Sunday, September 20th - 10 a.m.
3 ways to worship - online and in person!
will be open for those who chose to worship in-person. We will also continue to stream worship on Facebook and on Zoom, if that option works best for your family. Please join us, in whichever way
fits the needs of you and your family.
- Facebook. We will continue to stream our worship service “Live”
through the Community Presbyterian Church’s Facebook page.
2. Zoom. We are adding a
“Zoom” meeting room to stream our service. The meeting room is under “Pastor John Curtiss”. The meeting room id is: 310 400 2644.
Click here to join the
3. In Person. Limited seating (25% capacity) will be available. There will be pew cushions spaced at least six feet apart for seating.
Masks are required.
(Please read Matthew 18:15-20)
Dear Friends –
The passage from the 18th chapter of Matthew (listed above) is written from a place of concern for community.
The author of Matthew shares this story of Jesus dealing with conflict because he is concerned for his community. Clearly there are struggling with disputes and the impacts of poor behavior (what
community doesn’t, right?). And so Matthew lifts up Jesus and his model for dealing with the hard realities of being a community together.
We know from experience that conflict can hurt a community. We know that conflict is messy and takes work to work
through. We know…because we’ve all experienced such things. But the thing is that the absence of conflict doesn’t necessarily mean that everything is perfect either.
I want to reflect for a moment on the name of our church – Community Presbyterian Church. This name implies that we
value “community” – and I know this to be true. We are a church that cares deeply for the community we live in and we are a church that cares deeply for those who are part of our church
But I also know that community – you know: honest-to-goodness, authentic Christian community is so hard to come by. It
is something we all say we want, but we usually have no idea how difficult it is to bring into reality. Because if we are honest, the community we desire is always going to be filled with people. And
as Jesus reminds us, people are difficult. And because community is made up of difficult people (and by that, I just mean people!), community is a difficult ideal to achieve.
To put it simply, authentic community is hard to come by. But it’s worth it. Because when you find it, it’s like
discovering a little bit of the thin space between heaven and earth. And, as Jesus promises, when you gather together in this kind of community, amazing things happen because Jesus is with
So, I’d like to ask…what kind of community do you want to be a part of? What kind of community do you want this church
to be? What are you willing to do to get there? And maybe more importantly, what kind of community is God calling us to nurture, grow, and share?
I know things are tough right now. 25% capacity. Mask mandate. Distance learning. There is just a lot of everything
But I also think that this is just the perfect time to reflect on community. And how community matters. Because I
believe that Plainview needs Community Presbyterian Church.