I would like to say congratulations, and acknowledge the 20th anniversary of our Administrative Assistant, Rev. Teresa M. Jackson, on August 25th. Rev. Jackson has served The Congregational Church of Park Manor faithfully during the past 20 years. I commend her for her love of God, which is readily seen in the passion with which she serves her ministry as an Administrative Assistant to this church. Please join me in celebrating Rev. Teresa M. Jackson.
Today begins our church’s Annual Revival. The theme for this year is “Re-igniting The Church.” Each Sunday in August will feature a special acknowledgement. Today we celebrate “Family and Friends”, the second Sunday is “Young Adult Sunday”, the third Sunday is “Homecoming Sunday”, and the fourth Sunday is “Comeback Sunday”. These Sundays will serve to attract young adults. I encourage you to invite your grandchildren, grand-nieces, grand-nephews and all young adults that you know.
The Great Commission continues to be the task of “The Church” today. How well this task is being carried out, challenges us today. I challenge us to ponder the following questions:
“Re-igniting The Church” will challenge us to light our spiritual flames, and revive our spirits to carry out the Great Commission with passion, enthusiasm, and joy.
This has been an interesting week. Our streets continue to be filled with violence, OJ Simpson won parole after serving 8 years of a 33 year sentence for a victimless crime, and “number 45” continues with his antics on Capitol Hill.
Today’s lectionary text has drawn our attention to Jesus’s parable of the “Wheat and Tares.” The teaching of this parable is about “the kingdom of heaven” in the world. In the explanation of parable, Christ declares that He Himself is the sower. Christ, therefore, sows His redeemed seed (true believers), in the field of the world. It is through His grace, that we bear the fruit of the Spirit. Our presence on earth is the reason the “kingdom of heaven” is like the field of the world. When Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand,” He meant the spiritual realm exists on earth, side by side with the physical realm of the evil one.
The enemy in the parable is (the evil one) Satan. In opposition to Jesus Christ, the devil tries to destroy Christ’s work by placing false believers and teachers in the world who lead many astray. However, we are not to pursue such people in an effort to destroy them. For one thing, we don’t know if immature and innocent believers might be injured by our efforts.
God alone has the responsibility for separating true believers from false believers. Christ allows the false believers and the true believers to remain until His return. At that time, angels will separate the true believers from the false believers. At the end of the tribulation, all unbelievers will be judged for their sin and unbelief; then, they will be removed from God’s presence. Then only the true followers of Christ will reign with Him. What a glorious hope for the “Good Seeds!”
Welcome! We are so glad you found us!
The Congregational Church of Park Manor, UCC is ministering to the community through “newness,” “change,” and “growth.” We are stepping into a new era by the grace of God. Our prayer is that you will be blessed and strengthened by the power of Jesus and that you will live a life of abundance and fellowship, joy, and liberty.
Since the arrival of our new pastor, Rev. Dr. Terrill N. Murff, we are striving to be more than just the church on the corner. We have been stepping out on faith to do what God has called us to do – “creating disciples and making Jesus Christ relevant in our everyday lives.” As a community of believers we are coming together to declare the goodness and glory of God. Accordingly, we study the word, practice what we learned, and in the process, we grow together.
May God richly bless you and may the Lord keep you! We hope to see you soon!