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Worship resources for Lent

The Season of Lent

The season of Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and self-examination in preparation for the celebration of the resurrection of the Lord at Easter. It is a period of 40 days — like the flood of Genesis, Moses’ sojourn at Mount Sinai, Elijah’s journey to Mount Horeb, Jonah’s call to Ninevah to repent and Jesus’ time of testing in the wilderness. (The Sundays in Lent are not counted in this reckoning of the time between Ash Wednesday and Easter, as every Lord’s Day is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.)

Comparative Statistics 2009, with introductory essay, Membership Change in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.): Trends in Gains and Losses

—Jack Marcum, coordinator, Research Services The membership of the denomination has decreased steadily for quite some time. This essay presents the factors that, together, produce the annual membership totals and will help Presbyterians better understand how the denomination got to its present situation. (Download  full essay at the bottom of this section.) See the Comparative… Read more »

Presbyterians Do Mission in Partnership

The practice of partnership guides our whole connectional church. It guides us individually as members, officers and pastors. It guides us collectively as congregations, presbyteries, synods, General Assembly ministries and related institutions.  In doing mission in partnership, we seek to be guided by certain principles.  Read the entire Presbyterians Do Mission in Partnership 2003 policy… Read more »

Christians and Jews, People of God – Church Issues Series #7

Like other publications in the Theology and Worship Church Issues Series, Christians and Jews; People of God is intended to make resources available that will help Presbyterians think through vital issues of faith and faithfulness. Some of the material comes from our own church, while other contributions come from beyond the PC(USA). All are useful to Presbyterians in… Read more »