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Through the Bible, the cornerstone of our faith, we know the stories of God's efforts to communicate with creation and of creation's response. God communicates through rainbows and burning bush, through earthquakes and fire, and through the still small voice. We pray that God will speak through us as we tell new stories of the faith, life and mission found in Christ's church.

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  • The Fruit is the Thing from Comings and Goings

    A Visit to Sunnyside Presbyterian Church (S. Bend, IN)

    September 16, 2014 by Chip Hardwick

    I spent last weekend at Camp Sunnyside, a family retreat put on by Sunnyside Presbyterian Church in South Bend, IN.  The retreat was held at a beautiful camp in Three Rivers, MI (see photo below, left), and I had the chance to speak three times.  In this post I want to reflect a bit on my Sunday morning sermon on John 15:1-8 (called “The Fruit is the Thing”) and a conversation I had afterwards. 

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  • Preparations for Weekend of Theology, Advocacy and Worship Ignite Presbytery from Swords into plowshares

    September 16, 2014 by Mark Koenig

    by Noelle Damico

    Scarborough – September 27-­‐28th, Hudson River Presbytery will be hosting a weekend of theology, advocacy and worship called “Changing the Conversation: Claiming Our Voice.” Presbyterians throughout the Synod of the Northeast (and even beyond) are warmly welcome to attend.

    The weekend is built around three events, a conference on Saturday at Stony Point Center from 9:00 to 3:30, a fundraising reception for the Office of Public Witness and Presbyterian Ministry at the UN that evening from 4:00 to 6:00, and a worship at Pleasantville Presbyterian Church on Sunday morning at 10:00am that ...

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  • Remembering September 11 from Swords into plowshares

    Take time to pause, reflect and pray for peace today

    September 11, 2014 by Carl Horton

    There are a number of excellent resources on the PC(USA) website to help guide your prayer and reflection today.  There are also helpful Quaker resources at the Friends Committee website.

    We also draw your attention to the 2014 Path of Peace devotion for today.  These devotions are available for subscription or download through October 5:

    September 11, 2014 - Luke 24:13–35
    Submitted by Christie Wiersma
    Reflection: The walk to Emmaus . . . two disciples of the by then crucified Jesus, are walking and discussing together the recent events of their Lord’s death. They encounter a man thought to be ...

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  • Faithfulness > Attendance from Comings and Goings

    A Visit to the Presbytery of Northern New England

    September 10, 2014 by Chip Hardwick

    Over the weekend I traveled to a meeting of the Presbytery of Northern New England to present on the decisions of last summer’s General Assembly concerning same gender marriage and divestment and to preach.  At lunch, I had an interesting conversation with a woman (I’ll call her “Jane”) who is concerned about the long-term decline in her church’s membership and Sunday attendance.  She obviously loves her church, so it distresses her that her small congregation has 18-20 kids in youth group but only two or three come to worship.  Implicit in her comments is the idea that the best measure of a church is how many people come on Sundays.

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  • Food for All! from Food and Faith

    September 9, 2014 by Andrew Kang Bartlett

     

     

    The Food Week of Action – Sunday Oct. 12 through Sunday Oct. 19 – includes World Food Day (October 16) as well as the International Day for Rural Women (October 15) and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (October 17).

    Daily actions are provided below, and see the Food Week of Action page for priority action, worship materials and more: http://pcusa.org/foodweek

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