David Gambrell introduces new Presbyterian Publishing Corporation resources

David Gambrell of Theology, Formation and Evangelism Ministries introduces new Presbyterian Publishing Corporation resources. —Photo by Danny Bolin

ST. LOUIS — Are you looking for a great new book to help a child who is experiencing bullying? How about a confirmation curriculum big enough for the faith questions of youth? Does the worship liturgy seem rather stodgy and stale?

There’s a resource for that. David Dobson, associate publisher for Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, served up a gourmet buffet of new publications at the PPC Breakfast on Monday as part of the meeting of the 223rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Highlights include the new Book of Common Worship. For history buffs, the first BCW was published in 1906, with Henry Van Dyke — of “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee” fame — as the editor. It’s been refreshed every 25 to 30 years. The new edition features shorter, simpler services, as well as resources that reflect changing mission and society. The new worship resources are available in print and electronic formats.

“We’re also thrilled to introduce Connections,” said David Gambrell, associate for worship in the Office of Theology and Worship of the PC(USA). The nine-volume lectionary-based series will provide fresh connections between the texts of the Bible, current culture and the sermon.

“You asked for confirmation curriculum to be meaningful and relevant,” Meg Rift, associate for curriculum development, said via video. “And here it is: Big God Big Questions.” The new approach places the confirmation process in the center of the life of the congregation. Youth encounter the big questions that they must answer to be confirmed into the Christian faith and prepare to give their big answers. “It’s a high expectation curriculum — of everyone,” Rift said.

Younger readers are also included in this feast of new books. Flyaway Books (www.flyawaybooks.com) is the new imprint for children’s books. Flyaway focuses on themes of diversity, inclusion, self-esteem, kindness, compassion and care for our world. The books by world-class authors feature breathtaking multicultural illustrations that will help kids deal with tough issues.