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8 years ago  ::  Feb 24, 2010 - 7:26PM #1
sterrettc
Posts: 89

Several Overtures are coming to the 219th General Assembly that are related to G-6.0106b.  I am posting this to encourage discussion here.


Overture 1 requests reinstating Authoritative Interpretations (AI) that were set aside by the 218th GA.  This overture comes from San Diego, and has concurrence from Beaver-Butler, Central Florida, Cherokee, Mid-South, Redstone, South Alabama, St. Andrew, Tropical Florida, Upper Ohio Valley, Washington, and Yukon.


Overture 17 calls for replacing the current language with the following:


Those who are called to ordained service in the church, by their assent to the constitutional questions for ordination and installation (W-4.4003), pledge themselves to live lives obedient to Jesus Christ the Head of the Church, as revealed in Holy Scripture, striving to follow where He leads through the authoritative witness of the Scriptures, and to understand the Scriptures through the instruction of the Confessions. In so doing, they declare their fidelity to the standards of the Church. Each governing body charged with examination for ordination and/or installation (G-14.0240 and G-14.0450) establishes the candidate’s faithful efforts to adhere to these standards.


This overture comes from Detroit, and has concurrence from Genessee Valley.


Overture 18 calls striking the current language with replacing it.  This overture comes from Hudson River, and has concurrence from New York City.


Overture 19 calls for replacing the current language with the following:


Those who are called to office in the church are to lead a life in obedience to Jesus Christ the Head of the Church, striving to follow him through the witness of the Scriptures, and through the historic discernment of those Scriptures expressed in the Confessions of the church. Living obediently, we are called to proclaim the Gospel to all peoples, to love neighbor and enemy, and to express the love of Christ in faithful relationships with others. Persons who are ordained and/or installed are nonetheless sinners in need of God’s grace. The governing bodies of the church are called to be communities of support and accountability, as together we labor to be an obedient people, and seek to be disciples of the living Christ.


This overture comes from Hudson River, and has concurrence from Cayuga-Syracuse.


Overture 30 calls for replacing the current language with the following:


Standards for ordained service reflect the church’s desire to submit joyfully to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all aspects of life (G-1.0000). The governing body responsible for ordination and/or installation (G.14.0240; G-14.0450) shall examine each candidate’s calling, gifts, preparation, and suitability for the responsibilities of office. The examination shall include, but not be limited to, a determination of the candidate’s ability and commitment to fulfill all requirements as expressed in the constitutional questions for ordination and installation (W-4.4003). Governing bodies shall be guided by Scripture and the confessions in applying standards to individual candidates.


This overture comes from Western Reserve, and has concurrence from Giddings-Lovejoy.


Overture 41 calls for replacing the current language with the following:


Jesus, the Head of the Church, has established standards for church officers (G-6.0101). These standards are contained in the Scriptures rightly understood in the light of the Confessions, and expressed in The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The constitutional questions for ordination and installation (W-4.4003) shall guide those responsible for examination as they discern with an individual that person’s calling, gifts, and preparation and their willingness to adhere to church standards. Those seeking office shall demonstrate their understanding of and affirm their willingness to adhere to church standards.


 This overture comes from Southern New England.


Overture 46 calls for replacing the current language with the following:


Those called to ordained service in the church, and having given assent to the constitutional questions for ordination and installation (W-4.4003), pledge themselves to live lives obedient to Jesus Christ, Head of the Church. In so doing, those ordained bind themselves, to the best of their ability, with the ever-present help of the Holy Spirit, to live according to the leading and witness of the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as mediated through the Confessions. In so doing, they thus declare their fidelity to the Standards of the Church. Foremost among these standards are the New Testament Epistolary ethical requirements for ordained officers of ministry, which include but are not limited to chastity in singleness and fidelity in monogamous, heterosexual marriage. Each governing body charged with examination for ordination and/or installation (G-14.0240 and G-14.0450) attests and affirms candidates’ sincere efforts to adhere to these standards and is responsible for the maintenance and administration of routine positive and negative discipline over those ordained.


This overture comes from Beaver-Butler.


Overture 47 calls for replacing the current language with the following:


Those who are called to office in the church are to lead a life in obedience to Jesus Christ the Head of the Church, striving to follow him through the witness of the Scriptures, and through the historic discernment of those Scriptures expressed in the Confessions of the church. Living obediently, we are called to proclaim the Gospel to all peoples, to love neighbor and enemy, and to express the love of Christ in authentic, faithful relationships with others. Persons who are ordained and/or installed are nonetheless sinners in need of God’s grace. The governing bodies of the church are called to be communities of support and accountability, as together we labor to be an obedient people, and seek to be disciples of the living Christ.


This overture comes from New York City.


Overture 52 calls for replacing the current language with the following:


Those who are called to ordained service in the church, by their assent to the constitutional questions for ordination and installation (W-4.4003), pledge themselves to live lives obedient to Jesus Christ the Head of the Church, striving to follow where He leads through the witness of the Scriptures and the interpretations of the confessions. In doing so, they declare their fidelity to the standards of the Church. Each governing body charged with examination for ordination and/or installation (G-14.0240 and G-14.0450) establishes the candidate’s faithful efforts to adhere to these standards.


This overture comes from Albany.

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8 years ago  ::  Feb 26, 2010 - 9:57AM #2
grampawombat
Posts: 269

My congregation originated overture 17. I consider it an honor to be associated with these folks.

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