A Valentine's Day blessing: Engaging heads, hearts, and hands in the service of God
February 13, 2014
Greetings to members of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board, mid council executives, and friends,
While Valentine’s Day is not an official observance within the church, for Presbyterians—who so deeply value the life of the mind—it can serve as a special day for the heart, that we might engage our whole selves in the service of God.
One of the important ways in which head and heart work together is through studies that help us to understand what it means to be Presbyterian Christians in the world today. The Being Reformed: Faith Seeking Understanding studies are designed to draw our “heads, hearts, and hands . . . into the joys of discovering what new things God is calling us toward.”
A new Being Reformed study for adults has been written to help us renew our focus as leaders of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This is important work for us prior to—and during—the 221st General Assembly (2014), which will emphasize the six great ends of the church, which this study brings to life in significant and accessible ways.
Being Reformed: The Great Ends of the Church explores the interconnected unity of the great ends, the challenges they pose, and how to show and tell the gospel of God’s church. Written by Joseph D. Small—adjunct faculty at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, church relations consultant to the Presbyterian Foundation, and former director of the PC(USA) office of Theology and Worship—this six-session study from Congregational Ministries Publishing challenges participants to commit themselves to fostering the six great ends in their congregation, the community, and their personal lives.
I hope you will join me in celebrating Valentine’s Day by engaging your head, heart, and hands in order that we might grow daily in our faith and more fully become the leaders whom God has called us to be.
Happy Valentine’s Day, or—as we often say in our family—let every day be Valentine’s Day.