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The United Presbyterian Church Of Lyndhurst

A Member of the South Bergen Larger Parish.

511 Ridge Road Lyndhurst, NJ 07071                  

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Linda Van Kampen, Certified Lay Pastor

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Available For learners of all ages.....

Everyone is welcome!

What Presbyterians Believe About

 


The Holy Spirit

"God the Holy Spirit fulfills the work of reconciliation in us.  The Holy Spirit creates and renews the church as the community in which we are reconciled to God and to one another.  The Spirit enables us to receive forgiveness as we forgive one another and to enjoy the peace of God as we make peace among ourselves.  In spite of our sin, the Spirit gives us power to become representatives of Jesus Christ and his gospel of reconciliation..." (from the Presbyterian Confession of 1967)

"God the Holy Spirit fulfills the work of reconciliation in us.  The Holy Spirit creates and renews the church as the community in which we are reconciled to God and to one another.  The Spirit enables us to receive forgiveness as we forgive one another and to enjoy the peace of God as we make peace among ourselves.  In spite of our sin, the Spirit gives us power to become representatives of Jesus Christ and his gospel of reconciliation..." (from the Presbyterian Confession of 1967)

"God the Holy Spirit fulfills the work of reconciliation in us.  The Holy Spirit creates and renews the church as the community in which we are reconciled to God and to one another.  The Spirit enables us to receive forgiveness as we forgive one another and to enjoy the peace of God as we make peace among ourselves.  In spite of our sin, the Spirit gives us power to become representatives of Jesus Christ and his gospel of reconciliation..." (from the Presbyterian Confession of 1967)

 

The early church believed that the Holy Spirit was given to the community of believers for the building up of the work of Christ.  Individuals received the power of the Holy Spirit, but it was always ratified by the community and did not operate for individual gain or glory.  Even the Apostle Paul, who had an encounter with the risen Christ, received the power of the Spirit when he was being cared for by a community of believers.

 

The Holy Spirit makes new understanding possible.  When "tongues as of fire" were distributed over the disciples on Pentecost, they were given the ability to be heard and understood by everyone around them, in every language and in every condition of life.  Differences were resolved and the community of faith shared everything in common, devoting themselves to the work of Christ without worrying about rank or credentials.  We are told that miraculous healings and casting out of demons took place.

 

So it's fair to ask, in the 21st century, if the Holy Spirit is still at work.  At least in the Presbyterian church, we don't have the ecstatic gifts showing up in worship, with people speaking in tongues or being slain in the Spirit.  Miraculous healings occur out of the sight of the believing community, and demons seem better suited to popular movies than confrontation by people of faith.

 

But I believe the answer is yes-the Holy Spirit is still at work.  Our community in the South Bergen Larger Parish is "tuned" to hear and see its work, not in ecstatic gifts, but in the fellowship what we share, and in the lives that are touched by our ministries, and in the power of prayer.  Every time we take a bag of food to the food pantry, every time we offer a community meal to someone who is hungry, in body or in Spirit, ever time we find a new opportunity and people light up with the possibilities for glorifying God, the Spirit is at work.



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Please Note the following Summer Places of Worship!

 

June 2013 Lyndhurst @ 10:15AM

 

July 2013 Moonachie @ 11:00AM

 

August 2012 Lyndhurst @ 10:15AM

 

(No services in Lyndhurst during July 2013, but shuttle service will be provided back and forth to Moonachie. Shuttle service will leave the Lyndhurst Church at 10:30AM).

 

The Thrift Shop will be closed during the summer and reopen on September 14, 2013 due to the construction being done at the church. Please note: the Thrift Shop is open on the second and fourth Saturdays from 9 to 11.

 

The Church will be replacing the boiler after all these years. If anyone would like to contribute to help offset the cost, we would be ever so grateful.

 

Sunday School is closed for the summer and will be reopening on September 8 at 9 AM. All children of school age are welcome.

 

 

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