Highlights from Wednesday morning Synod Session 2014
Worship was led by Rev. Philip Bunch from First ARP Rock Hill, SC. “We should pray fervently and frequently that the Lord shall return. We get caught up praying for sickness, Bunch said. “We need to die to ourself so that Christ might reign as Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
Business continued with reports from Special Committees. A motion was passed to give churches, presbyteries, etc. until December 2014 to have all written policies in line with the new form of government without penalty.
There was discussion about a Complaint from Catawba Presbytery. After much discussion, the complaint has been sustained Synod has voted to endorse the RPCNA booklet on The Gospel and Sexual Orientation. Rev. Paul Patrick, Campus Minister at Erskine College, showed a video of the work with RUF and the Barn Ministry.
Alex Pettett, World Witness Executive Director, had a chance to speak to the floor of Synod about his vision for World Witness and his excitement of the opportunity. “I have a lot to learn but we are here to serve. We ask for your prayers,” Pettett said.
Rev. Morrie Lawing spoke to Synod on behalf of the Board of Trustees of Erskine College. “I challenge you to consider giving to your school,” Lawing said. “We are not out of the woods. We long for our school to be committed Christian liberal arts school. We need your support.”
Norman Harper Price, Providence ARP, NC, closed with prayer.