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“Truly this man was God’s Son!” —Mark 1:39

Saturday, August 23

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The Synod of Mid-America


Synod of Mid-America map





When the apostle Paul says goodbye to the Ephesian elders in Acts 20, he instructs them to “keep watch over you and over all the flock.” He knew that a key task of ministry was for church leaders to ensure that they themselves were cared for—so that they may, in turn, care for others.

Since 2009 the Synod of Mid-America has brought first-call pastors together in an initiative called Gathering for Pastoral Sustenance (GPS) that focuses on five areas identified by Lilly Endowment’s Sustaining Pastoral Excellence program: intentional spiritual growth, development of a pastoral imagination, creation of a collegial community, development in independence and accountability, and support of experienced practitioners.

GPS is designed to engage a pastor’s whole being in prayer, relationships, and play while also cultivating practical skills to support pastors in their call. Spiritual and relational enrichment is the watchword for the program as well as the goal of each session. Over a two-year period, new pastors join together for spiritual direction, worship, group work, and experiential learning from GPS staff and guest teachers such as Pete Steinke, Marjorie Thompson, and more.

The Synod of Mid-America is home to 435 congregations and their 61,916 members.

Rev. Landon Whitsitt, executive and stated clerk

Let us join in prayer for:

Synod Staff

Rev. Landon Whitsitt, executive and stated clerk
Rev. James Gale, director of operations
Ruling Elder Sandy Carlson, GPS facilitator
Rev. Loretta Ross, GPS facilitator

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Stephanie Morris, PMA
Terri Morrison, FDN
Kristena Morse, PMA

Let us pray

Holy God, we thank you for servant leaders who equip your church to fulfill its mission. We thank you for those who give their lives to build up the body of Christ. Sustain them, we pray, by the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 56; 149
First Reading Job 3:1-26
Second Reading Acts 9:10-19a
Gospel Reading John 6:41-51
Evening Psalms 118; 111

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