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SUNDAY FEBRUARY 23rd – 10:30 a.m.
Rev. Scott Sinclair
SERMON SHORT: WHAT ONE CAN DO
Philippians 4:1-14, John 15:1-11
The Christian church is littered with many missteps in its history of proclaiming “The Good News.” And equally prevalent are the shining of examples of saints who have truly grasped the love of God and expressed that love in tangible, courageous ways.
This Sunday we will focus on one such saint, Rev. William King. He was a Presbyterian minister who, despite much opposition, championed a settlement for escaping American slaves. His story is inspiring. He did what he could do and through that, God’s love was made real to many.
In June of 2018 the General Assembly referred the document On the Question of Unity and Diversity to the church. It deals with the issue of inclusion of the LGBTQ community in the Presbyterian Church. The referral asked for a response from our Session by January 31st, 2019. Gale Session considered the document through the autumn, first by a small subcommittee and then Session as a whole through November to January. The process of arriving at a response was also addressed from the pulpit in sermons. Session considered one written response from a member received in January.
At a special meeting of Session our response was adopted and forwarded to the General Assembly for their consideration. Our response included three recommendations which were adopted by Session as follows:
Recommendation 1: That Gale Presbyterian Church, Elmira will welcome all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, to participate fully as members of our congregation including the right to be ordained to office and married in our church.
Recommendation 2: That we acknowledge not all members of the Presbyterian Church in Canada will be comfortable with such a decision and may decide to leave the denomination. If this happens, we will show those who choose to leave love and respect for their choice.
Recommendation 3: That this be the response of Gale Presbyterian Church to the General Assembly concerning the document “On the Question of Unity and Diversity.”
A special committee of the General Assembly will consider our response along with many others from Sessions, Presbyteries and Synods of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. The question of inclusion will be addressed by future General Assembly meetings and Gale will be kept informed of the progress of this issue.