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Ayudas litúrgicas 26 de octubre / Liturgical Helps October 26

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:13

Estas ayudas litúrgicas semanales están basadas en el Leccionario Común Revisado. Este recurso, en español e inglés, tiene como objetivo el brindar apoyo al ministerio de las iglesias cuyo servicio de adoración es en español o bilingüe, y provee sugerencias y enlaces en dónde buscar otros recursos para complementar la adoración de la iglesia.

Si le interesa saber cuando estos materiales están disponibles puede subscribirse al boletín electrónico de Recursos y relaciones aquí. Si desea obtener más información sobre recursos en español, puede ir a esta página.

These weekly liturgical helps are based on the Revised Common Lectionary. This resource, in Spanish and English, aims to support the ministry of churches whose worship service is in Spanish, or bilingual and provides suggestions aand links of where to get other resources to supplement the worship service of your church.

If you are interested in knowing when this materials are available, you can subscribe to the Resources and Relationships e-bulletin here. I you want to learn more about Spanish language resources, please visit our website.

2014 Proposed Amendments to the Constitution

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 06:01

2014 Proposed Amendments to the Constitution (PDF)

2014 Polity Conference Participant List

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:23

2014 Polity Conference Participant List (PDF)

2014 Polity Conference Workshop Descriptions

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:21

2014 Polity Conference Workshop descriptions (PDF)

2014 Polity Conference Workshop Schedule

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:19

2014 Polity Conference Workshop Schedule (PDF)

2014 Polity Conference Schedule

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:12

2014 Polity Conference schedule (PDF)

Ayudas litúrgicas 19 de octubre / Liturgical Helps October 19

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 09:00

Estas ayudas litúrgicas semanales están basadas en el Leccionario Común Revisado. Este recurso, en español e inglés, tiene como objetivo el brindar apoyo al ministerio de las iglesias cuyo servicio de adoración es en español o bilingüe, y provee sugerencias y enlaces en dónde buscar otros recursos para complementar la adoración de la iglesia.

Si le interesa saber cuando estos materiales están disponibles puede subscribirse al boletín electrónico de Recursos y relaciones aquí. Si desea obtener más información sobre recursos en español, puede ir a esta página.

These weekly liturgical helps are based on the Revised Common Lectionary. This resource, in Spanish and English, aims to support the ministry of churches whose worship service is in Spanish, or bilingual and provides suggestions aand links of where to get other resources to supplement the worship service of your church.

If you are interested in knowing when this materials are available, you can subscribe to the Resources and Relationships e-bulletin here. I you want to learn more about Spanish language resources, please visit our website.

New Worshiping Communities Seed Grant

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 08:27

These grants are intended to support operating/program purposes such as salary and benefits, insurance, rent, educational materials, etc... These grants are limited to new worshiping communities that are related to the Presbyterian Church (USA), located within the United States and Puerto Rico and were ordinarily established no earlier than July 2010.

New worshiping communities may apply for a one-time Seed Grant of up to $7,500.  Matching funds are not required.  This grant is designed to encourage the birth of new worshiping communities through congregations and presbyteries rather than to fund the expansion or support of existing congregations or programs.

New Worshiping Communities Investment Grant

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 08:25

These grants are intended to support operating/program purposes such as salary and benefits, insurance, rent, educational materials, etc... These grants are limited to new worshiping communities that are related to the Presbyterian Church (USA), located within the United States and Puerto Rico and were ordinarily established no earlier than July 2010.

At least one year after receipt of a Seed Grant, a one-time Investment Grant of up to $25,000 is possible and will provide for the next eighteen months.  Approval of Investment Grants is conditioned upon real progress toward completing the tasks set forth in Starting New Worshiping Communities.  Investment Grants ordinarily require a dollar-for-dollar match provided by the combined contributions of the partner congregation, presbytery and/or synod.  In-kind contributions for the match are acceptable.  Waivers of the match will be considered on a case-by-case basis, upon request.

New Worshiping Communities Health Insurance Grant

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 08:21

This grant program provides supplemental funding to the partner congregation and/or presbytery in support of new church organizing pastors or new worshiping community leaders who would not otherwise be able to afford health insurance.  These grants are limited to new congregations and new worshiping communities that are related to the Presbyterian Church (USA), are located within the United States and Puerto Rico and were ordinarily established no earlier than July 2010.

New Worshiping Communities Growth Grant

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 07:10

The Growth Grant supports and encourages new worshiping communities whose process of faithful discernment has led them to establish a new ministry, responsive to the needs of a new group of people, with the ultimate goal of growing a viable and sustainable new congregation.

At least eighteen months after receipt of an Investment Grant, a one-time Growth Grant of up to $25,000 is possible and will provide for the next eighteen months.  Approval of a Growth Grant is conditioned upon significant progress being made toward meeting the goals and objectives as outlined in the Investment Grant proposal.  A dollar-for-dollar match provided through presbytery and/or synod is ordinarily required.  In-kind contributions are acceptable and waivers of the match will be considered on a case-by-case basis, upon request. 

221st General Assembly (2014) Voting Tallies

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 07:30
Proposed Amendments to the Constitution

Approved By The 221st General Assembly (2014)
Approval of Belhar requires 114 affirmative votes; all other amendments require 86 affirmative votes

    Affirm. Neg. No Action 14-1 Confession of Belhar: Amending The Book of Confessions       14-A Renunciation of Jurisdiction: Amending G-2.0509 1     14-B.1 Final Assessment: Amending G-2.0607 1     14-B.2 Accommodations: Amending G-2.0610 1     14-C Child Protection Policy: Amending G-3.0106 1     14-D Minimum Composition of Presbytery: Amending G-3.0301 1     14-E Interreligious Stance: Amending G-5.0102 1     14-F Marriage: Amending W-4.9000 1 1  

Comparison of the proposed amendment of W-4.9000 on marriage

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 17:23

A side by side comparison of the proposed amendment of W-4.9000 on marriage and the current wording.

Proposed W-4.9000 Current W-4.9000

Marriage is a gift God has given to all humankind for the well-being of the entire human family. Marriage involves a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman, to love and support each other for the rest of their lives. The sacrificial love that unites the couple sustains them as faithful and responsible members of the church and the wider community.

In civil law, marriage is a contract that recognizes the rights and obligations of the married couple in society. In the Reformed tradition, marriage is also a covenant in which God has an active part, and which the community of faith publicly witnesses and acknowledges.

W-4.9001

Marriage is a gift God has given to all humankind for the well-being of the entire human family.  Marriage is a civil contract between a woman and a man.  For Christians marriage is a covenant through which a man and a woman are called to live out together before God their lives of discipleship.  In a service of Christian marriage a lifelong commitment is made by a woman and a man to each other, publicly witnessed and acknowledged by the community of faith.

If they meet the requirements of the civil jurisdiction in which they intend to marry, a couple may request that a service of Christian marriage be conducted by a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), who is authorized, though not required, to act as an agent of the civil jurisdiction in recording the marriage contract. A couple requesting a service of Christian marriage shall receive instruction from the teaching elder, who may agree to the couple’s request only if, in the judgment of the teaching elder, the couple demonstrate sufficient understanding of the nature of the marriage covenant and commitment to living their lives together according to its values. In making this decision, the teaching elder may seek the counsel of the session, which has authority to permit or deny the use of church property for a marriage service.

W-4.9002 Preparing for Marriage

W-4.9002a. Premarital Discussion

In preparation for the marriage service, the teaching elder † shall provide for a discussion with the man and the woman concerning

(1) the nature of their Christian commitment, assuring that at least one is a professing Christian,

(2) the legal requirements of the state,

(3) the privileges and responsibilities of Christian marriage,

(4) the nature and form of the marriage service,

(5) the vows and commitments they will be asked to make,

(6) the relationship of these commitments to their lives of discipleship,

(7) the resources of the faith and the Christian community to assist them in fulfilling their marriage commitments.

This discussion is equally important in the case of a first marriage, a marriage after the death of a spouse, and a marriage following divorce.

W-4.9002b. If the Marriage Is Unwise

If the teaching elder is convinced after discussion with the couple that commitment, responsibility, maturity, or Christian understanding are so lacking that the marriage is unwise, the teaching elder shall assure the couple of the church's continuing concern for them and not conduct the ceremony.  In making this decision the teaching elder may seek the counsel of the session.

The marriage service shall be conducted in a manner appropriate to this covenant and to the forms of Reformed worship, under the direction of the teaching elder and the supervision of the session (W-1.4004–.4006). In a service of marriage, the couple marry each other by exchanging mutual promises. The teaching elder witnesses the couple’s promises and pronounces God’s blessing upon their union. The community of faith pledges to support the couple in upholding their promises; prayers may be offered for the couple, for the communities that support them, and for all who seek to live in faithfulness.

W-4.9003 Time and Place of the Service

Christian marriage should be celebrated in the place where the community gathers for worship.  As a service of Christian worship, the marriage service is under the direction of the teaching elder † and the supervision of the session. (W-1.4004 -.4006)  The marriage ordinarily takes place in a special service which focuses upon marriage as a gift of God and as an expression of the Christian life.  Others may be invited to participate as leaders in the service at the discretion of the pastor.  Celebration of the Lord's Supper at the marriage service requires the approval of the session, and care shall be taken that the invitation to the Table is extended to all baptized present.  The marriage service may take place during the Service for the Lord's Day upon authorization by the session.  It should be placed in the order as a response to the proclamation of the Word.  It may then be followed by the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. (W-2.4010; W-3.3503)

W-4.9004 Form and Order of Service                                          

The service begins with scriptural sentences and a brief statement of purpose.  The man and the woman shall declare their intention to enter into Christian marriage and shall exchange vows of love and faithfulness.  The service includes appropriate passages of Scripture, which may be interpreted in various forms of proclamation.  Prayers shall be offered for the couple, for the communities which support them in this new dimension of discipleship, and for all who seek to live in faithfulness.  In the name of the triune God the teaching elder † shall declare publicly that the woman and the man are now joined in marriage.  A charge may be given.  Other actions common to the community and its cultures may appropriately be observed when these actions do not diminish the Christian understanding of marriage.  The service concludes with a benediction.

W-4.9005 Music and Appointments

Music suitable for the marriage service directs attention to God and expresses the faith of the church. (W-2.1004)  The congregation may join in hymns and other musical forms of praise and prayer.  Flowers, decorations, and other appointments should be appropriate to the place of worship, enhance the worshipers' consciousness of the reality of God, and reflect the integrity and simplicity of Christian life. (W-1.3034; W-1.4004-.4005; W-5.5005)

A service of worship recognizing a civil marriage and confirming it in the community of faith may be appropriate when requested by the couple. The service will be similar to the marriage service except that the statements made shall reflect the fact that the couple is already married to one another according to the laws of the civil jurisdiction.

W-4.9006 Recognizing Civil Marriage

A service of worship recognizing a civil marriage and confirming it in the community of faith may be appropriate when requested by the couple.  The service will be similar to the marriage service except that the opening statement, the declaration of intention, the exchange of the vows by the husband and wife, and the public declaration by the teaching elder † reflect the fact that the woman and man are already married to one another according to the laws of the state. Nothing herein shall compel a teaching elder to perform nor compel a session to authorize the use of church property for a marriage service that the teaching elder or the session believes is contrary to the teaching elder’s or the session’s discernment of the Holy Spirit and their understanding of the Word of God.

Ayudas litúrgicas 12 de octubre / Liturgical Helps October 12

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 09:26

Estas ayudas litúrgicas semanales están basadas en el Leccionario Común Revisado. Este recurso, en español e inglés, tiene como objetivo el brindar apoyo al ministerio de las iglesias cuyo servicio de adoración es en español o bilingüe, y provee sugerencias y enlaces en dónde buscar otros recursos para complementar la adoración de la iglesia.

Si le interesa saber cuando estos materiales están disponibles puede subscribirse al boletín electrónico de Recursos y relaciones aquí. Si desea obtener más información sobre recursos en español, puede ir a esta página.

These weekly liturgical helps are based on the Revised Common Lectionary. This resource, in Spanish and English, aims to support the ministry of churches whose worship service is in Spanish, or bilingual and provides suggestions aand links of where to get other resources to supplement the worship service of your church.

If you are interested in knowing when this materials are available, you can subscribe to the Resources and Relationships e-bulletin here. I you want to learn more about Spanish language resources, please visit our website.

2015 Daily Lectionary for Lent

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 08:37

2015 Daily readings for Lent

Go. Disciple. Live.

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 05:48

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2014-2015 Biblical Witness to Peacemaking

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 12:38

The new 2014-2015 version of the popular Biblical Witness to Peacemaking is now available. This list of daily scripture readings related to peacemaking themes can be used in church newsletters, weekly worship bulletins, church websites, or anywhere else to encourage Presbyterians to engage in scriptural study and reflection related to peacemaking.

Christmas Joy Offering Leader's Guide (2014)

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 07:04

We created this helpful tool with you in mind. It’s filled with information about the Offering, ways you can get your congregation involved, resources you can use throughout the duration, and much more. Participating in the Christmas Joy Offering has never been easier; use your Guide to promote today.

Changing Lives bulletin insert - October 2014

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:58

Changing Lives, a monthly e-letter from Deputy Executive Director for Mission, Roger Dermody which celebrates how God is changing lives through Presbyterian mission, is also available as bulletin insert.

In the midst of the changing seasons, God’s spirit continues to nudge us into new and engaging ways of reaching out to those seeking the hope of the Gospel.








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Mon, 09/29/2014 - 14:16

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