Saturday, April 25
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Presbytery of Northwest Coast
Having led the gathering in a Makah version of the Lord’s Prayer, delegates from Washington’s Neah Bay congregation presented shell necklaces to the new members from Alaska. In response, the Alaskans offered their hosts a copper tinaa (engraved shield) and a spirited rendition of “At the Cross” in Tlingit and English. And thus the Presbytery of Northwest Coast was born.
Our new presbytery embraces 1,100 miles of God’s people and creation: From the Makah people of Neah Bay on the tip of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula to the Tlingits of Yakutat on Alaska’s North Pacific Coast. From the islands of Puget Sound to the western slope of the North Cascades and up through the Alexander Archipelago of the Inside Passage. From metro Seattle to small mountain communities. From our largest congregation—the 1,750-member Korean-speaking Community Church of Seattle—to the new worshiping community of Tidelands in Stanwood, Washington.
The richness of our seas and forests is matched by cultural and ethnic diversity. How do we proclaim Christ amid such vibrant variety? Differently, of course. The presbytery’s mission is “to engage, equip, and encourage” our congregations. So first we listen. At our inaugural meeting, we discussed and held panels on Native ministry, the Korean American Presbyterian experience, and the discipling of new Christians.
The Pacific Northwest is sometimes called the “none zone,” because so many people in our region claim no religious affiliation. Yet in the midst of an increasingly secular culture, the congregations of our presbytery are thriving communities of faith.
According to Luke’s account, when Jesus was handed the Isaiah scroll to read on that Sabbath in Nazareth, he left out mentioning the nations coming to Israel as slaves and laborers (see Isa. 61:5). How are we to serve the myriad faces of need and longing that surround us?
continued on April 27
Let us join in prayer for:
Rev. Cecil Corbett, member, PMA Board
Rev. Corey Schlosser-Hall, member, PMA Board
Corey Schlosser-Hall, executive presbyter
Jinsuk Kim, associate executive presbyter
Dean Strong, stated clerk
Rev. George Pasley, SE Alaska coordinator
Sarah Beard, communications coordinator
Kris Green, bookkeeper
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Gracious God, thank you for the mission and ministry of the congregations throughout southeast Alaska and northwest Washington. By your Spirit, guide all your people, that your love and grace may abound as we faithfully follow where you lead. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.