Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Peacemaking Offer

On October 2, churches across the country will celebrate World Communion Sunday, and congregations across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will receive the 2011 Peacemaking Offering.

The Peacemaking Offering, one of the denomination’s four special offerings, supports peacemaking ministries across the church and is crucial to the ongoing work of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. Today, the United States is embroiled in two lengthy wars, our economy is faltering in part to support our military “might,” and our society is increasingly — and too often violently — divided by a growing economic rift. However, as Christians, we are reminded that “a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.”

Through your gifts to the Peacemaking Offering, congregations receive training and resources to address conflict, International Peacemakers bear witness to how they live out their faith in the midst of challenge and violence, children and young people learn how they can make a difference in building peace, and people across the church benefit from resources that teach peacemaking as part of our Christian discipleship. Indeed, we are reminded that:

- the church is faithful to Christ when it is engaged in peacemaking,

- the church is obedient to Christ when it nurtures and equips God’s people as peacemakers,

- the church bears witness to Christ when it nourishes the moral life of the nation for the sake of peace in our world.