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Thinking the Faith, Praying the Faith, Living the Faith is written by the PC(USA) Office of Theology and Worship.

Thinking, praying, and living the faith is at the core of ministry in the Office of Theology and Worship. In the following videos, learn more about what thinking, praying, and living the faith means to the leadership of the Office of Theology and Worship. Discover why it matters and what difference it makes in our lives, work, and worship.  

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Barry Ensign-George
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Christine Hong 
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June 29, 2011

The Worship Curmudgeon: Call Us to Confession



“Let’s now say together the prayer of confession.”  That’s how one ill-trained liturgist called us to confession one Sunday.  There was actually no call to confession, just an announcement that said, in effect, “Ok, we’re gonna do this now, folks.”  Argh!

Apt sinners that we are, we need called (dragged?) to confession.  Without a call to confession, we have no idea why we’re saying we’re sorry to God.  Without it, a confession of sin feels like we’re going to say I’m sorry because our mother told us we had to apologize to our ...

June 21, 2011

Have I Got a Deal for You

Earlier today, in federal court, an “evangelist” went on trial for defrauding church-goers of more than $700,000 over a period of years by convincing them to invest in gas and oil ventures that promised riches and financial security. State charges are also pending for this man, who stole the life savings of some of his elderly investors. Officials say the con man would pray with people over their investments, compounding the fraud by claiming to be doing the will of God.

There’s so much wrong here, it’s hard to know where to begin commenting. False prophets who ...

June 20, 2011

New Feature

If you look to the right on the top of this page, you will see a listing for some short video pieces from the Office of Theology and Worship.  The description reads:  

Thinking Praying and Living the Faith is at the core of ministry in Theology and Worship. In the following videos hear what thinking, praying and living the faith means to the leadership of Theology and Worship.  Discover why it matters, and how integrating the Christian faith makes a difference in our lives, and in the places where we live, work and worship. 


You can click on the names ...

June 14, 2011

Confessing the Faith on Trinity Sunday

This Sunday is Trinity Sunday. How will your congregation confess the faith?

June 6, 2011

Take me to the river....

Partly because I am a river person, when I think about water in general, I think about rivers.  When I think of baptismal waters, I think of rivers – life-giving, life-sustaining, always moving forward. 

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