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Presbyterian Disaster Assistance bulletin insert

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities affected by crises and catastrophic events. Use this bulletin insert to raise awareness of disaster ministry.

The Unity of the Spirit in the Bond of Peace

“The Unity of the Spirit in the Bond of Peace,” written by the Office of Theology and Worship, addresses issues resulting from some critical assessments of the faith, order and mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Specifically, while many critics of the PC(USA) applaud the church’s official theological and moral standards, they assert that these… Read more »

Variations on the French Reformed Church Baptismal Liturgy

For several decades, variations on a portion of the French Reformed Church baptismal liturgy have been used in PC(USA) congregations. When infants are baptized, the minister addresses the child directly, proclaiming the sure promise of God. The Office of Theology and Worship provides these examples, noting that no single set of words is “right.” Pastoral judgment… Read more »

Occassional Paper: Spirit’s Gifts — God’s Reign

By Yohan Hyun and Frank Macchia Presbyterian and Pentecostal both begin with the letter “P,” but many believe that is where the similarity ends. Spirit’s Gifts — God’s Reign provides a glimpse of international ecumenical dialog between Pentecostal-Reformed Christians. Two preparatory papers for the Seoul meeting of the Pentecostal-Reformed Dialogue laid the groundwork for a… Read more »

Presbyterian Health Network information card

The Presbyterian Health Network (PHN) is the membership organization for congregations, parish nurses, health ministry teams, clergy and others who feel called to speak the language of care and build a community of healing and wholeness.

Music, art and worship space

Are there guidelines for what kinds of music are appropriate in Presbyterian worship? Whose responsibility is it to decide … the pastor, the session, the musicians or choir director? Susan Morrissey and James Buxton played at the 219th General Assembly Moderator’s Reception. Photo by Tony Oltmann. There are several sections in the Directory for Worship… Read more »

Signs and symbols

What are the guidelines for the use of liturgical colors? Liturgical colors can orient us to the season of the church year and help to engage the sense of sight in worship. White and gold symbolize days and seasons of joy and mark pivotal events in the life of Christ. Red symbolizes the work of… Read more »

Sacraments: Lord’s Supper

Is it an altar or a table? The Presbyterian/Reformed understanding of the Lord’s Supper is one of thanksgiving and remembrance for the self-offering of Jesus Christ once and for all time on a cross in Jerusalem. Christ’s perfect sacrifice of love and service is not re-enacted or reactualized at the Lord’s Supper; rather, in the… Read more »

Sacraments: baptism

Where should we place the baptismal font? Most importantly, the baptismal font belongs in the sanctuary, or wherever the people of God regularly assemble for worship. The presence of the font in worship should serve as a constant reminder of the new life that is ours in Christ Jesus, through our dying and rising with… Read more »