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“Nothing will be impossible with God.” —Luke 1:37

Saturday, April 19

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Seattle Presbytery

Washington

At First Taiwanese Presbyterian Church’s chartering service, elders were commissioned with the laying on of hands.

 

 

At First Taiwanese Presbyterian Church’s chartering service, elders were commissioned with the laying on of hands.

 

Grace. This one word is all Pastor Roger Wu needs to answer the question: “Why become a chartered Presbyterian church?” As a commissioned ruling elder, Wu has been shepherding the community of First Taiwanese Presbyterian Church for 10 years. “We have all experienced God’s amazing grace,” he says. “Without His grace, it’s impossible.”

For most of those 10 years, the Taiwanese community has partnered with Mercer Island Presbyterian Church , with whom they have shared fellowship, worship, and service. “From the first day, we were warmly welcomed by MIPC!” Wu says. “[Their] sincere acceptance and incredible hospitality [has allowed us to] freely grow in joy and appreciation. What’s the secret to a good relationship? It’s simple—they treat us as family members and we treat them as family members. We are one church in Christ.”

As the community takes a leap of faith and charters, they look forward to enriching their partnership and connection with congregations throughout the presbytery. “Deeper and wider,” says Wu. “We hope that we can participate in more missions in Seattle Presbytery.”

Eliana Maxim, Seattle’s associate executive presbyter, reflects on that partnership: “Seattle Presbytery has been blessed to be a ministry partner with the Taiwanese congregation. Their decision to charter is a testimony to a profound shared respect and desire to be missional together in a broader and deeper way. We continue to plant and nurture other new worshiping communities, in the hopes of growing the kingdom of God in Seattle.”

Seattle Presbytery ’s 50 congregations have 16,958 total members.

Aaron Willett, communications coordinator, Seattle Presbytery

Let us join in prayer for:

Elder Steve Aeschbacher, at-large member, PMA Board

Presbytery Staff

Rev. Scott Lumsden, executive presbyter
Rev. Kevin Nollette, associate executive presbyter
Rev. Eliana Maxim, associate executive presbyter
Kathy Lueckert, stated clerk
Binh Nguyen, South East Asia Ministry Team director
Aaron Willett, communications coordinator
EJ Lee, administrative guru
Kris Green, bookkeeper

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Sharon Dunne Gillies, PMA
Eric Ginn, BOP

Let us pray

Gracious God, you continue to call your church into partnership for the gospel. Bless today the new things you are doing in our midst, and bless the congregations, fellowships, pastors, and staff of Seattle Presbytery. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 43; 149
First Reading Lamentations 3:37-58
Second Reading Hebrews 4:1-16
Gospel Reading Romans 8:1-11
Evening Psalms 31; 143

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