Letters from the General Minister

Hopes and Fears

December 12, 2019 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister December 12, 2019   The hopes and fears of all the years Are met in thee tonight. (Phillips Brooks, 1868) These familiar words from verse one of “O …


The One Who Comes to Stay

December 5, 2019 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister December 5, 2019   Today our presbytery gathers for its final meeting of 2019. My but how our years together have flown by! At our 2009 December …


The Gift of Thanks

November 28, 2019 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister November 28, 2019   The Greek word for “thanks” is eucharisto, which we transliterate “Eucharist.” Receiving the gifts of Christ’s body and blood both expresses and elicits …


You Can’t Go Home Again – Or Can You?

November 21, 2019 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister November 21, 2019   Thomas Wolfe’s final novel, published posthumously, is entitled You Can’t Go Home Again. It explores the disconnect and rejection the protagonist feels from his …


Spiritual but Not Religious

November 14, 2019 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister November 14, 2019 Last week I was privileged to spend some Continuing Education time, together with Tammy, learning about the rapid rise in our culture of those …


With All the Saints

November 7, 2019 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister November 7, 2019 Last weekend the Presbyterian Association of Musicians hosted a workshop on the newly revised Book of Common Worship, led by its editor, David Gambrell. …


Possibility Posturing

October 21, 2019 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister October 21, 2019   I write this from the annual meeting of Mid Council leaders, where we have enjoyed much provocative discussion about new possibilities for being …


Love Incognito?

October 17, 2019 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister October 17, 2019   For followers of Jesus, some forms of love require that they be exercised incognito. Alas, we often seek to make obvious our forms …


Of Immigrants and Pilgrims

October 10, 2019 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister October 10, 2019   The story of God’s people in Scripture is marked by repeated emigrations and immigrations. The great father of faith, Abraham, migrated far from …


Goodness and Fidelity

September 26, 2019 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister September 26, 2019 Nothing could be more rewarding than hearing our Lord’s “Well done, good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:14-30) Good servants are “good” in two major …


How We Gather

September 19, 2019 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister September 19, 2019   Today we meet as a presbytery, our annual pilgrimage to the beautiful Crestfield Camp and Conference Center near Slippery Rock. We have settled …


Why Have Presbytery Meetings?

September 12, 2019 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister September 12, 2019   Our presbytery meets next week, at Crestfield Camp and Conference Center, at 10:00 a.m. on September 19. Why should anyone bother to drive …


Renewing Disciple-Making

September 5, 2019 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister September 5, 2019 It was the summer of ’93 and the beginning of a new pastoral call, when someone approached me about plans for the upcoming Rally …


Remembering Well

August 29, 2019 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister August 29, 2019 In the primeval story of Noah and the flood, God promises never again to flood the earth, setting the sign of the rainbow as …


Praying Jesus’ Way

August 22, 2019 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister August 22, 2019 When his disciples asked him to teach them to pray, Jesus responded with what we call “The Lord’s Prayer.” The versions reported by Matthew …