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“All who humble themselves will be exalted.” Matt. 23:12

Thursday, April 3

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Pittsburgh Presbytery

Pennsylvania

Several congregations in Pittsburgh Presbytery are engaged in vital ministry with youth. Gathered from school districts throughout the South Hills, youth coming to Sunset Hills United Presbyterian Church learn that they are important in the body of Christ. Led by dedicated adults committed to raising up the next generation of leaders, the youth serve as elders, deacons, and “mission servants” engaging in hands-on ministry outside the church and throughout the country. “Jesus Christ is at the center of everything that we do,” says William Gracey, pastor of Sunset Hills. “We see the power of resurrection at work in all of the brokenness that happens at every place in the lives of youth and young adults. In every biblical story we see God calling people, and we want each youth to discover God’s call on their life.”

Crofton United Presbyterian Church has boldly partnered with a local public school to engage in ministry with school-age children. In this dynamic youth program, children receive both spiritual and bodily nourishment. From kindergarten and up, all children learn to pray, to sing, and to incorporate the Bible into their hearts and minds. The youth and young adults engage God’s Word by filming YouTube skits based on the “I am” statements of Jesus; the video is later shared with the whole congregation during Sunday worship. “This is all about discipleship,” says Pastor Sharon Stewart, “to bring the light of Christ to the children of the community and to help them discover that they are beloved children of God, called to be transformed.”

Pittsburgh Presbytery serves 33,881 members of 146 congregations and five new church developments and is home to Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. It owns and operates Crestfield Camp and Conference Center in Slippery Rock.

—Rev. Ayana H. Teter, associate minister for outreach, Pittsburgh Presbytery

Let us join in prayer for:

Elder Kears Pollock, member, PMA Board

Presbytery Staff

Rev. Dr. Sheldon Sorge, general minister
Rev. Dr. Douglas Portz, senior associate minister
Rev. Ayana Teter, associate minister for outreach
Rev. Dr. Beverly James, associate minister for discipleship
Rev. Jeff Tindall, stated clerk
Rev. Betty Angelini, executive director, Crestfield Camp and Conference Center
Elder Roy Burford, business administrator
Elder Lana Dumrauf, administrative assistant
Elder Cindy Miller, administrative assistant
Elder Cathy Nelson, administrative assistant
Kenny Summers, custodian
Dorothy Winter, financial secretary

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Margaret Farmer, PMA
Rev. Hunter Farrell, PMA

Let us pray

Gracious God, fill us with power to proclaim your name boldly at every age, until all come to the knowledge and love of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 27; 147:12-20
First Reading Exodus 1:6-22
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 12:12-26
Gospel Reading Mark 8:27-9:1
Evening Psalms 126; 102

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