Comings and Goings is a blog written by Theology, Worship and Education Director Charles B. "Chip" Hardwick as he travels throughout the church. God is on the move out and about in the world, working to redeem all things in Jesus Christ. As we join this mission, by the power of the Spirit we see God on the move. This blog contains glimpses of how Chip finds this to be true in his comings and goings.
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While I was in Hong Kong recently, I got to know the youth director at the Union Church of Hong Kong. Brenna Dykman is a recent graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, and I had a great conversation with her about why she is leaving her former denomination in order to become Presbyterian Church (USA). I started to tell her, “Come on in; the water’s fine!”, but she was already convinced.
I was so grateful to spend time with the leaders of Union Church in Hong Kong recently, and especially for the chance to preach. You can find a video of my sermon, "Here Comes the Groom!" (based on Matthew 25:1-13, the Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids) by clicking here.
Last week while I was traveling in Asia I had the opportunity to do ministry at Union Church in Hong Kong. One unique opportunity I had while there was to moderate the ordination panel for a recent seminary graduate who is serving at the church. Since he is a member of a non-denominational congregation, Union Church wanted him to experience some kind of ordination exam similar to what Presbyterians undergo.