Rev. Dr. Murdoch MacPherson–Pastor Mac–passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 13, 2017, surrounded by his family and pastor at Morristown Memorial Hospital. He was 74. The Resurrection Liturgy will be on Sunday, August 20th at 3:00pm at Faith Lutheran Church, 524 South Street, New Providence. Please see http://famfaith.org/directions-2/ for directions and parking information. Overflow seating will be available and internet streaming (if available) information will be posted prior to the service at famfaith.org
On May 20, 1970, Pastor Mac was ordained in Ocean City, NJ. For almost five decades, Pastor Mac spent his life as a faithful servant of God, determined to help all those in need and speak for those who had no voice. From the mountains of Africa to the hills of Tennessee to the streets of Newark, Pastor Mac was constantly reminded of God’s grace through a ministry that enabled him to share the hope and promise of God with all of God’s children.
A life-long student, Pastor Mac received his Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University, his Master of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and his Doctor of Ministry from the Graduate Theological Foundation following studies at Notre Dame and Ancillia. He strove to pass on his knowledge through countless bible studies and forums and served for more than three decades as a guest lecturer at the College of St. Elizabeth. He was a Holocaust Resource Educator at Drew University and the College of St. Elizabeth, where he also served on the Advisory Board for the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education.
In 1970, Pastor Mac was called to Grace Lutheran Church in Trenton, NJ, until his duties were expanded with a parish partnership between Grace and St. Bartholomew where he served both congregations. In 1976, Pastor Mac was called to Trinity Lutheran Church in Dover, NJ, where he remained until 1982. His final calling was to Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence, NJ. He has served Faith passionately and selflessly for almost 35 years.
MORNING WATCH DAILY DEVOTIONS
July 9-15, 2017
The third of our goals for this week together is to “enable us to live in Christian community, with worship as a key part of our week.” With that in mind, we begin and end each day with worship. Each morning by 7:40, we are all out of our trailers and in a private, quiet space to have at least 10 minutes of devotion time using the following guide. It has scripture for each day, as well as a guided reading to spur your prayer and thoughts. Our themes each morning come from the daily programs for our Day Camp this week. Each of our lessons talks about how God empowers and equips us for our daily ministry, enabling us to be the servant people that we are called to be. And then at 7:50, we gather at the pavilion for our morning worship. Let this time enrich your week and your growth in faith.
“How majestic is your name in all the earth!” ~ Psalm 8:1b
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Be sure not to miss this Sunday’s Music at Faith Benefit Concert, “Music of Count Basie”, with the all-star 524 South Band. Proceeds from the event will go directly to Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss. Imagine provides peer-led grief support services for children and families who have lost parents or loved ones. Services are free of charge for all who attend. For more information, go to http://www.imaginenj.org
Members of the band include jazz musicians who have worked with Harry Connick, Jr., Count Basie, Duke Ellington and many of the top big bands currently on the scene. Max Morden directs and will provide fascinating commentary on the music as the band plays selections from every decade of the bands’ existence…a rare occasion to hear this music as it was meant to be heard in our acoustically perfect sanctuary.
The concert will be at 4pm on June 11, 2017 in the sanctuary at Faith Lutheran Church, 524 South St., New Providence, NJ. A free-will donation will be collected at the concert to benefit Imagine. Parking is available on-site and on local streets north of the church. Pre-concert piano music provided by Leonieke Scheuble, winner of the 2017 NJ Governor’s Award in Arts Performance.
For the scheduled performers, please click on “more” below