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Swords into Plowshares is the blog of the Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations of the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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September 8, 2013

A Season of Peace Begins Today

A Season of Peace is a four-week pilgrimage designed to deepen the pursuit of peace for congregations, small groups, families, and individuals. Through daily peace reflections, family activities, Bible studies, youth activities, an exciting intergenerational Peace Fair, and other online resources, you will be invited to enhance and expand your focus on your calling as a peacemaker. Expect encouragement, challenge, inspiration, and education.

The themes for A Season of Peace are based on the Presbyterian resource The Biblical Witness to Peacemaking, a 365-day walk through the Bible focusing on peace and justice passages.

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August 7, 2013

Several International Peacemakers Are Still Available

Each year The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program invites leaders from our partner churches around the world to come to the PC(USA) to share their experiences as peacemakers in their own lands.  This year they will be here visiting the churches of our mid-councils between September 27-October 21.

There are still some peacemakers with available times on their itineraries.  Please consider hosting a peacemaker in your presbytery or synod.  The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program covers the cost of all air travel.   Often funds to host the peacemaker are available from the congregation’s or mid-council’s Peacemaking Offering funds.

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December 25, 2012

2012 Advent Devotion- Tuesday, December 25

1 John 4:16

As far back as I can remember I have always questioned the motives of why things happen in a certain way. Events in our lives are woven together to form a mysterious path that only God understands. Nativity sparks interest in our hearts because we think about what God’s plans were with the gift of an only child, given as a gift of grace.

Every time we honor Jesus’ name during this period of Advent, we honor love. In a world where materialism, consumerism, and individualism have become our focus, God’s everlasting love challenges ...

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December 24, 2012

2012 Advent Devotion- Monday, December 24

Isaiah 35:1-10

This is the season of hope and celebration! As we prepare for Christmas and are surrounded by friends and family, it is easy to be joyful and refreshed like the parched desert and the blossoming crocus. Jesus Christ is to be born tomorrow, and this will strengthen, comfort, heal, and provide for us! Praise the Lord!

As the season comes to an end, family and friends will go back to work, decorations will go back in boxes, and the pace of everyday life will return. Does this mean we have to wait until Easter or next Christmas ...

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December 23, 2012

2012 Advent Devotion- Sunday, December 23

Luke 1:57-66

This passage is about a cosmic connection in Christ in which Zechariah could not speak until his actions said, “Yes, I trust you Lord.” Elizabeth called Mary blessed because Mary said, “Yes, I trust you Lord.” Neither Elizabeth nor Zechariah fret, fuss, nor worry about the name of their son. How often do we feel that if we don’t fret, fuss, and worry, whatever we want will not work out for the best?

In this call to service we have to remember the amazing account of God’s faithfulness. Our call is simply to just say ...

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