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Spiritual Resources

FPC LIBRARY

Be sure to visit our campus Library for valuable resources with a wide array of subjects and content. The Library Hours are Monday thru Friday from 9:00 to 4:00pm. 

ONLINE RESOURCES

We've provided a collection of many of our favorite resources to help grow your faith, expand your intellect, and inspire you.

  • Text this Week

    The Text this Week is a virtual study desk for those wanting to learn more from the Bible. You will find a wide array of Scripture resources, current and historic, from many different perspectives useful for study, reflection, and worship preparation.

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  • Taize

    The Taizé Community, based in France, is made up of over a hundred brothers, Catholics and Protestants, coming from around thirty nations. By its very existence, the community wants its life to be a sign of reconciliation between divided Christians and between separated peoples. Every year thousands of young people, as well as adults, travel to Taizé to share with this community in its life and worship based on scripture, prayer, silence, and song. At First Presbyterian Church, we incorporate elements of the Taizé community into our worship life throughout the year.

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  • Iona Community

    In the ancient Celtic tradition, it is said the wild goose is a symbol for the Holy Spirit. The Wild Goose Resource Group is a project of the Iona Community, and here at First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham you will often find us using their liturgical resources in our worship. The Iona Community is based in Scotland, with several different island centres as well as a mainland home in Glasgow. In their own words, “what we share, expressed in many different ways, is an experience of the liberating power of Jesus Christ, and a commitment to the personal and social transformation that spring from the vision and values of the gospel.”

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  • Synod of Living Waters

    The Synod of Living Waters serves twelve presbyteries across the states of Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee. As a regional governing body, the synod works in partnership with congregations, presbyteries, and the national General Assembly to strengthen the ministries and missions of the church.

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  • Daily Lectionary Readings

    For over 20 years, a coalition of religious, community, and civic groups have worked together to promote state policies to improve the lives of low-income people in Alabama. This coalition is known as Alabama Arise. First Presbyterian’s membership in this organization reflects our commitment to live out our Christian faith in all areas of our life. Alabama Arise, among other issues, works towards a fair and adequate state tax system, a new state constitution, and state budgeting practices that provide equitable and adequate services for low-income people.

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  • Hear the Word for this Sunday

    Get the daily prayer app by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) The Office of Theology and Worship has developed an iPhone / iPad app for daily prayer.

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  • Bible Online NRSV

    In worship here at First Presbyterian Church, we most often use the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV). The NRSV is online at the oremus Bible Browser.

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  • Bible Gateway

    Biblegateway.com offers more than 100 different searchable versions of Scripture in many different languages. Among others, you will find the New International Version (NIV) and The Message translation by Eugene Peterson.

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  • The Codex Sinaiticus Online

    Codex Sinaiticus is one of the most important books in the world. Handwritten well over 1600 years ago, the manuscript contains the Christian Bible in Greek, including the oldest complete copy of the New Testament. Its heavily corrected text is of outstanding importance for the history of the Bible and the manuscript – the oldest substantial book to survive Antiquity – is of supreme importance for the history of the book.

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  • Prayer: Office of Spiritual Formation

    The Office of Spiritual Formation of the Presbyterian Church (USA) offers a wealth of resources to help you grow in your faith and deepen your life of prayer.

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  • The Mission Yearbook

    The Mission Yearbook of the Presbyterian Church (USA) offers a daily resource for prayer and study. There are several ways this resource is available to you.

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  • Sheppards & Lapsley

    First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham joins 90 sister congregations in Central Alabama to form the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley. In the Presbyterian system, a presbytery is a governing body through which power and responsibility are shared, where mutual relationships are built and sustained. The presbytery is made up of all member congregations and ministers within its bounds. The Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley has an historic commitment to mission, represented in our very name. William Sheppard, Lucy Gantt Sheppard, and Samuel Lapsley were all missionaries to the Congo in the late 1800’s. We continue that historic relationship with the Presbyterian Church in the Congo while we reach out in mission to our Hispanic brothers and sisters right here in Central Alabama. We provide Christian camps and conferences for people of all ages, and we train leaders for the church of today and tomorrow.

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