You'd think that with General Assembly coming up in barely two months, they'd be plenty busy what with an agenda that includes divisive reports on ordination standards, divestment of investments in Israeli-related companies, proposals to ordain Christian Educators, an unbalanced budget demanding serious cutting and personnel layoffs, and the controversial proposal to move the Presbyterian Historical Society archives away from Montreat. Not to mention the precipitous decline in membership that fuels some of these issues.
But NO! Someone wants to stir up the worship wars by proposing that the PCUSA develop a new hymnal. They ask: Will the PCUSA need a new hymnal by 2013? What lunacy! Will the PCUSA still be around in 2013?? Countless PCUSA churches in my area still use the old red hymnal and refuse to change to the "new" blue one. So now we're going to ask the publication arm of the denomination to publish another one ?
Let's see.. red +blue =purple. PURPLE: the color of denial.
Full Court Presbyterian lamented yesterday that the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina (and I would add, Hurricane Rita) did not make the Stated Clerk's list of the top 10 issues facing the General Assembly. He pointed out that if the denomination united in an effort to help reconstruct these areas the church could make a real difference.
Let's add number 11 to the Stated Clerk's list. A new purple hymnal or hurricane relief for the Gulf Coast? You make the call.