Being Christian…Presbyterian Style

Presbyterian comes from the New Testament word “presbuteros” and means “elder”. The Presbyterian Church is a group of Christians who are governed by Elders who are elected from the congregation to serve on the Church Session.

The form of government used by the Presbyterians is democratic and representative. The Presbyterian form of government, first used in Europe in the 1500’s, was a model for the writing of the United States Constitution.

To be Presbyterian, one must:

  • CONFESS the Christian faith
  • TRUST in Christ as our forgiving Savior
  • PROMISE to follow Christ and Christ’s example for living
  • COMMIT one’s-self to attend church and to become involved in its work as the body of Christ

Like other Christians, Presbyterians believe In:

  • God ~ creator of the universe
  • Christ ~ the incarnation of God on earth
  • Holy Spirit ~ the presence of God in the world and in believers
  • The Church ~ a universal company of Christ’s followers
  • Life Everlasting ~ shown by the resurrection of Christ
  • The Bible ~ the inspired word of God
  • Sacraments

Presbyterians recognize the two Sacraments that were instituted by Christ:

  1. Baptism ~ unites us with Christ in his death and resurrection and is an earthly initiation into the family of God and His church. Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.
  2. Communion or the Lord’s Supper ~ A renewal and strengthening of the power of our Baptism. Jesus shared this meal with His disciples before He was crucified.

Central to Presbyterian worship is the preaching of the Word and the administration of the Sacraments, along with prayer, hymns and offering.

Joining the Presbyterian Church

Persons may become active church members in the following ways: by profession of faith, reaffirmation of faith in Jesus Christ, or transfer of letter from another church. The Session of the church receives all new members.

If a person has been baptized but has never joined a church, this person would join by a public profession of faith made before the congregation. The profession of faith consists of answering questions about your faith, answered by “yes” or “no”.

If a person has been baptized and lost contact with his or her last church, this person is received on reaffirmation of faith. These are a series of “yes” or “no” questions before the Session.

If a person is transferring from another congregation, this person appears before the Session to request that his letter of membership be requested from the other church.

A person must be baptized to join a Presbyterian church. The Presbyterian church recognizes any baptism that was administered “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”, whether by sprinkling, pouring on the head, or immersion.

Our Sunday Schedule

9:45am Nursery Opens (till 12:30pm)

10:00am Sunday School for all ages (see insert)

11:00am Morning Worship

5:00pm Choir Practice

6:00pm Youth Activities

We celebrate the Lord’s Supper (communion) on the first Sunday of every month.

Other Activities Include:

  • Heartstrings ~ A needlework group which meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm.
  • Call to Prayer – A time to pray for our church and church members.  Meets every Tuesday at 10:00am in Pastor Mark’s office.
  • Between the Covers ~ This book discussion group meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:00pm.
  • Evening Bible Study ~ Meets the 1st Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm.
  • Presbyterian Women’s Morning Circle and Bible Study ~ Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 9:30 am.

There are special services throughout the year and many more opportunities for fellowship. We publish a monthly calendar that can be viewed on our website at http://www.dublinpresbyterians.wordpress.com

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