A Note From Rev. Dr. Paul J. Kirbas
Last Sunday afternoon, Jennifer and I traveled to Clinton Oklahoma for a sad occasion. It was the closing of the First Presbyterian Church of Clinton. This church served the Clinton community faithfully for over 100 years. Last Sunday was its final service.
The closing of a church feels very much like a funeral. Ironically, the sanctuary was full, mostly from guests like us who were coming to pay our respects. Tears flowed, memories were shared, and the sermon took us from room to room in the building, recalling fond memories of the spaces, and turning off the lights for the last time.
Here at Westminster, we too need to lead a church closing. The North Campus has been up to now an independent church of the Indian Nations Presbytery. It has been called Connecting Point Presbyterian Church. By the action of the Presbytery, that church has been closed, and its session has been dissolved. The church as a “church” is closing.
Of course, the situation here is different than it was in Clinton. The closing of Connecting Point Presbyterian Church leads toward the new birth of the North Campus. There is in the air a lot of life and excitement, but we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that a church has been closed in the process. In our liturgical life, that closing deserves a recognition. It will be hard to move on to the new, without observing the ending that has happened.
To this end, we are planning to hold a closing worship service of the Connecting Point Presbyterian Church. It will be held on Sunday, July 29, at 5:00 PM at the North Campus. This is not just a service for those who usually attend the North Campus. This is a time for the whole church to recognize the closing of a faithful Presbyterian church. So whether you consider yourself a Central Campus attender, or a North Campus attender, this special service is for all of us to join together to celebrate the life of Connecting Point Presbyterian Church, and to bear witness to the promise of resurrection as something new blooms in its place!
if anything, what does make us special and unique? These are some of the many issues we will address, so I hope you will join us for this new Pastor’s Class.
And now, let us turn our attention to worship. May the Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all!
In God’s Love,
Dr. Paul J. Kirbas
Pastor / Head of Staff