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2020 Advent & Christmas Devotional: Let Us Light Candles

Advent • Christmas Eve • The 12 Days of Christmas

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Courageous Leadership

Especially these days, it takes strength, patience, vision, flexibility, resiliency — and a generous dose of humility — to guide a congregation through still-uncertain times. What can church leaders do to cultivate these qualities? The January/February issue of Presbyterians Today explores how some congregations with courageous leaders are meeting today’s unique challenges.

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Star Words: An Epiphany Tradition Grows

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Presbyterians are embracing Epiphany star words — paper stars with a word written on them that serve as a spiritual guide for the coming year.

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Decluttering is a holy act

Give your worship a boost by discovering other ways to engage the senses and lift your spirits. The new year is a good time to make room for joy by getting rid of guilt, angst and other hurtful emotional baggage.

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Getting ourselves out of a mess

Like in biblical times, maybe we have arrogantly fallen into self-confidence about our own importance, wealth and power, thinking we don’t need God.

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Palms Presbyterian Church • Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Located among the lovely north Florida beach communities, Palms Presbyterian Church, a 1,000+ member church, is seeking a pastor to advance our mission: By the grace of Jesus Christ, we are called to worship God: to connect in community, to nurture in love, and to serve in the world. As a Matthew 25 church, our vision includes serving as bridge builders for a divided world, working as ambassadors for compassion and reconciliation, and growing servant leaders for God’s work in a rapidly changing world. Visit our website at and view our MIF #04017.AJ0 at

First Prez, Donalsonville, has been faithfully sharing the Gospel in SW GA and the world since 1898; and we’re still growing! Twenty percent of budget goes for mission; lots of children and youth; attractive and expansive campus. We hope you’ll want to learn more!; MIF #22603;

Basin Community Presbyterian Church, located in Malin, Oregon, is searching for a Solo Pastor or Pastor team. Far from urban congestion and strife, this rural ministry offers a safe and healthy environment, but will also provide stimulating challenges for a motivated teacher and community servant. Basin Community Presbyterian Church is the merged congregations of Malin Community (MIF 07128) and Tulelake Community (PIN 07139) Presbyterian Churches with 80 members. The area is known for a year-round, multicultural, multidisciplinary arts center, a national park and national wildlife refuge, among many others. For more information, contact or


With national offices in Louisville, Kentucky, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) focuses on the national and international mission work of the church. It serves and works with congregations, presbyteries, and synods as the central provider of resources that enable individuals, congregations, and governing bodies to carry forth the mission of Jesus Christ in the world. PC(USA) seeks candidates for the following job opportunities.  To apply online, please visit and click “search for employment opportunities.”

Webmaster (Presbyterian Mission Agency) — Lead position to manage, maintain and optimize websites and content management systems for the Presbyterian Mission Agency and affiliated entities. Manage automated email system and digital messaging operations. Assist with project management on web and digital design projects. For more information and to apply online, please visit:

Korean/Geographical Development Specialist (Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program) — The Development Specialist offers investments, sells loans, and provides financial consultation on capital projects to congregations, governing bodies, and Presbyterian related organizations and institutions. This position is regular full-time, working from residence, and is available to interested candidates anywhere in the United States. To apply online, please visit

Social Media Assistant (Presbyterian Mission Agency)  — Under the supervision of the Organizational Communications Manager, the Social Media Assistant will support the strategic communications plan for social media to raise awareness of the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) and its work. This is a One-Year Term Contract Position, working part-time 18 hours per week, non-benefits eligible. The work schedule is Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 p.m. E.S.T. to 12 midnight E.S.T. and Fridays and Saturdays from 8 p.m. E.S.T. to 1 a.m. E.S.T. To apply online, please visit

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates from Presbyterian communities in the global south and other historic Presbyterian Communities of Color, preferably with theological training and fluency in languages other than English, are encouraged to apply. Individuals living with disability are also encouraged to apply.


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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, 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.

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  • 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
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  • 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

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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.

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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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