Like untold millions, and like you, we’ve been jolted by the videos of wrongful killings by police and their aftermath – jolted from our lives of quiet complacency in the Genesee Valley. As a Christian faith community, we at Central Presbyterian Church grieve for lives lost, for families torn, for dignity ignored, and for respect withheld on the basis of skin color, gender, or any other of the differences among us. We lament the role that we have played in maintaining systems that are unjust.
Following in the way of Jesus, we are committed to being reconcilers and healers in our community and in our world. We are committed to educating ourselves about the deeply rooted and sometimes subtle prejudices of our culture. We are committed to working against racism, implicit bias, and structural injustices. We are committed to taking constructive steps forward toward creating a society that is fair, loving, and compassionate toward all.
From the Pastor
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. (Philippians 4:4)
In the middle of hard times – during a period of persecution and fear and uncertainty – Paul writes to the new believers in Philippi, reminding them to rejoice. In fact, the theme of his whole letter is joy, which may be surprising considering that Paul was writing to them from a jail in Rome! Yet Paul joyfully proclaims his confidence that God will continue the gospel’s good work among them (Phil. 1:6) and that how he (and they) handle challenging times is inspiring others to follow Jesus (1:18-26). In fact, their willingness, their eagerness, to find new ways to be faithful disciples is an imitation of the obedient humility Christ himself displayed (2:4-11).
I have witnessed that same joy, that same willingness, that same eager faithfulness in you. You, too, have found new ways to be faithful during this period of great challenge. Now we have a new opportunity to “re-joice”: to be joy-filled again. Beginning on Sunday, August 2, in-person worship will be held on the front lawn of the church (the lawn along Second Street). We will be under a large canopy, adequately socially distanced; we will attend to all appropriate health precautions. We will also continue with live Zoom worship for those of you who find is wise to worship from home. We respect your decision to do what you feel is safest your yourself and your loved ones. And we will pray – wherever we are when we worship on Sunday – that God’s Spirit of wisdom and truth will bind us to Christ and to one another, and lead us to our future of loving service together.
Details about Outside, In-Person Worship Under the Canopy (please share this information with others who may not have easy access to email)
- A bulletin will be emailed to you on Saturday. Please print out your bulletin and bring it with you to worship. This will enable us to reduce your exposure to any virus lingering on bulletin surfaces. There will be a limited number of bulletins available for those not able to print one out.
- If you are not feeling well, or if you know that you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for coronavirus in the past 14 days, please help us all be healthy by worshiping from home.
- Please bring your own mask, and wear your mask over your nose and mouth during worship. Masks will be available for those who do not have their own.
- The church building will not be open, with the exception of the south Second Street door (the “Food Pantry Door”). The downstairs restrooms only will be available through this Second Street door.
- Chairs will be spaced 6’ apart under the canopy. Ushers will gladly move chairs closer together in a group for members of the same household.
- If you would like, you can bring your own lawn chair (and your own pop-up canopy) so that you can sit outside the large canopy.
- You are welcome to visit with one another following worship – masked and at a healthy distance, of course! There will be no Coffee Hour in Fellowship Hall following worship.
- The live worship will be recorded and posted on our website after noon on Sunday.
Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen, and the God of peace will be with you. (Phil. 4:8-9)
The church building will be closed through August 30.
- We worship God through Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, proclaiming the loving presence of God in the world.
- We joyfully participate in Jesus Christ's ministry of peace, compassion, and justice here in our community of Geneseo and beyond.
- We seek to learn and to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ, using our grace-gifts to support, encourage, and challenge one another.
Come worship with us and find a warm welcome in the name of our living Lord Jesus Christ!