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“Will God indeed dwell on the earth?” —1 Kgs. 8:27

Sunday, August 16

The Lord’s Day

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Minute for Mission: Youth in the Church and World

 

Vikita Sihali, global delegate from South Africa to the 2013 Presbyterian Youth Triennium and a member of the Presbytery of Northern New England’s Triennium delegation Courtesy of Presbyterian Youth Triennium

 

Vikita Sihali, global delegate from South Africa to the 2013 Presbyterian Youth Triennium and a member of the Presbytery of Northern New England’s Triennium delegation

 

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V ikita Sihali was a young young adult at the 2013 Presbyterian Youth Triennium. She serves her home presbytery, Amatola, in the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa and her home congregation as a youth leader. She shared the following words with the presbyteries of Northern New England and Boston after the 2013 Presbyterian Youth Triennium:

“I bring greetings from my beautiful rainbow nation, South Africa. I bring special greetings from our brothers and sisters of the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa (UPCSA) and especially from the Amatola Presbytery. Their message is, ‘We are praying for God’s continued blessings to be poured upon you and your families as well the congregations within the Northern New England and Boston presbyteries.’

“It is an honor for me to be here with you, especially after such a wonderful experience at the Triennium, where over 5,200 youth gathered from all over the world. All of us gathered to praise God, pray for and with each other, and to proclaim God’s greatness. The greatness of God was indeed upon the Triennium. Through the faces of young people who were seeking to praise God and seeking to learn more about each other as human beings, I saw God showing me the goodness of his love. In my world, this experience of Triennium is unprecedented, and it is a memory that I will forever cherish and one that I will strive to share within the UPCSA youth fellowship.”

Gina Yeager-Buckley, associate for ministries with youth, Presbyterian Mission Agency

Let us pray

Great God, we give you thanks today for our young people. May we continue to find ways in our churches, our homes, and our communities to gather them, teach them, listen to them, and inspire them. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Sunday Lectionary and Hymns

1 Kings 2:10–12; 3:3–14
“O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee”
GTG 738, HB 304, PH 357

Ps. 111
“Seek Ye First”
GTG 175, PH 333

Eph. 5:15–20
“In the Lord I’ll Be Ever Thankful”
GTG 654

John 6:51–58
“Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts”
GTG 494, HB 215, PH 510, 511

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 19; 150
First Reading 2 Samuel 17:1-23
Second Reading Galatians 3:6-14
Gospel Reading John 5:30-47
Evening Psalms 81; 113

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