Faith & Worship

Preacher to Presbyterian older adult conference: get back to the basics

In his opening sermon at the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network (POAMN) national conference, the Rev. Robert Watkins told attendees at Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center that we in the church and culture — which is consumed with self — have forgotten how to live with and talk to each other.

장로교 센터는 공동예배서(2018) 개정판을 축하하기 위해 예배함

수요일, 장로교 센터 예배실에서 한 세대에 한 번씩 행해지는 행사로 미국장로교 공동예배서의 개정을 축하하기 위해 모였다. 2018년 개정판으로 이중언어 예배에 참여하면서 2018 BCW 공동 편집자인David Gambrell은 “어떤 언어로든 여러분의 마음을 표현”하여 예배하도록 격려했다.

Centro Presbiteriano celebra servicio en la capilla para celebrar el Libro para la Adoración 2018

Los fieles se reunieron en la capilla del centro presbiteriano el miércoles para celebrar un evento generacional; la revisión del Libro para la Adoración (BCW por sus siglas en ingles) de la IP (EE.UU.). Mientras la participación se dio en un servicio bilingüe de la 2018 edición ,el coeditor David Gambrell animo a las personas adorar «en el idioma que hable a sus corazones».

Presbyterian Center holds chapel service celebrating the 2018 Book of Common Worship

Worshipers gathered at the Presbyterian Center chapel Wednesday to celebrate a once-in-a-generation event — the revision of the PC(USA)’s Book of Common Worship. As they participated in a bilingual service from 2018 edition, they were encouraged by 2018 BCW co-editor David Gambrell to worship “in whatever language speaks to your hearts.”

Understanding the Ascension of the Lord

The Ascension of the Lord has never been an important event on the Presbyterian church calendar. But perhaps it should be, as there are things we can learn from it. The story of Jesus ascending into heaven after appearing to his followers in the 40 days after his resurrection does come with two significant challenges. First, as a rule, people do not simply float away into the sky. Just think of the nightmare that would pose for the Transportation Security Administration. Secondly, the story presents a picture of the universe we know not to be true. “Heaven” is not “up” and “hell” is not “down” and we do not live in “the middle.” So a literal reading of the story is not going to be helpful.

Newly revised editions of Presbyterian Book of Common Worship now available

The 2018 edition of the Book of Common Worship, the primary worship book for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is now available. The new edition is the sixth official service book to be published for North American Presbyterians and it is the first edition published in the 21st century. Responsive to the many changes in the church and world since the last revision (in 1993), these new editions are more informative, user-friendly, inclusive and flexible than ever before.

PC(USA) 2018 Book of Common Worship now available

Five years in the making, the 2018 Book of Common Worship(BCW) for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will be in the hands of customers in the coming weeks.There are three new sections in the BCW — on creation and ecology, justice and reconciliation, and interreligious events.

Mitzvah: Caring for others in life and in death

On a sunny July morning, I drove into the Waldheim Jewish Cemetery in Forest Park, a suburb west of Chicago, to attend the burial service for a former hospice patient. Waldheim was founded during the second wave of Jewish immigration to the city in the late 19th century, and it has been the final resting place for women like Sara, a Holocaust survivor from Russia who lived into her 90s.