The Great Ends of the Church

This past Sunday, we began a worship series on The Great Ends of the Church. The Great Ends are a series of statements which define the mission of the Presbyterian Church (USA). First approved in 1910, they have remained a part of our constitution for over 100 years. If you have a Book of Order, you can find them at F-1.0304. The six Great Ends of the Church are:
∙ the proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind; (1/24/21)
∙ the shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God; (1/31/21)
∙ the maintenance of divine worship; (2/7/21 – Communion Sunday)
∙ the preservation of the truth; (2/14/21 – Transfiguration Sunday)
∙ the promotion of social righteousness; and
∙ the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world.
With the start of Lent, we will likely take a break from the Great Ends and pick up the last two later. Join us for worship each week as we hear God’s word to us and explore our calling from Jesus Christ to let our light shine.

There are banners that accompany each of these statements. In the bulletin you will see the black & white design in the top corner. During the service, banners appear on the screen near the pulpit in color. If you like to color, we can make these designs available to you to print out at home. Please let me or Jeanna know.

The Mission Study Team has spent some time with these statements as they prepare to discern FPC’s own “great ends,” your purpose or mission statement as a congregation. I hope this series will help to broaden our understanding of what it means to be followers of Jesus.
Grace and peace,

Pastor Nancy
Rev. Dr. Nancy Jo Dederer,
Transitional Pastor