Pastor’s Weekly Email

Dear WCPC family:


          One of my 4th of July traditions is watching the movie version of the musical “1776.”  I know the songs by heart.  It certainly takes some liberties with history but one scene which actually does reflect real history is when John Adams sings about how years, decades later, as a nation we would celebrate the 4th.  There will be fireworks and music and celebrations that remember their brave and courageous actions as they gave birth to a new country.  He did say something like that and when you consider the odds they were facing as they signed their names to the Declaration of Independence it was bold indeed.  We do have much to celebrate as we remember the birth of this country and also its promise as we continue to move, ever so slowly, to a vision of equality for all that all of the signers of that document could not have imaged at the time but which they set in motion. 


If you aren’t traveling this weekend I hope we will see you on Sunday for worship at 11:00 a.m. when we will celebrate the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper giving thanks for God’s grace in Jesus Christ.  My text will be Luke 6: 27 – 38 and I’ve titled my message “Forgiven and Forgiving.”  In this passage from Luke, sometimes referred to as the Sermon on the Plain, Jesus defines what it means to follow him.  Loving our enemies, doing good to those who hate us, forgiving others just as we have been forgiven – how are we doing?  Faithfulness to the Christ is more than just what we say about him but how we act, certainly to those we love and care about, but here Jesus is saying it’s how we act toward those we have issues with or who have issues with us that defines our discipleship.  It’s a wonderful passage to consider as we come to the table of grace. 


Please note there will be no Sunday School for our children this Sunday but there is Sunday School for our youth and adults who will study chapter 5 of Martin Thielen’s Searching For Happiness…  — “Contented People Practice Forgiveness.”  The youth met in the Senior High Youth Room and adults will meet in the Hendricks building.  Sunday School starts at 9:45 a.m.


In addition to the normal attachments you will also find a brief summary of the actions of the 222th General Assembly of the PCUSA prepared by The Presbyterian Outlook.  Also the July/August newsletter is available online at


          Happy 4th of July!  Wherever this upcoming holiday finds you I hope you will take time to give thanks to God for this nation and its amazing journey of 240 years.


Your pastor,