After 130 years of ministry, Faith Chapel Presbyterian Church (Lucketts, VA) is closing. I’ve been filling the pulpit for a brief time and will preach the final service on December 20.
I anticipate a modestly sized gathering that focuses on celebrating the life that has ended. In many ways, Sunday’s service will echo the many funerals that have transpired within these walls over the last 130 years.
Even during Advent, Christians are an Easter People, believing that new life comes out of death.
Our service includes a Statement of Intent such as this:
As we gather for worship, let us acknowledge with solemn joy God’s gift of this place, remembering with gratitude all who have worshiped here, the faith professed at this font, the gospel proclaimed from this pulpit, the assurance received at this table. Let us be grateful for God’s gifts, honest about our sorrow, open in our love, trusting in Jesus Christ, the only head of the church. The service today marks a passage for this congregation. A ministry is coming to a close; something new is about to be born. God is calling the members of this congregation to new ministry. Congregations are formed and congregations are disbanded but the Lord our God reigns forever.
If you’re a praying person, would you lift up a prayer for the Faith Chapel Presbyterian Church as it closes?