Meeting Times at 4th United Presbyterian Church

Cafe' Worship: 9:15 a.m. each Sunday in Gathering Hall (activities provided for children; coffee; snacks)
Adult Sunday School: 10 a.m.

Sunday Worship: 11 a.m.

Bible Study: each Thursday at 6 p.m.

Community Forum: last Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. with meal (no community forum in November, 2011)

About the 4th United Presbyterian Bible Blog

Posts on this blog are from me, Rev. George H. Waters, one of the two organizing co-pastors of 4th United Presbyterian Church. Our other organizing pastor was Rev. Sonya McAuley-Allen, who is now pastor of a church in Charlotte, N.C. Since June of 2011, Rev. Elizabeth Peterson has been our parish associate pastor for new church development. The earliest posts are sermon notes from the few I have typed the last two years. Then, there is a series of notes posted on the book of Romans. After that, it varies from week to week, sometimes church news, sometimes reflections on a happening, a passage of scripture, or even some pictures. This blog is meant to open the conversation we have going on in our church to others in our community.

The picture below is of our church's sanctuary, built in 1913.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Faith and Seeking

Often faith is presented as some sort of final conclusion and view on life. But, faith as I understand it and experience it is something dynamic and alive.

Faith causes the mind and heart to seek understanding and life. Faith also opens the heart and mind to emptiness and darkness at times, bringing us in touch with parts of life that we cannot comprehend and control.

Faith causes something deep inside to believe that the One behind all things is beautiful beyond all beauty and good beyond all goodness and merciful beyond our strongest hopes. It also causes us to tremble deep inside in those moments when we become aware of a Presence too holy for us to be near.

Faith causes the mind to seek understanding and to never be satisfied with the understanding one has. Faith seeks truth and a union with truth in human relationships and with the Divine.

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