Two Minutes of Pandemonium
Our little church on the hill, First Presbyterian Church of Littleton is historic, beautiful and very traditional.
We begin every service with a call to worship and a prayer of confession.
With each moment the tension and anticipation builds.
Yet we will slip in a song or two.
Then when we cannot take it much longer comes ‘the passing of the peace’.
“Peace be with you” is a greeting Jesus himself used with his disciples (Luke 24:36; John 20:19, 26). The apostle Paul opened each of his letters with the words “Grace and peace be with you” (Rom. 1:7; 1 Cor. 1:3; 2 Cor. 1:2).
We can hardly wait for the Pastor to say these words: “Peace be with you”.
Of course, our reply is: “And peace be with you”.
The Pastor’s reply: “Please share the Peace of Christ”.
Then, pandemonium erupts in our church’s sanctuary.
Even though we might have seen and greeted many of our fellow congregants and guests prior to service, we now leap out of our pews to once again greet, shake hands and hug one another. “The peace of Christ be with you”.
It is one of the most special times we share. Pandemonium indeed!
Sometimes it lasts only two minutes…but often a bit longer.
Our Pastors, cognizant of time constraints, try to coral and bring us back to order. Sometimes we obey, but often we just feel the need to share Christ’s Peace and take a little more time.
The Holy Spirit is powerful and amongst us at these times.
Fellowship is important at First Presbyterian Church of Littleton.
It doesn’t matter if you are a member or a first time guest.
We are all family and friends in Jesus Christ and we live and experience it at FPCL.
Jesus said: “For where two or three have gathered together in my Name, I am there in their midst.” (Mathew 18:20)
The Holy Spirit is truly among us.
Greetings, and blessings to you,
Come join our two (or more) minutes of pandemonium.