Fairmont is seeking a new Praise and Worship Leader!
1. Serve as the Leader of the Fairmont Presbyterian Church Praise and Worship Team
2. Lead the musical offerings of the weekly 8:30 a.m. Sunday casual worship service.
1. Excellence in musical performance and leadership
2. Energetic and contagious enthusiasm for sharing faith through worship
3. Demonstrated ability to collaborate with others in worship and ministry
For more information, click here.
Fairmont Presbyterian Church offers both in-person and online worship!
To Care for the Body of Christ:
1. We INVITE everyone who wishes to wear a face mask to do so. Masks are available at each
2. We DO NOT REQUIRE fully vaccinated individuals to wear masks.
3. We REQUEST individuals who are not fully vaccinated wear masks.
4. Please observe pew closures and appropriate social distancing.
5. Please wear a nametag.
6. Please love and care for each other.
You can stay up to date with Fairmont’s response to the COVID pandemic by clicking HERE.
Thank you for your patience and compassion, and for being the body of Christ.
Casual Worship Service – 8:30am, Fellowship Hall
Traditional Worship Service – 10:30am, Sanctuary
Traditional Online Worship Service – 10:30am, Livestream
Reflection on Scripture
June 16, 2021 – Mark 9:30-37
In a bit over a week, the Tokyo Olympic games will commence. We tend to forget that the Olympic Games were originally understood primarily as a religious celebration to honor the pagan gods (Zeus, Apollo, Athena, etc). Every four years, contestants, priests, poets, and playwrights from throughout the Hellenistic world would travel to the shrine at Olympia to offer up the very best in human performance as a sacrifice to and a celebration of their gods, who not coincidentally were an awful lot like them. Human excellence, achievement, and power, which they summarized with the term Arete, which simply means “excellence,” was their ambition and aim both for the gods and for humans. And judging by Facebook, it still is.
With that in mind, Jesus’ response to the question of the nature of true greatness is odd, offensive, and confusing. Gods are supposed to manifest their divinity through power, wisdom, and beauty, not self-emptying, sacrifice, and death. And human beings are supposed to manifest their greatness through the same expressions, not mercy, charity, and love. But the way things are “supposed to be” is exactly what Jesus came to overturn and offer us something better.
He takes a child, not as an example, but as a living, breathing, person in need of our care, compassion, and mercy. “You want to know if you are great,” he asks his disciples. “Then tell me what you will do for this little girl?” he asks them as he holds her close. It is not the answer that the disciples, or the Olympians, or anyone else in his world had considered. But it seems to be the answer that God gives when God shows us perfectly what God’s own care, compassion, and mercy towards undeserving nobodies looks like. It looks like Jesus.