The Presbyterian Church (USA) posted the following on its social media outlets in honor of Labor Day today:
"Just as Jesus worked in his day to the fullest, let us continue to work for equity and equality for all."
For your enjoyment:
TheTabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square (formerly the Mormon Tabernacle Choir) perform "Come, Labor On" by T. Tertius Noble, with arrangement by Ryan Murphy.
Episode 4598. Aired October 29, 2017.
Season of Peace: September 6-October 4, 2020
As we move through the next month of uncertainty, I encourage you to consider participating in the "Season of Peace" program offered by our national denomination. There are several more resources included on the main page that you may choose to join, but I wanted to point out the daily reflections that you can have emailed to you every morning, or that you can download all at once to print out and read. Here is the introductory information from the website.
To view the full site with all resources and information, click here.
Welcome to the 2020 Season of Peace! This four-week pilgrimage is designed to deepen the pursuit of peace for congregations, small groups, families, and individuals. Through daily “Path of Peace” reflections, “Peace Cards” for children and families, Bible and book studies for adults, children’s curriculum, a coloring poster, an intergenerational peace fair, and other downloadable resources, Participants are invited to define and deepen their calling as peacemakers. This season is a time of encouragement, challenge, inspiration, and education.
While these resources are designed to culminate in the Peace & Global Witness Offering, they are appropriate for any time of the year. This year’s theme returns to a text that the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program has used for a number of years to guide its work. It is the concluding hope of the second letter to the Thessalonians: “May the God of peace grant you peace at all times in all ways.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16) It is our hope that you will be enriched, renewed and enlivened in all the times and ways of your peacemaking and global witness.
Path of Peace Daily Reflections
This year’s A Season of Peace Resources are designed to help participants explore practices for building peace on every scale. From the personal level to global issues, these reflections and prayers will help grow the faith and witness of the whole church. Throughout the 29 days of this year’s Season of Peace, we are invited to reflect upon ways to practice:
Week 1 September 6-12: Peace Within
Week 2 September 13-19: Peace in Relationships
Week 3 September 20-26: Peace in Community
Week 4 September 27-October 4: Wholistic Peace
You have the option of subscribing to these reflections for daily delivery into your inbox or printing the entire collection as a devotional resource. Many thanks to Henry Stone for serving as editor of the 2020 Path of Peace Reflections and to the outstanding team of contributing writers.
The Prayer at the end of today's peacemaking reflection:
Eternal, all-knowing one, you see that our hearts are restless and our spirits refuse stillness. You long for us to savor rest in your presence. Let us find the courage to be still in your grace. Let us dare to find peace within ourselves as a step on the path of peacemaking in your world. Amen.
September 6 Worship Video Now Posted
On the 14th Sunday after Pentecost, we shared in the sacrament of the Lord's Supper. The Rev. Dr. Dan Merry led our worship this week in an energetic service full of a great message and uplifting music. In addition to the livestream video posted on our Facebook page, the edited video is available on YouTube and audio only on our SoundCloud channel.
Depending on when you read this email, the video may not be finished processing on YouTube. It takes about an hour after I upload it to display properly, and about an hour after that to show in high definition.