For the second year, Orangewood will be participating in the super-massive-pulpit-exchange. Well, I guess calling it super-massive is a bit of an exaggeration, but that is what preachers are good at. What will happen is that over the course of 2 weeks 5 different Presbyterian Churches from around the valley will swap preachers.
This means you get to hear some different voices from around the presbytery. It also means that Orangewood pastors Ken and Tully get to ‘test out’ their sermons on a different church before they deliver that sermon at OPC; so hopefully the quality of the preaching will be better the 2nd time around.
On Sunday April 23, Pastor Ken will preach at Faith Presbyterian in Sun City; and Orangewood will get to hear from Rev. Kristin Rice or Rev. Susan Moorefield (both are from Faith). On Sunday April 30, Pastor Tully will preach at Emmanuel PC; and Orangewood will get to hear Rev. Michael Hartwell from Crosswinds PC.
Why are we doing this?
As Presbyterians we are part of a connectional church. That means that we don’t do this faith thing alone. Ever! As Christians, we are called by God to be in constant community with one another. One Christian alone can’t worship. One Christian alone can’t be a church. We live out this connectional faith by praying for one another, and collaborating with one another in mission. We learn from each other. We share resources and ideas. And when things go really bad we step in and help one another.
Orangewood does this by including other Presbyterians on our Mission trips to Rocky Point & Honduras. Our youth visit the Ghost Ranch every summer with other youth from all over the country. And once a year, we swap preachers and listen to new points of view. Below are some quotes from some of the preachers involved last year.
Rev. Tully M. Fletcher IV
Over the last couple of years we have participated in a number of activities with either Emmanuel or Palo Cristi. Not only has Crosswinds enjoyed the experiences, it has given the congregation a real sense what it means to be a connectional church. We are not alone, but part of a larger community.
-Michael from Crosswinds
I am looking forward to meeting another congregation in Grand Canyon Presbytery during their Sunday Worship. It is always interesting and informative to join with other Presbyterians, learning about their worship services, and getting to know them as fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Participating in worship with Westminster will be a joy as we praise God together!
-Linda from Palo Cristi
I’m excited about participating in this pulpit exchange because Presbyterians are a connectional church. Often we only see each other for business – Worshipping and praying together is a chance for us to build relationships as sisters and brothers in Christ. I’m also excited for my church to hear from some very blessed preachers!
-Ken, from Orangewood