Pastoral Care is Always Available for YouPr. Christopher Gillespie
WHEN SHOULD WE CALL, EMAIL, OR TEXT PASTOR? The short answer is: anytime! It might be helpful to clarify what you to ask and expect of me as your pastor. First, I am bound by the Holy Scriptures and my ordination vow to the following duties and responsibilities:
“Feed my Sheep”(John 21:17); Preaching the necessity of Christ death by crucifixion & that He rose from the dead on the third day(Luke 24:46); “Repentance and the forgiveness of sins be preached in His name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem”(Luke 24:47); Preach the Word—exposing sin, disprove false teaching, and comfort(2 Timothy 4:2); Ambassadors with the ministry of reconciliation in Christ’s forgiveness(2 Cor 5:17-21); Servant of Christ and steward of the mysteries of God, i.e. Word and Sacraments(1 Cor 4:1); Giving of the Lord’s Supper according to our Lord’s Word and instruction(1 Cor 11:23-25); Overseer/manager of the congregation(1 Timothy 3:1-7); Ordering the saints for the work of service to neighbor and the benefit of the Church(Ephesians 4:11-12)
Second, our congregations have inherited and retained official or public rites for the exercise of these duties:
Holy Baptism, Enrollment of Sponsors, First Communion, Examination & Confirmation, Reception of Members by Transfer or Confession of Faith, Farewell and Godspeed to Members, Excommunication from the Holy Christian Church, Restoration to the Holy Christian Church, Individual Confession & Absolution, Visiting the Sick and Distressed, Communion of the Sick and Aged, Service of the Word for other occasions, Blessing of the Mother after Childbirth, Holy Matrimony, Blessing of Civil Marriage, Anniversary of Holy Matrimony, Commendation of the Dying, Comforting the Bereaved, Funeral Service, Committal, Burial for a Stillborn or Unbaptized Child, Blessing of a Home, Blessing of a Bible for the home, Blessing of a Cross for the home, Blessing of Advent Wreath for the home, Blessing of a Nativity for the home
Therefore, when should you call, email, or text pastor? When should we ask him to visit? Whenever, e.g. for any of the above public rites of the church, at the time of birth, when you’re sick, at the time of death, in spiritual distress, with questions of faith and life, issues or needs in the home, questions about vocation, in times of celebration such as birthdays, anniversaries, engagement, graduation, in prison, in physical need, or in any physical danger.