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“Surely the Lord is in this place!” Gen. 28:16

Wednesday, April 2

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The Presbytery of Philadelphia

Pennsylvania

Disciples from Woodside Church clean up during “The Church Has Left the Building.” Photo by Doug Hoglund
 
 
Disciples from Woodside Church clean up during “The Church Has Left the Building.”

 

Photo by Doug Hoglund

 

“Don’t go to church. Be the church!” On the first Sunday morning in November, a growing number of congregations in the Delaware Valley cancel their morning worship services. Instead, after a brief prayer, God’s people launch out to be Jesus’ hands and feet in countless community projects. What started in 2010 with Woodside Presbyterian Church in Yardley has grown into a movement of Presbyterian, Catholic, Methodist, Lutheran, United Church of Christ, and other congregations from two states.

The movement, which includes congregations from the Philadelphia and New Brunswick presbyteries, engages all ages in projects that bless local communities. In a single day, they stock pantries, deliver books to inner-city-school libraries, clean up trash, lead worship for people in recovery, make meals for the homebound, build shelters for the homeless, sew dresses for Haiti and, in 2012, cut up trees toppled by Hurricane Sandy. “The church is a sleeping giant,” one pastor commented. “On this day you literally see it wake up and get to work!” In the evening Christians from different denominations gather together for worship in various places.

It truly is a taste of heaven.

The day is really the culmination of 50 days of prayer, Bible reading, sermons, and small-group Bible studies. As they read about Jesus loving the lost and healing the hurting, momentum builds toward the day when they go out and follow in his steps. For more information, go to woodside-church.org.

The Presbytery of Philadelphia is home to 32,063 members of 126 congregations.

—Rev. Doug Hoglund, pastor, Woodside Presbyterian Church, Yardley

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff

Ruth Faith Santana-Grace, executive presbyter
Kevin L. Porter, stated clerk
Lawrence S. Davis, business administrator
James Poinsett, acting associate for congregational initiatives
Andrea Cameron, accounting manager
Robert D. Williams, director, Kirkwood Camp

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Jennifer Evans, PMA
Andrea Evola, PMA
Michael Fallon, BOP

Let us pray

Jesus, forgive me for thinking that church is only what happens in a building on Sunday morning. Fill me with your Holy Spirit. Then send me to walk your talk and to be your hands and feet. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 5; 147:1-11
First Reading Genesis 50:15-26
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
Gospel Reading Mark 8:11-26
Evening Psalms 27; 51

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