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Epiphany: Meeting God
Epiphany is all about celebrating God’s self-revelation to the world. God promises that the divine covenant of grace is extended to everyone who believes the good news of Jesus Christ. This issue of Presbyterians Today tells you about some of Epiphany’s venerable ancient traditions and shares stories of how God is at work in life every day. Read digital edition
Featured Stories from this Issue
A centuries-old “chalking” and house blessing bring the memory of the Magi into our homes.
Facing racism — a meal at a time
A North Carolina congregation extends an unwavering welcome to Muslim neighbors.
Ways to turn a season of consumption into a season of just living
Mary’s valuable lesson
What Presbyterians Believe: How Jesus’ mother reflects God’s love
‘Melting Pot’ no longer!
Immigrants bring cultural differences that can revive the church
How churches use data to reveal mission and ministry opportunities
Go Figure: do-it-yourself research tools for congregations
2018 Lenten Devotional from Presbyterians Today
Jesus and the Prophets
The season of Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and contemplation of the power and promise of the paschal mystery. Perhaps there are no better models of how to live Lent than the prophets.
There is a potent connection between Jesus and the prophets. The prophets communicated the word of God; Jesus is the Word of God. The prophets predicted the coming of the prince of peace; Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Not only did Jesus continue the prophetic ministry, he is the fulfillment of the prophetic mission.
The Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, PC(USA) pastor, board trustee for Union Presbyterian Seminary and director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness in Washington, D.C., has assembled a collection of challenging daily reflections, Scripture and prayers to help us on our Lenten journey. The Lenten Devotional features oil paintings by Steven Burgess, an artist from upstate New York who is a member of First United Presbyterian Church in Salem, N.Y.
The 2018 Lenten Devotional is perfect for congregations, families and individuals.
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PASTOR Niccolls Memorial Presbyterian Church, located among the mountains and lakes of the Adirondack Mountains in northern New York state, seeks a pastor to join us and guide us on our spiritual journey. Through meaningful worship, adult and youth education classes, a dynamic music program, and a commitment to mission, our church continues to grow in our experience of God’s presence. We are a vibrant and energetic congregation, with a wide range of ages including families. Deeply integrated with our community we seek to live out Christ’s love in thought, word and deed, and believe we must be a voice for peace and justice in our world. We are looking for a pastor to help us deepen our spiritual walk while honoring our rich history in this beautiful part of God’s world. Visit our website at niccolls.org, view our MIF#06010.ACO on CLC, learn about our area at oldforgeny.com, and contact us at Chris Kraft, email@example.com.
ANSWER THE CALL Called to Love is a new book that follows the lectionary (Cycle B) with brief essays and reflection questions that connect Scripture to real life. This isn’t only a book you read, it’s a book you use. The author, John Yeager, is the Pastor of Eleanor Presbyterian Church in West Virginia. Searching for a small group discussion guide, John found little success, so he set out to write Called to Love. John’s purpose for this book is to help others persevere in their spiritual walk — “to the ends of the Earth.” To review or order Called to Love, visit www.calledtolove.co. Contact Pastor John Yeager at firstname.lastname@example.org and 304-360-1198.
3 ORDAINED MINISTER POSITIONS Grace Presbyterian Church, located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is searching for three ordained ministers: a full-time Lead Minister, Vision and Worship, a full-time Associate Minister, Engagement and Service, and a part-time Associate Minister, Children and Youth. We’ve completed a thorough process of discerning better who we are, and where God is leading us in our urban context. We’re actively living out a new vision and mission, and we’re looking for leaders who can help inspire us to become meaningfully engaged with our community and grow disciples. For more information about the congregation and the positions, please visit www.gracechurchcalgary.com/MinisterSearches.
Scottish-born Presbyterian author has just published 2 children’s Christian ebooks! Young readers will not only have Scripture’s messages retold but also learn about life, customs and worship in the founding country of our Church. Ideal for Christmas gifts! www.glasgowgirl.com
HEAD PASTOR First Presbyterian Church, Fort Wayne — an urban church with a congregation established in 1831 — located in Indiana’s second largest city, is seeking a dynamic head pastor!
We are bringing faith alive through friendly, welcoming, family-oriented programs and church services. We offer traditional worship and progressive theology combined with thought-provoking sermons. Our ministry includes a progressive and successful theater, art and music program, a thriving Korean ministry, and a Day School.
Our mission statement is: Transforming lives through the love of Jesus Christ, and we do so by being inclusive and welcoming to all. Please consider joining our church family!
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DIRECTOR OF YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULT MINISTRIES Hodges Boulevard Presbyterian Church, Jackson-ville, Fla., is looking for an energetic person, passion- ate about ministry with youth (6th-12th grades) & young adults (college-age up to 26). Experience in creating/directing multi-faceted programs for youth & young adults in church setting preferred. Responsibilities include planning events & group activities; conferences & mission trips; visiting youth, their families & young adults; organizing & implementing educational programs; & recruiting volunteers.
Required: a lifestyle demonstrating an under-standing of the grace of Christ, the love of God, & importance of peace & unity in the church; previous relevant experience including social networking; a firm understanding of the Reformed tradition of the Christian faith.
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SOLO PASTOR First Presbyterian Church in downtown Morgantown, WV, is a progressive, inclusive and reformed congregation searching for a shepherd and a prophet. The congregation has a long history of community involvement and engagement, expects participatory, vibrant worship, strong educational leadership, and nurture of members’ spiritual growth and care. Its vision is for a ministry based on biblical understanding and response to God’s call, including student ministry and support, a town/gown relationship with West Virginia University, and a voice in community affairs and participation in the wider Presbyterian and Christian community. It is a congregation of many ages with a vision for ministry that cares for God’s people, prioritizing social justice and inclusiveness, and is lived out through several activities and activisms. For more information, contact John A. Bolt, chair, pastor nominating committee. Email: email@example.com.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF HOMILETICS McCormick Theological Seminary, a seminary of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) with Reformed, ecumenical, cross-cultural and urban commitments, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level beginning as early as July 1, 2018. We seek a versatile, multifaceted, collaborative, practical theologian to teach primarily in the field of homiletics. The candidate should have a secondary area of expertise.
Candidates should possess a research doctorate; experience in and commitment to Christian ministry that may include ordination; innovative work with urban ministry, nonprofit organizations, social entrepreneurs, and emergent forms of 21st century ministry; cross-cultural competence, experience and pedagogy; and facility and experience with hybrid and/or online technology. Strong preference will be given to candidates who can teach in Spanish, have expertise in LatinX hermeneutics, and can engage a diverse community of students and scholars.
A letter of interest, curriculum vitae, detailed descriptions of two proposed courses (one introductory course, the other in an area of specialization), and a writing sample should be sent as an email attachment to Jennifer Ould, Assistant to the President and Dean of the Faculty, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications on January 15, 2018. McCormick Theological Seminary is committed to building a diverse faculty; we strongly encourage applications from women and persons of color. McCormick Theological Seminary is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, SCRIPTURE McCormick Theological Seminary, a seminary of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) with Reformed, ecumenical, cross-cultural, and urban commitments, invites applications for a faculty position at the Assistant Professor level beginning as early as July 1, 2018. We seek candidates with a research doctorate in Bible, with a specialty in either Old Testament/Hebrew Bible or New Testament, and who are able to teach the languages of both Testaments. Candidates should demonstrate excellence or the promise of excellence in scholarship and teaching, should have a commitment to preparing people for leadership in ministry, should be open to interdisciplinary teaching, and should have facility and experience with hybrid and/or online technology.
The position is a three-year contract position. The position will be reviewed in the second year to determine whether to extend it, and if so, whether as a contract or a tenure-track position. Strong preference will be given to candidates who can teach in Spanish, have an expertise in LatinX hermeneutics, and can engage a diverse community of students and scholars. A letter of interest, curriculum vitae, detailed descriptions of two proposed courses (one introductory course, the other in an area of specialization), and a writing sample should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Jennifer Ould, Assistant to the President and Dean of the Faculty at email@example.com.
The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications on January 15, 2018. McCormick Theological Seminary is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty; we strongly encourage applications from women and persons of color. McCormick Theological Seminary is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer.
PRESBYTERIAN SCHOOLS ASSOCIATION INAUGURAL RECEPTION All educators, Board members, clergy and church staff affiliated with Presbyterian independent schools — schools of any age and grade level, ranging from preschool through 12th grade — are invited to attend the inaugural reception for the Association of Presbyterian Schools on March 8. The reception will be held during the National Association of Independent Schools’ Annual Conference and will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN, Grand Ballroom B, 100 CNN Center NW in Atlanta, Georgia. Food and beverages will be provided, and the event is free of charge. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Malcolm Lester, Head of School of National Presbyterian School in Washington, D.C., at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-537-7580. All are welcome!
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Presbyterians Today is the award-winning, general-interest magazine of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Published 6 times a year, it explores practical issues of faith and life, tells stories of Presbyterians who are living their faith and covers a wide range of church news and activities. Presbyterians Today features easy-to-understand articles about what Presbyterians believe, Bible study and devotional helps, and provocative commentary on the church’s role in society.
Presbyterians Today continues the mission of denominational magazines dating back to the late 1800s. Among these are its immediate predecessors: Presbyterian Survey, Presbyterian Life and A.D.
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Presbyterians Today seeks to:
- Report in a fair, accurate and balanced way on the activities of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and of its members, leaders and mission partners.
- Uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
- Illuminate the faith and heritage that bind Presbyterians together.
- Express the rich diversity within the denomination.
- Challenge readers to grow in their commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord.
- Provide a Christian perspective on contemporary issues.
- Be a source of inspiration, spiritual direction and practical tools for life and ministry.
- Reflect the denomination’s priorities: evangelism, justice, spiritual formation and leadership development.
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Presbyterians Today Guidelines for Writers and Photographers
Presbyterians Today, published by the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is a national magazine about Presbyterian mission and ministry. It is published 6 times a year. Most readers are loyal, long-time subscribers. While they vary in age, gender, and geographic location, most readers are married, active in their church and community, affluent and well-educated. About a quarter of PT readers are active clergy; the balance are church members.
Presbyterians Today seeks to
- demonstrate the impact of the activities of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its members, leaders and mission partners, in a fair, accurate and uplifting way
- use east-to-understand language free from specialized or technical jargon and acronyms
- uphold and advance the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Presbyterian Mission Agency
- use inclusive and expansive language, making use of bias-free and non-paternalistic terms, balancing female and male references and ensuring that language about God reflects the many images of God available to us through Scripture
- illuminate the faith and heritage that bind Presbyterians together
- through words and images, show respect and equality for the rich diversity (theological perspective, race, ethnicity, ancestry, sex, gender, identity, sexual orientation and mental or physical condition) within the PC(USA)
- challenge readers to grow in their commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord
- provide a Christian perspective on contemporary issues
- serve as an inspiration and resource for life and ministry
- reflect the denomination’s vision, mission and priorities
Presbyterians Today welcomes contributions from freelance writers. Preferred maximum length is approximately 1,500 words.
Appropriate subjects include
- profiles of interesting Presbyterians and of unique activities or mission projects of Presbyterian members or congregations
- issues of current concern to the church
- how individuals and families express their Christian faith in significant ways or relate their faith to the problems of society
Most articles have some direct relevance to a Presbyterian audience, although Presbyterians Today also seeks well-informed articles that can help individuals and families cope with the stresses of daily living from a Christian perspective.
Fiction, poetry, and reprints are rarely used.
Writers should send a query to the editors (by email, preferably) before sending a manuscript. Unsolicited manuscripts received by post will not be returned unless a stamped, self-addressed envelope is enclosed.
Authors are asked to submit only one article at a time. Manuscripts sent after the editors approve the subject proposed in a query are read by at least two editors, and a reply is given normally within 60 days after receipt.
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