Monday in Ministry

May 26, 2014



Dear Friends of Cayuga-Syracuse Presbytery, welcome to this week's edition of our e-letter, Monday in Ministry.  Our goal is to highlight things going on throughout the Church:  within our Presbytery, in our congregations, as well as in the Synod of the Northeast and across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  Your input is valued, and your comments are always welcomed!



In This Issue


2014-2015 Planning Calendars

From the Stated Clerk/Communicator

Around the Presbytery

Around the Synod

Around the PC(USA)



Presbyterian Planning Calendars


Every year at this time, teaching elders in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) receive the Presbyterian Planning Calendar.  This is a wonderful resource, rich with art, lectionary readings, education ideas, guides for prayer, and all other sorts of helpful information for planning and scheduling.  Many churches order copies of the Planning Calendar for church staff members, leaders of the worship and educational ministries of the congregation, all ruling elders on the Session, musicians, etc.  It is much cheaper to order these calendars in bulk.  If you would like to place an order for a few calendars, feel free to join with others so that we can place one large order for the Presbytery.  If you'd like some of these calendars, just email Steve Plank with the church and the numbers you'd like, and he'll place the order on everyone's behalf.  We'll then figure out later those pesky little details... like how the calendars will be delivered or picked up by each church, how each will pay for their order, and those sorts of things.  Contact Steve at



From the Stated Clerk/Communicator


Some Prayers on Memorial Day, from our Book of Common Worship


A Prayer for Hope, from the Ojibwa nation of First People...


We pray that someday an arrow will be broken, not in something or someone, but by each of humankind, to indicate peace, not violence.  Someday, oneness with creation, rather than domination over creation, will be the goal to be respected.  Someday fearlessness to love and make a difference will be experienced by all people.  Then the eagle will carry our prayer for peace and love, and the people of the red, white, yellow, brown, and black communities can sit in the same circle together to communicate in love and experience the presence of the Great Mystery in their midst.  Someday can be today for you and me.


A Prayer by President Woodrow Wilson...


Almighty God, ruler of all the peoples of the earth, forgive, we pray, our shortcomings as a nation; purify our hearts to see and love truth; give wisdom to our counselors and steadfastness to our people; and bring us at last to the fair city of peace, whose foundations are mercy, justice, and goodwill, and whose builder and maker you are; through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.


For those in the military...


Righteous God, you rule the nations.  Guard brave men and women who risk themselves in battle for their country.  Give them compassion for enemies who also fight for patriotic causes.  Keep our sons and daughters from hate that hardens, or from scorekeeping with human lives.  Though they must be at war, let them live for peace, as eager for agreement as for victory.  Encourage them as they encourage one another, and never let hard duty separate them from loyalty to your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ.


For those who grieve this Memorial Day...


O merciful God, you teach us in your Holy Word that you do not willingly afflict or grieve your children.  Look with pity on the sorrows of all who grieve today, for whom we pray.  Remember them, O Lord, in mercy.  Strengthen them in patience, comfort them with the memory of your goodness, let your presence shine on them, and give them peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.



Around the Presbytery


Jazz Vespers

Once again, Pebble Hill Church is partnering with CNY Jazz to offer a Jazz Vespers experience.  This will take place at the church on Sunday, June 8, at 5:00 p.m.  Cindy Miller will be the guest artist.  Jazz selections will be drawn from both sacred and secular sources, and inspirational readings and a homily will be given as well.


Long-Time Choir Director Honored

For 30 years, Alan Beyel has served as the Choir Director at First Presbyterian in Marcellus. The congregation will be honoring him at a special reception following their morning worship service on Sunday, June 8.


Book Group Reminder

On Tuesday, June 10, from 10 - 11:30 AM, you are invited to join in discussing the book Falling Upward: A Spirituality For The Two Halves Of Life by Richard Rohr and facilitated by Ginny Smith, a retired teaching elder in Cayuga-Syracuse Presbytery. We will be meeting at Marcellus First Presbyterian Church and ALL are invited.  If you would like to attend, please email Ginny Smith at  so that she can know how many people to expect.



Around the Synod of the Northeast


Job Opening

The Synod is looking to hire someone for the position of Networker.  This person will work with individuals, churches, and/or presbyteries committed to gathering and working together with a common purpose that embodies the overall mission of the Synod.  S/He will serve as a liaison between the Synod Council and potential and existing networks within a designated region of the Synod.  For more information, visit the Synod's website:



Around the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)


Don't forget to pray for the upcoming meeting of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian

Church (U.S.A.), meeting in Detroit from June 14-21.



The Rev. Steven W. Plank, Stated Clerk/Communicator

P. O. Box 6010

Syracuse, NY  13217-6010

(315) 632-5698


"I am the vine, you are the branches.  Those who abide in me and I in them bear

much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing."  John 15:5


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