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A Holy Night, A Holy Place

December 19, 2019 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister December 19, 2020 Much is made of the inhospitable “no room” response Mary and Joseph encountered as they sought accommodations in Bethlehem. Yet there was a place for them, …


Hopes and Fears

December 12, 2019 | Posted in Letters from 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 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 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 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 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 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. …


What Is a Mistake Anyway?

October 31, 2019 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Brian R. Wallace Associate Minister October 31, 2019 I still remember, as plain as day, the first time I got something wrong in Kindergarten.  I don’t remember the exact assignment, but whatever it …


Possibility Posturing

October 21, 2019 | Posted in Letters from 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 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 …