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As a pastor, I am fielding calls now about getting back into our sanctuary for worship. It seems this desire to get back to “normal” is becoming the new virus sweeping the nation. In a way I can understand the longing to return to worship in a sanctuary. I have a rural congregation with older members who have not been all that quick to embrace virtual worship. I’ll admit, though, I’m in no hurry to return to traditional church. I find something exciting in what God is doing with video devotionals and sermons.
Controlled breathing, coupled with a short sacred phrase, is a relaxing and spiritual practice that is especially well-suited to this time of pandemic.
As a new way of being the church emerges in this time of pandemic, the May/June issue of Presbyterians Today helps congregations navigate these changing times and embrace the opportunities that change presents.
The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us how vital technology in the church is. When the health crisis is over, what role will livestreaming and Zoom continue to play?
We follow leaders who are more interested in pointing out who are enemies are rather than asking what kind of people we are.
Frank, I really don’t think it’s a good idea to gather at the church. Yes, I know this is the holiest of weeks. You are correct. Easter is coming. Yes, I know you miss your church. Yes, I know you will take precautions. Oh, you have a mask. That’s good. And hand sanitizer? That’s great, but we need to keep our distance. Yes, I know you understand that. Yes, I heard you. I know it’s Holy Week. But to come to the church to ring the bell …
I was about to launch into my public service announcement about the need to stay home, especially as the COVID-19 virus began making itself known to our rural community, but I was interrupted.
“Pastor, I don’t think you understand,” Frank sighed. He sounded as exacerbated as I was with our phone conversation. “I need to hear our church bell ring.”
Presbyterians Today and a number of other publications of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) were among the winners of the DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards, announced recently by the Religion Communication
A call to embrace a just and compassionate economic system that embodies God’s vision of hope for all people.
Among the winners announced Thursday during the Associated Church Press’ 2019 Best of the Church Press Awards was the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II.
Presbyterian congregations are learning that extended time off for pastors is not a luxury but a must for healthy and vibrant ministry.