220.127.116.11 Availability of the pastor In pastoral ministry pastors are often expected to avail themselves for the needs of the people. Wagner asserts that “pastors should be available to his people twenty four hours a day and be willing to help them in any crisis or spiritual needs” (24). The empirical study affirms that people expect pastors to avail themselves for the needs of the people and to be present in the church at all times (Chart No.19-20 Cluster A). Harbaugh asserts that “many of the expectations are things a person can do but mostly at the cost of a great deal of time” (72). This demanding expectation has cost many pastors to sacrifice their personal and family needs in order to meet the unrealistic expectation of the people.
I came to the understanding that death is significant and bound to come for all of us. The only thing that we as individuals can do is spread the word of God and be able to make sense of things that are new to us. Being in the ministry placement of Parroquia Matriz de San Marcos Evangelista, I came to understand that being part of the church and doing church work brought me a kind of peace that was not possible before. This allowed me to have the thinking that there is no harm in opening to new challenges and trying to understand them in a better way. It is through challenges that I will understand how Church work is done and be able to make myself better at
Openness to Change My first Holy Communion is indeed a memory was unique out of all the fun memories I had when I was still young. Personally, my first Holy Communion was different, and I felt different after experiencing this as it was my first time to ever partake upon the body and blood of Christ. Weeks or even years before my first communion, my family and I attended mass every Sunday. Our Sunday routine would be that we would go and attend the 11:00 or the 11:30 mass and have lunch out afterwards. During the various masses, as a kid, I didn’t really understand much of what the priest is talking about.
The priest orated stories to inform and mainly pursue not to belittle one another’s experience on this planet. This was taken place at University of the Pacific’s Morris Chapel, Sunday evening. Though I can safely say that the majority of the audience consisted of frequent Catholic followers, I noticed a number of students who are also in COMM 27. Overall the speech was very compelling and easy to follow. I knew exactly when the priest transitioned from prayer to story from his use of attention grabbing device and critical pauses.
Christ helps the church universal by his presence there and his messages. Sometimes the church challenged this mark catholic, sometimes there were intolerant and discriminating. But now as is see in the church it is universal. For example a few weeks ago the priest from my church was embracing a very poor person to come in to the church and be part of it. Everyone embraced him and helped him with some money.
A couple of months ago we were asked to reflect on our religious experiences and write a short paper that details moments in our lives where we experienced grace or when we experienced doubt and confusion in regard to our faith. In it, I questioned the value of prayer in our lives as well as the nature of God himself because I believe he let all these bad things happen to the world even though he had the power to stop these things. In the two or three months that have passed I have learned a great number of things about our Faith and our God and it has changed how I view certain things. I know now that prayer is important and God is indeed helping us deal with all the evil in the world and additionally, although not found in my previous paper, that salvation is universal. In my first reflection paper, I questioned the importance of prayer in our lives.
He crafted that homily for us. It required that he read ahead of time and think hard. He had clearly done some additional reading on the topic. He probably spent some time in prayer. Then he delivered it and could only hope that people would listen and learn from what
No one had prepared me for such a moment. Yes, I heard testimonies in the previous years and some of the old saints could really testify. Yes, I had a few friends in the church who were already converted and in their own way talked to me about becoming a Christian. And yes the pastor of the church, Rev. Clarke would speak to me from time to time and tried to get me to commit myself to the Lord but in my early teens all these pleadings were of no avail and I just could not take Christianity seriously.
I am grateful for this special place which has been dedicated for the Saints. I love living here. I am grateful for church. I go to church every Sunday, and every time I go to church, I feel close to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Going to church reminds me of my potential and God’s love for His children including myself.