In 1910, the United Presbyterian Church in North America formally adopted a set of mission statements that was intended to define its life and work. Called the Six Great Ends of the Church, these brief phrases attempted to draw together elements of belief and practice that could be traced through our confessional history to the very teachings of Jesus himself as they are recorded in the Gospels.
- The proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind.
- The shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God.
- The maintenance of divine worship.
- The preservation of the truth.
- The promotion of social righteousness.
- The exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world.
Over 100 years and two denominational mergers later, these statements remain in the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and they appear in the opening pages of the Book of Order.
As we reenter and rejoice, we will be exploring what it means to Be Church in this new season of our faith life together. Beginning this Sunday, July 18, we will engage in a sermon series shaped by each of these six mission statements. Rev. Katherine Rick-Miller will launch the series this Sunday with Finding Our Voice. The Sunday series will include guest preachers Rev. Katie Cashwell and Rev. Ashley-Anne Masters.
As WRPC moves into a ‘new normal’ we give thanks for the foundations upon which Christ’s church is built and continues to build and nurture faithful people.