New Hope is hosting the Denver Presbytery's May Assembly meeting today. The Denver Presbytery consists of 52 congregations throughout the greater Denver area (we are on the southernmost end of it). Five times a year, ministers and Elders (in roughly equal number) gather to do the business of the Presbytery. This can include everything from ordaining ministers, funding special mission projects, acting on the recommendations of its various Work Groups, Committees and Task Forces, to commissioning people to various tasks and responsibilities. In fact, a little of each of these will transpire at today's meeting.
If you think this all sounds pretty boring, you may be right. For someone coming from the outside and looking in, much of what happens in a meeting like this can seem awfully dry (in fact, it can seem that way to people coming from the 'inside', too!). At the same time, this is important stuff. It may not rival the drama of the season finale of 'Lost', but what God does with all this diligent and hard work can be pretty dramatic. Lives get changed. Congregations are supported, guided and nurtured. The Kingdom of God is furthered.
Presbytery Assembly meetings are open to all. If you want to check out another part of how our Presbyterian Church works, you're welcome to attend. Dinner begins at 5 and the meeting begins at 6. We usually end by 9:30.