We remember first that God is with us and will guide us through these stormy waters. We remember second that we do not have to "go to church" in order to be the Church, and that our faith can be very much alive as we seek to love our neighbors!
We may not yet be able to gather in body, but we can still gather in spirit AND via technology! We continue to gather every Sunday morning at 10am using the Zoom platform. Our worship gatherings are warm, welcoming, and joyful! There is prayer, music, connecting and sharing, and listening for God's guidance in the weekly Scripture reading. On the first Sunday of each month, we celebrate our Communion with God and each other by using whatever bread and juice we can find in our homes. ALL are welcome to call in or to click on the following link to access these gatherings:
Worship, Sunday 10AM: https://zoom.us/j/863779594?pwd=cGZ0TUxOSlZPY1hWSHEzVzZnVnhJUT09
Worship Meeting ID: 863-779-594
Worship Password: 001874
Dial-in Phone #: 1 929 436 2866
There are no sermons in our Sunday morning ZOOM gatherings, but Pastor Tim has been recording regular reflections on the experience of wandering together through the metaphorical wilderness of the pandemic season. The latest is posted below, and all of the other episodes within this series of reflections can be found in the YouTube playlist embedded on the Sermons Library page.
The Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has put out the challenge to all of its 10,000+ congregations to prayerfully consider joining a church-wide movement called "The Matthew 25 Initiative: A Bold Vision and Invitation." This initiative challenges every congregation to more deeply identify themselves as the sheep of Jesus' famous parable of sheep and goats from Matthew 25; that is, to claim that we are those gifted and called by God to love the least of our sisters and brothers in the world around us - those most in need of food, drink, welcome, shelter, clothing, care, and friendship.
The initiative proposes to focus our discernment in three different areas in order to more fully grow into this faithful and sheeply identity:
(1) to grow in vitality as a church,
(2) to participate in the dismantling of structural racism, and
(3) to participate in alleviating structural poverty.
The VFPC Session spent many months discerning in response to this invitation, and was compelled unanimously at the June 2019 Session meeting to accept the challenge. A new "Matthew 25 Committee" was initiated by the Session, and has been tasked with helping us as a congregation to grow in vitality so that we are strengthened for our mission, and to discern how we might respond as a congregation with loving action to the least of our neighbors who are affected by the systemic social ills of racism and poverty.
May God guide us into this season of intentional love for neighbor! Learn more about the PC(USA) Matthew 25 Initiative.
ALL are welcome as we gather freely and joyfully at 10:00 AM in the Sanctuary every Sunday for the public worship of God!
Valley Forge Presbyterian Church * 191 Town Center Road, KOP 19406 * 610-265-2420