Monday, April 27
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Presbytery of Northwest Coast, continued
Amid these troubled times in church and society, the following lines from “When We Paddled upon the Waters,” a poem written by pastor George Pasley of Ketchikan, Alaska, for our new presbytery, offer a poignant reminder:
But these waters have always known trouble—
Ask the deep. Ask the abandoned villages.
Ask the men looking for work,
The women looking for respect,
The young looking for purpose
And the nets looking for a catch.
These winds have blown hard,
And the times have always demanded
More than we could easily give—
And beside, the current moves one way,
And it is not backwards. Even more,
We remembered Job, who called upon God
And was given appointment with the whirlwind.
So briefly, we enter sanctuary—
We sing doxology—
We make testimony about the Living God—
And our strength is renewed while we pass the broken bread.
So we pray, and listen. Worship, and reach out. Experiment, and evaluate. And we give thanks to God for this new family of 43 congregations in the Presbytery of Northwest Coast.
—Rev. David Dobler, pastor to the presbytery, the former Presbytery of Alaska
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Almighty God, Creator of all, you loved this world so much that you sent your only Son so that all might live in him. Turn our hearts to those around us who have yet to hear of the Savior, that we may be ambassadors for Christ and welcome our neighbors into your kingdom. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.