2018 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women
The 2018 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women will be held August 2–5, 2018, in Louisville, Kentucky. 2018 is also the year that PW celebrates its 30th anniversary. “Each month for 30 months (one for each year of PW), we’ll be sending a Gathering update to help you prepare, promote and plan for the 2018 Gathering. This eighth update lands in your inbox 22 months from opening plenary (give or take a few days)!”
Following the Light
The theme for the Gathering is “Arise, shine, your light has come,” based on Isaiah 60:1. The 2018 Gathering logo, which was made official in September, features these words and a bright yellow sunflower (PW logo as the stamina) against an equally bright sky.
The sunflower is a perfect symbol for Presbyterian Women. Presbyterian Women, like sunflowers, live for the Light. In fact, sunflowers are known to “follow the sun,” turning toward the light, a phenomenon known as heliotropism. Sunflowers are native to North America but can now be found all over the world. There are several types of sunflowers—some tall, others short—but all sunflowers are hardy and serve as a reminder of the light!
As you and your sisters consider the logo and theme, please share your ideas, reflections, artistic adventures, skits, poems, haikus, meditations and other light-focused offerings!
Reflecting on Light
Light is the theme of this email series. As we prepare for the Gathering, we’ll explore the many meanings of light in scripture and in our lives.
“It is not darkness you are going to, for God is Light. It is not lonely, for Christ is with you. It is not unknown country, for Christ is there.” —Charles Kingsley
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” —John 8:12
Have you walked into a dark but familiar room at night without turning on the light? You think you know your way, but you end up tripping over an unseen obstacle and you tumble, scraping your knee on the way down? How much better it would have been to have turned on the light before proceeding. Life without Jesus is much like this. We blunder about in the darkness, thinking we know the way, only to be tripped up by sin, stumbling and perhaps even injuring ourselves.
Jesus calls us to walk in His light, giving up those sins, those “deeds of darkness” that would trip us up and do us harm. God has promised life to all who lay aside their old lives and trust in Jesus, who will surely send the darkness away. Let God’s Word be a lamp unto your feet and a light for your pathway. Trust in the promise that Jesus will most assuredly lead us from every shadow of darkness, every lurking shadow of death into the glory of his eternal Light.
Eternal Lord, who gives Light to our darkened world, we pray that you will chase away the shadows in our lives, that we might walk in your glorious, life-saving light. Free us from the dangers with which the evil one would try to snare and trip us up. Bring us into your life-giving light, that our pathway would be clear. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Date(s) - Aug 2, 2018 until Aug 5 2018