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.
We praise God that in New York state – and particularly in the Finger Lakes region – the coronavirus cases have so significantly reduced in number that Livingston County residents can resume some of the activities that have been suspended or cancelled. We have missed one another: we have missed the comfort of a spontaneous hug and the easy pleasure of a lingering conversation over a cup of tea. We have missed holding the hand of someone we love while we pray. Yet as medical professionals and government leaders have warned us, this is no time to be cavalier. We still must be cautious in order to prevent a second wave of COVID-19 (or perhaps to keep the first wave under control). There still is a risk to vulnerable populations.
With all this in mind, Central Presbyterian will continue its suspension of in-person worship and in-person meetings through August 1. During this time, Zoom worship will continue and recordings of the worship service will be posted online. Pastoral care will continue (call the church at 243-0669 or email Pastor Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org,. Be assured that, when we do return, every precaution necessary to keep all of us safe and well will be in place.
In the meantime, listen to our worship service every Sunday (just click “Listen to Past Sermons”), reach out to others, smile with your eyes and through your mask to everyone you encounter (socially-distanced, of course), and make every one of your words and deeds a faithful act of worship of our gracious God.
Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:14-17)
- 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!