The Compass – Finding Our Way Together
The Church’s One Foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord.
She is His new creation by water and the word.
From heaven He came and sought her to be His holy Bride.
With His own blood He bought her, and for her life he died.
Elect from every nation, yet one o’er all the earth,
her charter of salvation one Lord, one faith, one birth;
one holy name she blesses, partakes one holy food,
and to one hope she presses, with every grace endued.
Though with a scornful wonder this world sees her oppressed,
by schisms rent asunder, by heresies distressed,
yet saints their watch are keeping; their cry goes up: “How long?”
And soon the night of weeping shall be the morn of song.
Mid toil and tribulation, and tumult of her war,
she waits the consummation of peace forevermore;
till with the vision glorious her longing eyes are blest,
and the great church victorious shall be the church at rest.
Yet she on earth has union with God the Three in One,
and mystic sweet communion with those whose rest is won:
O happy ones and holy! Lord give us grace that we,
like them, the meek and lowly, may live eternally.
[The Church’s One Foundation by Samuel Sebastian Wesley, 1864, Hymn #442]
The foundation of the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church is Jesus Christ or it isn’t the church, and Jesus Christ is Lord of the Church. We are the Body of Christ and, as such, we each have our unique position and function all working together for the well-being of the whole body, members governed by the head, who is Jesus Christ. All of us are needed and our differentness, when approached with respect and love, can be the source of creativity, renewal, and life for the church.
Set forth below is an easy reminder of ways we can manage ourselves together in community, so that the mission of the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church can be discerned and accomplished. In this way the church can continue to serve with intelligence, energy, imagination, and love.
The Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church affirms the following:
The Presbyterian Church has a structure for managing all of the church’s concerns, as outlined in the Book of Order. We affirm that the Presbyterian Church is designed and rooted in our Biblical theology. When an issue arises that affects the church, it should be brought to the Pastor or to the Session. When the concern is about a staff member, we take it to the pastor. When the concern is about the pastor, we take it to the moderator of the Personnel Committee. There are various boards, committees and task forces to which appropriate matters may be taken. Mission, Worship, Deacons (pastoral needs, such as death, hospitalization, sickness, home bound, etc), Financial Management, Trustees (use of plant, maintenance of property, and repairs needed), Stewardship of resources, Conversation with Young Adults/Young Families are among these.
When members feel called to create a task force for an unaddressed issue, they are encouraged to bring it to the Session for approval.
It is Christ who is head of the church and we acknowledge that none of us has either all of the truth or the final word on any matter. We affirm that only truth in the context of love is the way of Jesus Christ and his church. Ephesians 1:22,23 & 4:11-16; Book of Order Chapter 1
Being followers of Christ means we are concerned for the well-being of all God’s children and all God’s creation, and we will pray for our friends and for those with whom we disagree. Gossiping and spreading rumors support neither others’ nor our own well-being. It is not consistent with what the Church is meant to be. In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets. Matthew 7:12.
We affirm that hospitality, or welcoming the stranger, is a high value throughout the Bible that we strive to embody. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Hebrews 13:2.
Opening our hearts to a least one can be one of the most important and valued influences in our lives and in the life of our church. We are called by Jesus to find ways as a church and individuals to care for the least ones in specific ways. Matthew 25:34-40