Pastoral Letter 2010

Dear members and friends of Christ Community Church,

It’s January 1st and we all want this new year to be better than the last. Likewise, the leadership of CCPC wants to help you have a better year by encouraging you in your personal growth and maturity in God’s Word, and for our church to grow together. Here are a couple of suggestions about which you will hear more on Sunday and in the Newsletter (Hard copy available Sunday or email version on Monday).

  1. God’s Word – Do you have a plan for reading and meditating for the coming year?  General reading is a good thing to familiarize yourself with the Bible. Meditation is especially important as you take a portion of God’s Word and read it several times, using it as a basis of prayer for yourself and others. (See last week’s Word of Encouragement in the Newsletter.)
  2. Prayer – Please make it part of your daily prayer time to pray for revival in our church. If you missed last Sunday, please listen to the sermon on revival praying .
  3. Adult Bible Study and Children’s Sunday School – This is provided as a help for growth for you and your family. The time is not meant to be a learning of facts, rather fellowship around God’s Word so even if you “know it all” you can still be an encouragement by demonstrating your being a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Rick Richert has prepared a five week study on Worship and we encourage everyone in the church to participate. Of course, make sure your children take advantage of our Sunday School offerings where teachers who love the Lord, His Word, and the children seek to lead your children in the ways of the Lord.  This should be a priority of every family.
  4. Small Groups – if you are not part of a small group , please see Don Blank or one of the elders so you can get connected. If you are part of a small group, please make it a priority in the coming year to attend prepared and with a prayerful heart that God will use you to bless others in the group.
  5. Corporate Prayer Meeting – If there is a better time for you than Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. please let the elders know. When we as the church make the self sacrifice necessary to meet together to pray, God shows Himself great. It’s not because we have bargained with God, but because He always notices our self denial to follow Him.
  6. Men’s and Women’s ministries – It another special effort of getting up early or scheduling time on a Saturday, but it’s a means by which our church can be strengthened each time we meet together as men or women.
  7. Church Workdays – When you think of what the look of our church says about how much we care or don’t care, we all need to step it up in the coming year. There will be a work day scheduled at least once a quarter by the deacons, beginning this coming January 9th in which we will take down and store the Christmas decorations and begin the painting project in the Fellowship Hall by painting the rest rooms. Both buildings have needs in maintenance, painting, and general upkeep, repair, and organization. If you can help at times in addition to the work days, please communicate this to one of our deacons.  A church workday may seem like a low priority, but it’s important for church unity, fellowship, and the testimony we have in our community.
  8. Praying for the lost – As you leave the church property, please turn down one of the side streets or drive through one of the apartment complexes and pray for the lost people that surround us. According to the last statistic – 70% of the people in the Clearwater area are “unchurched.”

None of us have done all we could have done in these areas in the past year so we could all do better. Today is a great time to resolve to do better in the coming year by asking God for grace, strength, and determination.

Thank you for praying for me. I pray daily for you all that God will bless you and your family with a great year of knowing Him and His great love for you as you grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. To Him be glory in the church! Amen.

Godspeed,
Pastor Bob

P.S. Just a reminder to parents that there will be Children’s Sunday School this Sunday but there will be NO Training for The Pews. Please see the special guide for helping children during the worship service that is provided in the literature rack. Training for the Pews will resume on Sunday, January 10th.

Reverend Bob Brubaker’s Installation Service

I N S T A L L A T I O N   S E R V I C E


For Reverend Bob Brubaker as pastor
of Christ Community Presbyterian Church

Sunday, June 1, 2008 at 6:00 p.m.

Commission

Teaching Elders and Ruling Elders from Southwest Florida Presbytery

Teaching Elders

Keith Kneeshaw, Freddy Fritz, David Harding, Tom Sidebotham

Ruling Elders

Richard Lehman, Ray Collins, Heath Glandon, Don Blank, & others present


On Sunday, June 1, 2008 we, the congregation of Christ Community, met to install Reverend Bob Brubaker as Teaching Elder and pastor, following the Lord’s providence and under the leading of the Commission from Southwest Florida Presbytery.

Call to Worship

Psalms 100:1-5 (ESV)  Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! 2 Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! 3 Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! 5 For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

Confession Of Sin

Lord Jesus, I have sinned times without number, and been guilty of pride and unbelief, and of neglect to seek You in my daily life. My sins and shortcomings present me with a list of accusations, but I thank You that they will not stand against me, for all have been laid on Christ. Deliver me from every evil habit, every interest of former sins, everything that dims the brightness of Your grace in me, everything that prevents me taking delight in You. Amen

Response Of Assurance

Psalms 19:1-14 (ESV)
Leader:    The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
All:           2 Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.
Leader:    3 There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. 4 Their measuring line goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun, 5 which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
All:          6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them, and there is nothing hidden from its heat.
Leader:    7 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
All:          8 the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
Leader:   9 the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether.
All:          10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.
Leader:   11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. 12 Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults. 13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.
All:         14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Affirmation Of What We Believe

The Nicene Creed I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.  And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by Whom all things were made.  Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.  And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; Who proceeds from the Father and the Son; Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; Who spoke by the prophets.  And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.