Presbyterians pick and bag citrus and then help load it onto the Second Harvest Food Bank truck during annual Day in the Grove.
In faithful response to Jesus’ command to feed the hungry and care for the poor, the congregations of Central Florida Presbytery support five hunger ministry partners through the presbytery’s 2-Cents-a-Meal offering. One of these ministries, the
Morning Psalm 18:1-20
1I love you, O LORD, my strength.
2The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer,
my God, my rock in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised,
so I shall be saved from my enemies.
4The cords of death encompassed me;
the torrents of
Reflection and Prayer by Nichole Brady (10th grade)
December 12, 2013
1. Why does Jesus call justice, mercy, and faith the "weightier matters of the law?"
2. Why are these more difficult to practice than a strict list of rules?
Reflection: In this passage, Jesus calls justice, mercy, and faith the “weightier matters of the law” because in the long run, they are what will really matter. By the rest of the passage, it is clear that the Pharisees are more concerned with the way they
Widmer uses metaphor of jazz to explore church’s needed transformation
December 11, 2013
Presbyterian News Service
Jerry L. Van Marter
Why is the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) so ineffective in meeting its goals to become a more multicultural church, one that reflects the growing diversity of the U.S. population?
Office of the General Assembly
Correspondent, Office of the General Assembly
As dignitaries from around the world gathered in South Africa yesterday for a memorial service for Nelson Mandela, several Presbyterian leaders reflected on the life and legacy of this humble man who became a towering figure in the struggle for racial justice. They also commented on the significance of the Presbyterian church’s efforts to end apartheid.
Addressing root causes of poverty: a Peruvian perspective
La Oroya, Peru —courtesy of Jed Koball
Special to Presbyterian News Service
Companionship Facilitator, Red Uniendos Manos, Joining Hands Peru
In recent weeks, the video Wealth Inequality in America, which calls attention to perceptions, ideals and realities of wealth distribution in the United States, has been circulating through social media.
Religion News Service
Adelle M. Banks
First, three U.S. regional groups of the Seventh-day Adventist Church voted in 2012 for women to be ordained.
Reflection and Prayer by Tavi Hillesland (11th grade)
1. In what ways are we like the Pharisees in this passage?
2. How does Jesus want to turn our priorities upside down?
Reflection: We are so proud of our religion sometimes. It is great to proclaim the gospel, but so often it becomes, at least for me, about making yourself seem more interesting. This is such a tough realization. We choose to take the honor of
A story from the 2014 Presbyterian ‘Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study’
December 10, 2013
Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study
the Rev. Kari Nicewander
PC(USA) mission co-worker in Zambia
When Naomi Daka was a child, there were no female pastors in her denomination. But the church was where she found joy, experienced God and sang songs of praise to her Creator.
Grant will fund initiatives to connect school, congregations
Whitworth University Media Relations
Whitworth University has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Lilly Endowment to fund a new comprehensive church engagement initiative called The Ekklesia Project.
Originally written for the 2013 Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study
W here do universal human rights begin?” Eleanor Roosevelt’s question concerns the crowning achievement of her public service. In 1947 she chaired a United Nations committee of members from various political, cultural, and religious backgrounds charged with drafting a human rights declaration for all the world’s peoples.
Over a year and 1,400 votes later, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10,
A second $1 million gift will fund the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s domestic ministries
Presbyterian Mission Agency
Funds Development Ministry
As the year winds to a close, the Presbyterian Mission Agency has received its second $1 million anonymous gift in 2013.
In keeping with the donor’s request, this gift will be directed toward the agency’s ministries within the United States. The earlier gift had been designated for international mission.