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New worshiping communities, immigrant congregations, institutional mistrust by young people, a new Presbyterian hymnal and ever-shifting cultural norms are all influencing the way we worship and do church today. Discover how the Holy Spirit is moving in the PC(USA) and shaking things up . . . reformed and always reforming! Read digital edition
Featured Stories from this Issue
Korean-American churches navigate cultural changes
First-, second- and “1.5-generation” Korean-Americans are learning to find common ground as they worship God and educate the next generation.
Mission work isn’t just a Cinderella story
Becoming a mission partner takes commitment, humility and a willing spirit to forge a give-and-take, long-term relationship.
A mother’s odyssey to understand her transgender child
Love and unwavering determination saved her child’s life and helped pave the way for self-acceptance and happiness.
Celebrating Triduum — the Great Three Days of Holy Week
Reviving the church’s ancient celebration of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the Great Sabbath and the Great Vigil of Easter
Go Figure: What Presbyterians agree are the key concepts of faith
God’s grace in Christ.
Justice for God’s World: Faith vs. Fear
What the Bible mandates about welcoming aliens and strangers should trump our worries about “outsiders.”
Lenten Devotional for 2017
This year’s Lenten devotional by Jodi Craiglow invites us to join 47 biblical figures—one for each day of Lent—who encounter Jesus during his earthly life and ministry. Speaking in unique, first-person conversational form, these characters tell us “in their own words” what they’ve seen and learned. They draw us in to share their joys and struggles, and help us understand Jesus in a newer, richer way. The narratives are rounded out with a daily Scripture reading and short prayer.
Along with the text, Meeting Jesus includes a collection of multimedia artwork from Creation Lab in Chicago featuring ancient Lenten symbols expressed in a contemporary, urban style.
Meeting Jesus is perfect for congregations, families, and individuals.
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PASTOR OF CONGREGATIONAL CARE Our evangelical, independent Presbyterian church in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico is seeking a Pastor of Congregational Care for our English-language congregation. We just completed a 20,000 square-foot church building/ministry center — completely debt-free. The church ministers to a growing community on the shore of Lake Chapala, in a safe and beautiful part of Mexico, only 45 minutes from Guadalajara’s international airport. The area boasts one of the best climates in the world and a low cost of living. For details about this position and Lakeside Presbyterian Church, please visit lpcchapala.org.
COLLEGE CHAPLAIN Lyon College seeks a dynamic person to serve as College Chaplain. The Chaplain develops and leads the campus ministry program, serves as pastor to students, staff and faculty, persistently works to strengthen the spiritual life of the campus, functions as liaison between the College and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and may teach one religion course each semester. The successful candidate will be an ordained Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) minister; have excellent organizational, oral, and written communication skills; possess the ability to relate to and inspire college students; and have earned a minimum of a Masters of Divinity. A liberal arts background, teaching experience, and additional graduate work are preferred. Lyon College is a national liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It is located in the foothills of the Ozarks in Batesville, Arkansas, a safe and convenient town of 10,000 that serves as commercial, medical, social, and governmental hub for an eight-county area. The College enrolls around 700 students from twenty-five states and eleven foreign countries on its picturesque 136-acre campus. Entering freshmen have an average HSGPA of 3.6 and an average ACT of 25. Lyon College is an equal opportunity employer. Send letter of application, resume (including graduate transcripts), and the names and telephone numbers of three references to: Ms. Clarinda Foote, Director of Human Resources, P.O. Box 2317, Batesville, AR 72503-2317 or electronically to Jobs@lyon.edu. The starting date is no later than August 1, 2017. Review of application materials will continue until the position is filled.
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SOLO PASTOR Heritage Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, Virginia, seeks a full-time SOLO PASTOR whose passionate love for Jesus and His church will bring vibrancy, vision, and innovation to this 166 member congregation as it seeks to fulfill God’s will in this historic part of the National Capital region, once a part of George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate. We seek a pastor who is theologically sound and comfortable with the theology of the Reformed tradition and will enjoy caring for a congregation that includes members with business, government and military backgrounds. For a look at our day-to-day worship and outreach, as well as our MIF, Mission Study and Annual Reports, see the Heritage Presbyterian Church Web Site: www.heritagechurchva.org. PIFs and other correspondence can reach the Heritage PNC through its secure email at
SOLO PASTOR FOR DIVERSE BOSTON-AREA CONGREGATION We’re looking for a solo Presbyterian pastor to help us live out our mission to “Do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God.” Our congregation on the outskirts of Boston seeks to welcome all people to experience God’s love. We come from around the world, and join together in traditional Presbyterian worship. If you think you might be called to be our Teaching Elder, please visit burlingtonpres.org/BeOurPastor.
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