Discernment Devotionals #2

Being and Doing Presbyterian
Devotion 2
A Holistic and Holy Order
Scriptures: Luke 10:2-9 and I Corinthians 12:27-31
Focus: 5 Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace   to this house!” 6 And if anyone is there who shares in   peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you.
27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues.
  
Book of Order:

F-1.0303 The Notes of the Reformed Church
Where Christ is, there is the true Church. Since the earliest days of the Reformation,
Reformed Christians have marked the presence of the true Church wherever:
the Word of God is truly preached and heard,
the Sacraments are rightly administered, and
ecclesiastical discipline is uprightly ministered.
Meditation:
            “Connectionalism” is a term that is a part of Presbyterian jargon.  As we are a denomination that names ourselves by the way we order, organize and govern the Church, the term connectionalism tells us that an essential part of our character is that we are people in worship and service together.  In his charge to the 70, Jesus sent out apostles of God’s peace to establish a living, vibrant network of “Peace of God” houses.  In his reflections about Calling and leadership Paul sought to bring order to those gifted in the different aspects of sharing the Good News of Christ. Faith, witness, mission and ministry is all about being connected to God, with our own congregation members, but also with our neighbor congregations.
            In the work of the Discernment Task Force two questions quickly arose and those two questions guided the whole assessment of the life and mission of Foothills Presbytery: What must we do together to be faithful to our Presbyterian Identity?  and What do we need to do together that we cannot do separately? A whole, holistic and Holy practice of our common life always works to connect our Identity and our shared mission.  The proposed structure aims to connect our core Ecclesial Mission responsibilities to ensure we are always centered in the Word proclaimed, the Sacraments administered and good discipline practiced, and our Diaconal Mission of works of witness, service, mercy and love.  Connected by God’s grace to Him, to our fellow members, to those in our fellow congregations the aim of shared life is to be a people of God’s peace.
Meditation Questions:  List five gifts your congregation shares with others?