Faith & Worship

Peace as a realized eschatology

As part of the first week of the 2019 Presbyterian Association of Musicians Conference being held at Montreat Conference Center, Adam Tice was about to deliver his first Routley Lecture. Just before he began, he was telling a conference participant how he was going to speak about music and peace — and congregational singing and peacemaking. “That person said, ‘Well, first you’re going to have to define what you mean by peace,’” Tice said.

A prophetic vote of confidence

“Peace is not the absence of chaos, but the presence of hope.” That was the message from the Rev. Dr. Rodger Nishioka Sunday evening during opening worship kicking off week two of the 2019 Presbyterian Association of Musicians’ worship and music conference being held at the Montreat Conference Center.

Adult participants can get an intergenerational education at Presbyterian Youth Triennium

Delegations from as far as Indonesia and all over the U.S. are gearing up for five sweaty, charged and delight-filled days at the Presbyterian Youth Triennium (PYT) at Purdue University July 16-20. While it’s a youth-focused event, adults will have the opportunity for their own enlightenment by accessing the Adult Learning Track offering.

Should children stay in Sunday worship?

During Lent, a new pastor asked the Christian education committee to keep the children in the sanctuary on Easter morning rather than leaving after the children’s time for church school. After the pastor explained how beneficial it was for children to see adults worshiping and hear the Easter hymns and prayers, the committee agreed. But when Easter came, a Sunday school teacher led the children out of the sanctuary for their own separate time.

From anger and lament to wonder and awe

As Dr. William P. Brown, professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, confessed his personal anger and lament, Fairfield Hall at First Presbyterian Church in Atlanta went silent

Drawing nearer to justice

While Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) churches and mid councils do the work suggested in Matthew 25, they might consider taking a cue from Isaiah 58 as well.

When Mother’s Day Hurts

The closest the Rev. Bethany Peerbolte has come to heartache associated with Mother’s Day was a couple years ago, when her parents moved from Michigan to North Carolina. “I’m like, ‘If that was hard for me, I can’t imagine what the people in my church are going through when they’ve lost a mother or haven’t had a mother figure who’s really been kind and loving to them, like a mother should be.’”

Palm Sunday: All roads lead to the Paschal mystery of Christ dying and rising

For some growing up, Palm Sunday was a celebration of Jesus entering Jerusalem as a triumphant king. But now, more and more congregations are choosing to celebrate Palm Sunday by including the passion narrative to emphasize that this triumphant moment takes his disciples, then and now, to the cross.