(News release from the Office of the General Assembly). “Write the Vision—Reclaim the Call” is the theme of a church-wide Reformation worship service being led by the Stated Clerk, Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, on November 2 at the Presbyterian Center and live-streamed to the public.
“This is an opportunity in this Reformation season to call for a reform within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A),” said Nelson, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly. “It is my hope that we, as a denomination, can embrace a spiritual reformation that breaks down the walls that separate us within the national church and those that divide us from the communities where God has placed us.”
Worship will begin at 10:45 a.m. (Eastern Time) and can be viewed live at oga.pcusa.org. A video of the service also will be posted for later viewing.
The service coincides with Reformation Sunday, which is October 30. Also significant is the fact that 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which is being celebrated in various ways and across denominations.
Nelson will draw from scriptures in Habakkuk and Luke as he calls the church to proclaim a new vision through prayer, reconciliation, and recommitment to Jesus Christ. The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be served during the worship service. Congregations are encouraged to consider meeting in a common space to view the worship service and discuss possibilities for the future of their ministries. The worship service will be held in the chapel of the PC(USA) national headquarters (100 Witherspoon Street, Louisville, Kentucky).
The liturgy will be available at oga.pcusa.org for viewing or download.