Ridglea Presbyterian: And They Went Together
Sunday, July 29 marked the final worship service for Ridglea Presbyterian Church at its Camp Bowie location in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Led by Rev. Dr. Ryan Baer, (pictured above with Rev. Dr. Jan DeVries) the service welcomed over 300 worshipers along with colleagues in ministry from Grace Presbytery to celebrate the sacrament, decommission the building, and join in fellowship.
Rev. Baer’s message focused on Genesis 12:1-4 and the move to a temporary location on River Oaks, while preparations continue at the church’s ultimate destination (5000 Southwest Blvd., Ft. Worth.)
“When I think about buildings and boxes and furniture, my blood pressure goes up. But when I think about the disciples of Jesus who use those buildings as a tool for God’s mission, my blood pressure goes down.
And so we’re going to go, and we’re going to go together.
Because the Lord came to Ridglea Presbyterian Church and said, ‘I want you to go from your building and your land and what’s been comfortable and familiar, and go to a land that I will show you. I’m going to continue making you a great congregation, not for your own sake, but so that you will be a blessing. I will bless all the ones who bless you, and if some poor soul is foolish enough to mess with you, I’ve got your back. And in and through you, my dear people, I will bring about the blessing of all the families of the earth.’
So Ridglea went, just as the Lord had told them. They were 75 years old when they departed Camp Bowie.
And they went together.”
Rev. Dr. Warner Bailey, honorably retired member of Grace Presbytery and pastor of Ridglea from 1982-2004, offered comforting words of prayer and anticipation.
“Finally, a blessing upon this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to wipe the slate clean, and with a marvelously gifted pastor and superbly trained staff, with a corps of strong leaders, with a happy group of children, youth, and seasoned members, go forth in joy, with steady step, with grit, with grace, with hope and trust. I will be on pins and needles to see your rebirth.”
Rev. Dr. Ryan Baer serves as pastor and head of staff for Ridglea Presbyterian Church, which is currently worshiping at 4350 River Oaks Boulevard in Ft. Worth.
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