2016 PPL Sanctity of Human Life Sunday Bulletin Insert Print E-mail

SOHLS2016 web Page 1PPL resources for Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (SOHLS)

PPL invites your church to join PPL in raising a distinctively Presbyterian and Reformed voice for life on Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, or any Sunday throughout the year. PPL's 2016 bulletin insert proclaims, "God is the Lord of Life!".

Life Support Prayer Ministry of PPL Print E-mail

Prayer-graphic March16sqPrayer should be our first and best effort in the fight for life.

It is to our shame that many of us do not connect abortion and prayer. For us who are so outraged by the church's position on abortion, we are prone to jump into a proactive mode that either kicks us into the high gear of politics, preaching, and picketing; or knocks us into the depths of despair, depression, and defeat. We need to hear the words of our Lord as he taught the disciples:

"Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up." And then he tells the parable of the persistent widow who was seeking justice from an unjust judge, and because of her constant plea, she was given justice. And Jesus applied the teaching, "And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly." (Luke 18:1-8)

Let us be persistent in prayer for this fight for life in the church. Please join PPL in this prayer effort. We believe our crying to God will bring about God's intervention all to His glory and honor.

September - December 2017 Life Support Prayer Calendar

Pray for the spiritual fruit of gentleness

by Craig Kephart

Alexis wasn't sure what to do about her pregnancy. Abortion seemed like the better way out, but Alexis feared the caustic crowds who gathered at the local clinic. She had volunteered there herself, just a couple years ago, and never quite got used to the militant Christians chanting slogans and pressing hard after the women who came for help.

So Alexis monitored the pro-lifers protests and deliberately slipped in late on a Tuesday, when no one was around. "I just didn't want anyone giving me any trouble," she later told a friend. "There was just all of this shouting," she recalled. "I suppose things might have been different if someone had been willing to just talk to me instead of talking at me." And then with sorrow in her voice Alexis acknowledged, "I suppose I might be here with my baby now, if someone had only done that."

In a chapter entitled "Abortion and Church Discipline" authors Terry Schlossberg and Elizabeth Achtemeier remind Christians of our gospel instruction to be gentle in dealing with those caught up in abortion.

Some women confess their sin in contrition, while others demonstrate hardened or deadened consciences in defending their decisions. The church should approach every woman with gentleness, extending to her the forgiveness available in Christ, as well as the hope of complete restoration to fellowship with God and with the church, and of new and obedient, joyful life in Christ.

(Not My Own: Abortion and the Marks of the Church. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1995. pg. 101)

This season let's sprinkle our prayers with a desire for the spiritual fruit of gentleness in our ministries and witness. Desiring to be like Christ, we are called to be apt reflections of the Savior's love and grace, displaying the "wisdom from above that is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere" (Jas. 3:17 ESV).

Rev. Craig Kephart is the Executive Presbyter of Washington Presbytery and a member of the Presbyterians Pro-Life Board of Directors

A Call to Prayer

Scripture, Christian tradition, and history have constantly provided evidence that God answers prayer. PPL is seeking Presbyterians who will commit themselves to Life Support, the ministry of prayer.

We encourage you as a member of the Life Support prayer ministry team to make the following four commitments:
  1. Pray for PPL concerns at least twice a week. We encourage at least once in the hearing of other Christians, such as small groups, Bible Study, Prayer partners, teams, or chains.
  2. Encourage other individuals in your congregation to join in the Life Support prayer ministry.
  3. Encourage public prayers by the church for the efforts to protect unborn children and for the care of their mothers and families.
  4. Renew your commitment yearly. Prayer calendars will be sent to all Life Support members on a regular basis upon renewal notice.

Statement of Commitment

To receive the Life Support Quarterly Prayer Calendar, print, complete, and mail this section to
PPL Life Support; PO Box 461, Glenshaw, PA 15116, or complete the form below.

Life Support Prayer Calendar Commitment

I commit myself to become a Presbyterians Pro-Life Life Support prayer team member, praying at least twice a week for the sanctity of human life, using the quarterly Life Support Prayer Calendar.

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The best gifts may not be immediately visible Print E-mail
Written by Marie Bowen, Executive Director of Presbyterians Pro-Life   

Fotolia 93207686 SOne Christmas gift from my Dad stands out—not as much for the gift itself, although it was great—but more for the enduring nature of its lessons that continue to teach after more than 50 years.

It was a big box in a plain brown wrapper with a tag for the three oldest children in our large family. We couldn't have been more excited! We tore into the wrapping only to find another box and another. Crumpled newspapers stuffing each box flew in all directions as we eagerly sought to find the gift inside. Somewhat deflated we finally came upon a really small box with a folded note inside. A note is what we are getting for Christmas? I swallowed my disappointment and hoped that the note would lead us outside to something really big that couldn't be wrapped. I don't remember the exact words, but the note informed us that we could choose one male calf from the barn, raise it for a year, and then sell it at auction and buy bicycles with the money. oh. . .OH!

Christmas Greetings from PPL Print E-mail

Fotolia 95882558 MAnd the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only "Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

Glory! There is a certain glory in the face of a newborn infant. No wonder! Each human child bears the imago dei--the image of God! We can only imagine what glory, wonder, and awe Mary and Joseph, the Shepherds, and the Wise Men experienced as they crowded around the newborn Jesus. Did they comprehend that this "newborn" child was the Alpha and Omega? Did they understand His eternal existence--that He was indeed, God? Probably not. And neither, truth be told, do we really grasp the awesome truth of all that it means that the Son of God came in the flesh.

Dark Side of Christmas Narrative Reverberates in Roe v. Wade Print E-mail
Written by Tadashi Agari   

Fotolia 66007559 SStockton, CA, December 2, 2015

Today is the first day of December, and we are heading into the Christmas season culminating in the celebration of the birth of Christ. Luke 2 is often read concerning the Christmas narrative. There is a darker side to this story that is often overlooked.

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