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Gifts of God: The Sacrament Study Guide

Baptism and Communion in the Reformed tradition are celebrated in this resource from the Presbyterian Reformed Educational Partners (PREP). Five Reformed denominations jointly produced a video resource (see link below) and this companion study guide to help congregations start conversations about the Sacraments with new parents, new members, confirmation classes, and officers. Use this resource… Read more »

Gifts of God: The Sacraments – Baptism: A Sign of Promise (video)

Baptism and Communion in the Reformed tradition are celebrated in this resource from the Presbyterian Reformed Educational Partners (PREP). Five Reformed denominations jointly produced this video to help congregations start conversations about the Sacraments with new parents, new members, confirmation classes, and officers. Use this resource for nurturing disciples of all ages. Get Communion: A… Read more »

Presbyterian Panel Survey November 2010: Congregational Leadership

Summary of findings from the November 2010 Presbyterian Panel Survey.  Types of pastoral leaders serving congregations; opinions about pastoral transitions, reasons why some congregations lack installed pastors, and other issues; activities, skills, and characteristics that are essential for pastors; and activities that are essential for elders.

Presbyterian Panel Survey May 2007: Churchwide Special Offerings – Full Report

Covers preferences for special offering topics and characteristics; opinions on possible changes in timing and number of special offerings, and the causes they support; personal contributions to special offerings. The Presbyterian Panel consists of three nationally representative samples of groups affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.): members, elders serving on session (lay leaders), and ordained… Read more »

Season of Easter

Season of Easter

Easter isn’t just a Sunday — it’s a season. One day out of 365 is hardly sufficient to celebrate the great mystery of our faith — that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. Accordingly, the season of Easter lasts seven weeks (a “week of weeks”), spanning the fifty days from the Sunday of the Resurrection to Pentecost Sunday and encompassing the festival of the Ascension of the Lord.

Passion/Palm Sunday

Passion / Palm Sunday

Passion / Palm Sunday begins Holy Week, a time in the church year when we remember how Christ gave his life in love for the world. As this service opens, the crowd waves palm branches, wanting to crown Jesus as king. But as the story of the passion unfolds, their shouts of praise turn to demands for his crucifixion; he receives a crown of thorns as he is handed over to be mocked and killed.

Journey Through the Valley: A Presbyterian Resource for End of Life Issues

Use this packet with your congregation as you recognize Health Awareness Sunday 2011. This year’s theme is end of life issues. Suggestions for Congregations for Observing a Day of Prayer for Healing and Wholeness   Personal Thoughts on End of Life Care Three Reflection and Study Guides  Holding On and Letting Go Advance Preparation for a… Read more »

World AIDS Day Webinar

This webinar focused on how congregations are engaged or can become engaged nationally or internationally regarding HIV and AIDS issues.  The three panelists brought a wide variety of experiences and provided an overview of AIDS issues, addressing challenges the church faces regarding AIDS and sharing ways that you can become involved. The webinar was co-sponsored… Read more »

Eucharistic Prayers for Lent, Year A

These brief Eucharistic prayers are drawn from the themes and images of the lectionary texts for the first five Sundays in Lent, Year A. Note that there are five options in each of the three sections that make up the body of the prayer; these are to be used as indicated on the appropriate Sunday… Read more »