A Farewell Tribute

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A Farewell Tribute to Rev. Roger Scott Powers
July 10, 2016

13606968_797096747093035_6197597277267517102_nRoger – Twelve years ago, this congregation called you. We knew in our heart of hearts that you had the gifts to lead us forward. And in your heart of hearts, you discerned a call to be our pastor. We both felt the desire to be partners. And now, for similar reasons, you have been called to another church, and we are dissolving our very happy and fruitful partnership.

For 12 years, you have been our spiritual leader and guide. You have delivered beautifully crafted, thought-provoking, and often moving sermons from that pulpit. Our core values are also your core values. You have listened carefully and creatively when we have had concerns. To our delight, you have shared your musical ability, singing every week in the choir, playing both the saxophone and the piano, and occasionally even breaking out into song during a sermon. You have organized retreats that have refreshed and rejuvenated our spirits. You have been attentive to the thousand little administrative details that keep this place running. Your communications with us have been clear and sensitive. Your ministry among us has been complete even though your hours were only part-time.

13614955_797096780426365_7253800505779366938_nI know how genuinely modest and self-effacing you are, how you shy away from too much attention and praise, so in addition to proclaiming all that you have done for us, let me also mention a few things that you have not done for us!

You have not held our hand when we didn’t need it. You have not created in us an unhealthy dependency on you. You have not made decisions for us when it was appropriate for us to make them ourselves. No one could ever accuse you of being a control freak! You have not stepped in to resolve minor differences of opinion or even significant differences in theology. We are grateful for the things you have not done for us! You have been like a wise and even-handed parent. So we are ready for this transition because you have prepared us very well.

Last Sunday you shared your greatest fear: that when you leave, some of us will also decide to leave; that if our connection to Light Street is based more on our relationship to you than to God or to each other, then you have done us a disservice. You worry that if our focus is more on you rather than on God, then you have not your job. Let me assure you: you have done your job very well. You have always been consistent in pointing our focus toward God, not toward yourself. We get it. Don’t worry. We’re ready.

We have not said our final goodbyes, but I think that already we are standing confidently at the threshold of our parting. We are not clinging to our happy and fruitful 12-year partnership. We are celebrating our partnership even as we both look toward our respective futures and find ourselves taking our first small steps into them.

What is there left to say to you, Roger Powers, except THANK YOU and Godspeed to you and Susan.

— Julie Helms

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FED HILL FARMERS MARKET

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Fed Hill Farmers Mkt
The Federal Hill Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. Sponsored by Light Street Presbyterian Church, the market is conveniently located near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor at 809 Light Street (and E. Churchill St.) in historic Federal Hill. The market offers a great selection of locally grown, raised, and crafted items. Find and purchase the freshest produce & meats, along with sweet and savory prepared foods & drinks. Take home a prepared meal, or buy the fresh ingredients to make your favorite dish.

For more information, contact market manager Selina Scipio at FederalHillFarmersMarket@gmail.com

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WEDDINGS

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Have Your Wedding at Light Street Presbyterian Church

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and just two blocks from the Inner Harbor!

Whether you are straight or gay, you and your family and friends will find a warm welcome here.

An engaged couple meets with our pastor three times before the wedding to work on the service together and to look at the strengths of their relationship as well as its growing edges.

See our Wedding Policy for more information.

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Free Bus to Church!

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The Green Way to Attend Church!

Did you know if you live in Baltimore City and want to attend church without adding to your carbon footprint, you can ride a bus for FREE?  The Charm City Circulator Purple Line stops about a block from church on Light St. and runs along Charles St. and Light St./St. Paul St. every 10 minutes between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Sundays. The Purple Line connects to the Orange and Green lines, as well as the Water Taxi, for nearly complete coverage of the downtown, Harbor East, Charles Village and Tide Point neighborhoods.

During baseball and football seasons, when parking is at a premium and team pride rocks Federal Hill, use the Purple Line on Sundays to avoid traffic, eliminate frustrating parking place searches, and promote a greener, cleaner Baltimore.

Circulators are Ecosaver IV buses – low on carbon emissions, lower weight to reduce fuel use, and the smallest combustion engine on the market.

 

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Why Church?

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Why do we gather together each Sunday morning as a church?  What draws us to Light Street?  What value or meaning do we find here for our lives?

I imagine some of us come here because we want to experience God, and when we gather here together for worship, God feels just a little bit closer to us.  Maybe it’s the beauty of the sanctuary.  Maybe it’s the music.  Maybe it’s hearing God’s word read and interpreted.  Something about worshiping in this place touches us and helps us experience the presence of God more deeply.

I suppose others of us come here because we want be better people.  We are attracted to Jesus as a model for our lives.  And in the church we have the opportunity to learn about the life and teachings of Jesus and to be supported in our efforts at following him.

Some of us are part of the church because we want to make the world a better place.  The church offers us opportunities to serve others, to build bridges of understanding and reconciliation between peoples and nations, and to advocate for human rights, justice, and peace — locally, nationally, and internationally.

Still others of us come here because of the people.  In a world where so many individuals are isolated and alone, this congregation provides us with community.  It gives us a sense of belonging.  It is a place where people care for one another and support one another.  It is a place where friendships are built and relationships nurtured.

I suspect that most of us are part of Light Street Presbyterian Church because it has touched our lives in some important way, because it has met some spiritual need in each of our lives that was not being met elsewhere.

 

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An Earth Care Congregation

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Light Street Presbyterian Church is Certified as an Earth Care Congregation!

Light Street Presbyterian Church was certified as an Earth Care Congregation by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Environmental Ministries on December 16, 2010.  This honor speaks to the great commitment that Light Street Presbyterian Church has to caring for God’s earth.

To become an Earth Care Congregation, Light Street Presbyterian Church affirmed the Earth Care Pledge to integrate environmental practices and thinking into all facets of its church life and completed projects and activities in the fields of worship, education, facilities, and outreach.

The Earth Care Congregation certification is designed to recognize churches that make the commitment to take seriously God’s charge to “till and keep” the garden.

“It is exciting that Light Street Presbyterian Church is dedicated to stewardship of God’s earth.  The congregation’s actions and commitment are an inspiration to people of faith who are answering God’s call to care for the earth,” said Katie Holmes, associate for Environmental Ministries.

The Earth Care Congregations program was started in 2010 by PC(USA) Environmental Ministries.  The goal of the program is to inspire churches to care for God’s earth in a holistic way, through integrating earth care into all of their church life.  The Earth Care Congregations certification honors churches that make that commitment and encourages others to follow their example.  For more information on the Earth Care congregations program go to www.pcusa.org/environment.

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The Rainbow Church

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Light Street Church — The Rainbow Church in the heart of Federal Hill

Two 8-foot rainbow banners grace the front of our church building, heightening our visibility in the community and making public our commitment as a welcoming and inclusive congregation.

Rainbows are signs of the covenant made between God and the earth.  Rainbows are reminders of God’s covenant with Noah and with every living creature for all future generations that there would never again be a flood to destroy the earth.  In keeping with God’s Rainbow Covenant, we seek to be good stewards of God’s creation, promoting values of ecological justice and sustainability.

Rainbows are symbols of racial and ethnic diversity.  Rainbows remind us that God’s people come in many different colors.   Black, brown, red, yellow, and white — we are all precious in God’s sight.    We welcome people of all races and ethnicities into our congregation.

Rainbows are symbols of welcome to the gay and lesbian community.  Rainbows tell gay and lesbian persons (and their families and friends) that our church is a safe place where they will find love and acceptance.   We welcome all people into full participation in the life of our congregation, regardless of sexual orientation.

 

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