (“they brought to him all who were sick or possessed by demons”… “the whole city lined up at his door.”)  No wonder Jesus then tries to get away for a little prayer retreat…but the disciples hunt him down…which results in Jesus clarifying his mission.  Like I said, lots going on here.  Read it through a few times before Sunday, and take note of what strikes you in the passage.

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And again, just a reminder – the ferry schedule has changed, so I don’t have to skedaddle quite so quickly after lunch on Sundays.  So on Sunday morning plan on sticking around a little longer if you’d like and let’s hang out and chat.  I look forward to visiting a bit more with you all!

Be the church!

Pastor Heidi

 Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law, Rembrandt sketch

Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law, Rembrandt sketch