Order of Worship Reminders for
“Men Of The Church” Sunday
- Affirm in the sermon the Mission Statement of Presbyterian Men with emphasis on Mission, Leadership, and Discipleship.
- Be specific in an invitation that invites not only making or remaking a commitment to Jesus Christ but also commitment to a particular ministry or mission of the church.
- Recognize a Church Man of the Year (www.pcusa.org/men).
Some ideas concerning men in mission, ministry, and partners in discipleship:
Gathering together in worship reminds us of who we are—children of God, joint heirs with Jesus Christ. Jesus calls us to co-labor with him in his kingdom. Presbyterian men are responding to that call in a wide variety of ways:
- Some men’s groups meet for a meal and study, and then work on projects around their church building—cleaning, painting, maintaining lighting and other systems that enable or enhance ministry.
- Some men’s groups organize to meet needs in their local congregation and community—fixing up and maintaining the homes of elderly, disabled, aiding handicap accessibility.
- Some men’s groups organize teams of men with professional skills to help urban churches in changing neighborhoods to assess their physical plants and determine how they might be remodeled to provide more effective ministry in their particular setting—architects, engineers, etc.
- Some organize trips to help victims of disaster—to the Gulf Coast, to flooded areas of the East Coast, to the Midwest victims of tornadoes—wherever there is need. Many work through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Many work with local congregations in communities directly affected by disaster.
- Some presbyteries gather information in a database about the skills and availability of volunteers to respond to specific needs (mucking out and cleaning up after a disaster, framing, hanging drywall, roofing, electrical work, plumbing, etc.)
- Some share in mission trips beyond our borders to build a building, to aid a ministry, to meet human need.
All share in our mutual calling to “be crucified with Christ and live by faith in the Son of God.”
What might God be calling us to do to “live by faith in the Son of God” as we continue to move into the 21st century?