What My Church Means to Me by Bruce and Judy Fritchman

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.”  Exodus 20: 8-11

Just as God “rested” on the seventh day after calling the world and the heavens into being, He designed a day of rest and refreshment as a special blessing for humanity, a sanctuary of time and space.  God understood our nature as human beings to become so caught up in the business of our daily lives we might fail to pause and acknowledge the goodness and beauty of His creation, and to live in harmony with each other.  The commandment carefully reminds us that the Sabbath was not given only to a select few; God extends this gift of keeping the Sabbath to all whom He has created.

Thirty years ago we were drawn to this sanctuary here at First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem because of its spirit of inclusiveness which actively embraced people of varied walks of life to join in harmony in keeping the Sabbath.

Now in this time of change, God continues to inspire us through sermons, prayers, sacraments, music, and fellowship in this sanctuary.  We are blessed by the opportunity to contemplate all that is right and “good” in His creation, and perhaps to glimpse an awareness of what eternity means.