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Peacemaking Offering

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ABOUT THE 2007 PEACEMAKING OFFERING “And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations” (Revelation 22:2) This year’s Peacemaking Offering theme is taken from a verse in the book of Revelation. The verse is part of a larger description of John's vision of the new Jerusalem. One of the images John uses is the tree of life, with its twelve kinds of fruit and leaves that are to be used for the healing of all the nations of the world. It is an image of a world at peace, with enough for everyone to eat and the “medicine” to heal all the wounds and illnesses of humankind. We live in the hope of that vision of peace and well-being expressed so vividly in the tree of life. The Peacemaking Offering is a tool of our efforts to live and work within that hope. You are invited to be a part of the work for peace in our world and to have your congregation receive the Peacemaking Offering as one way to work toward peace. Most churches receive the Offering on World Communion Sunday, the first Sunday in October. This year that falls on October 7. We encourage churches to use whatever Sunday works best for them. This Web site offers you materials to help you promote and interpret the Peacemaking Offering this year. Your church will receive a packet of materials, most of which are also posted here. Order or download what will be helpful to you. What Is the Peacemaking Offering? The Peacemaking Offering is one of four special offerings designated by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The 192nd General Assembly (1980) of the former United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America called for an offering to be received to support peacemaking initiatives and peace education throughout the church when it adopted the recommendations in the report “Peacemaking: The Believers’ Calling.” The Peacemaking Offering is received by most congregations on World Communion Sunday, celebrated the first Sunday in October. It is recommended that 25 percent of the Offering received be retained by each congregation, 25 percent be used by synods and presbyteries, and 50 percent be used by the General Assembly ministries through the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. The Peacemaking Offering is dedicated on World Communion Sunday, Oct 7, and collected throughout the month.
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