Who Might They Say That We Are

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This is a powerpoint that helps to explain the meaning behind the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) logo.


  • 1. First Presbyterian Church of Osawatomie

2. The majority of our Presbyterian logo is a cross representing Jesus confrontation of the unjust powers of his day.
Who Might They Say That Presbyterians are?
3. The Bible as our Focus
An open Bible symbolizes the Presbyterians respect for and study of scriptures in our English language as well as in the original languages of Hebrew (Old Testament) andGreek (New Testament)
4. The Spirit as A Mysterious Gift
The descending dove symbolizes the Holy Spirit which envelopes our community.We believe the Spirit helps us to understand scripture, our world and one another.
5. Interpretation in Community
The lecturn and pulpit are symbols of the sanctuary in which our community gathers to sing, pray, think and fellowship.Presbyterians believe that it is in community that we have the greatest ability to undersand what God is inviting us to do.
6. The Passion that is Kindled
Flames are symbols of passion and insight that lead people to strive toward faithful living in their circumstances.
7. Can You Imagine the Triangle?
Though not visible, the geometry of the triangle is part of the strength of our symbol.
The triangle reminds us of the democratic structure of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)where authority is divided among ministers, members and the larger church made up of Presbyteries, Synods and General Assembly.
8. Communion and Baptism
The fish and the cup signify Jesus ministry to those who hungered as well as times when he was hosted in peoples homes.Especially, we remember his last supper among his disciples before his crucifixion.Jesus attention to table is a foundation for our celebration of the Lords Supper.
9. Communion and Baptism
The lower symbol is likened to a baptismal font at which both children and adults are baptized.There is no one stage of life that Presbyterians require baptism.Further, in respect and humility, Presbyterians honor the baptism of any other denomination.