Christian Formation and Discipleship

 

 

C.F.D.

 

Christian Formation and Discipleship (CFD) is a ministry of the First Presbyterian Church of Everett. The purpose of CFD is to encourage and facilitate our congregation’s transformation into the image of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit, so that we may be liberated to testify in words and deeds to the Mission and Reign of God in the world. I am in agony until Christ is formed in you (Apostle Paul: Gal. 4:9)

 

We have developed three sets of strategic principles of Christian Formation through which we seek God’s power to establish, sustain, and renew our faithful identity as God’s people:

Evangelical Principles

CHURCH PRINCIPLE: We don’t go to church; we are the church!

 

MISSION PRINCIPLE: We don’t have a mission program; we are a people in mission! (i.e. We don’t exist for ourselves but for the world God loves!)

Embodiment Principles

STORY PRINCIPLE: We order our life together according to God’s Story (Church year and Lectionary)!

 

SPECIAL EVENTS PRINCIPLE: We celebrate our unique identity together in seven annual inter-generational events (Advent Event→Christmas, Ash Wednesday→Lent, Holy Week, Pentecost Event, Vacation Bible School, All Church Retreat, Mission-Tide Series)!

 

CORE PRACTICES PRINCIPLE: Congregational life consists of six interdependent core practices (worship, listening, learning, fellowship, service and advocacy) that together express our collective redeemed humanity!

 

Empowerment Principles

REFORMED PRINCIPLE: We are a work in progress (the church reformed and always being reformed by the Word of God), called to life-long repentance!

 

HOLY SPIRIT PRINCIPLE: We seek empowerment by the Holy Spirit, learning to trust the “logic of the Spirit” (affirmation, crucifixion, transformation) in all we think, feel, and do!

 

 

Lent 2019

 

The season of Lent is a time for growth in faith – through prayer, spiritual discipline, and self-examination in preparation for the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus.  Reconciliation is a key theme in the season of Lent – reconciliation with God and with one another through the grace of Christ.  Lent is a period of forty days – like the flood of Genesis, Moses’ sojourn at Sinai, Elijah’s journey to Mount Horeb, Jonah’s call of repentance to Nineveh, and Jesus’ testing in the wilderness.  The Sundays in Lent are not counted among the forty days, as every Lord’s Day is a celebration of Christ’s resurrection.  Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (March 6th) and concludes on Holy Saturday before Easter Sunrise. 

 

This Lent, we will be looking at the Seven Last Words of Christ and our Chancel Choir will be leading this musically during our Palm Sunday Cantata (April 14th). 

 

The Seven Last “Words” of Jesus Christ from the cross are seven short phrases that Jesus uttered on Calvary.  The seven last words of Jesus Christ come from all four of the Gospels.  A person's final articulated words said prior to death or as death approaches generally are taken to have significance. These seven sayings, being "last words", may provide a way to understand what was ultimately important to Jesus as he died on the cross.  For centuries these seven last words of Jesus have been also used as meditation points for spiritual conferences, retreats, and Lenten missions.  We too will be using these words to guide us in worship as we prepare for the wonder and joy of Easter. 

 

Ash Wednesday March 6 – Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.  Luke 23:24 – Simple Supper at 5:30pm; worship at 7pm in the sanctuary

 

Sunday March 10 – Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.  Luke 23:43

 

Sunday March 17 – Woman, here is your son.  Here is your mother.  John 19:26-27

 

Sunday March 24 – My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?  Mark 15:34

 

Sunday March 31 – Guest Preacher

 

Sunday April 7 – I am thirsty.  John 19:28

 

Sunday April 14 – Chancel Choir Cantata – It is finished.  John 19:30

 

Maundy Thursday April 18 –Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.  Luke 23:46 – Simple Supper at 5:30pm; worship at 7pm in the sanctuary

 

Easter Sunday April 21 – Going Home Amazed – Luke 24:1-12