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“For I was hungry and you gave me food.” Matt. 25:35

Sunday, January 12

The Lord’s Day

Minute for Mission: Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary


Seminary student Gerald Parks speaking at an AIDS forum

Seminary student Gerald Parks speaking at an AIDS forum


The Lord gives you relief from your suffering and turmoil and from the harsh labor forced on you. (Isa. 14:3 NIV)

When Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary (JCSTS) was founded in 1867, in the wake of the Civil War, its mission was to educate black men who had been enslaved. Over time, the institution, like many historically black colleges and universities, developed curricula that would empower African American men and women while benefiting the country as a whole.

Leadership, social engagement, and empowerment remain at the heart of the seminary’s culture and mission. In the fall of 2012, JCSTS, with the help of the Community Foundation of Atlanta, launched a Community Engagement Fellows Program designed to foster a culture of Christian service and activism among seminarians. The first class of student fellows mentored neighborhood children, created a community food bank, designed a quilting ministry for elderly women, and studied demographic shifts in underserved sections of the city.

In November 2012 students helped lead JCSTS’s inaugural HIV/AIDS Conference, which provided information and fostered the leadership necessary to conduct effective ministry among individuals and families affected by AIDS. It took its theme, “Creating HIV/AIDS Competent Churches and Leaders,” from a report of the same name adopted by the 219th General Assembly (2010) of the PC(USA). Students also planned the follow-up conference held December 2013.

JCSTS prides itself in providing students a one-of-a-kind laboratory for learning to address contemporary issues as they mature in Christian faith, biblical literacy, caregiving ability, and leadership.

Paul T. Roberts, president-dean, Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary

Let us pray

Lord, grant us the faith to seek your will and the courage to carry it out. Remind us of our responsibility to each other. For Christ’s sake. Amen.

Sunday Lectionary and Hymns

Isa. 42:1–9
“Jesus Shall Reign
Where’er the Sun”
HB 496, PH 423

Ps. 29
“The God of Heaven”
PH 180

Acts 10:34–43
“Christ Is Alive!”
PH 108

Matt. 3:13–17
“Christ, When for Us
You Were Baptized”
PH 70

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 104; 150
First Reading Genesis 1:1-2:3
Second Reading Ephesians 1:3-14
Gospel Reading John 1:29-34
Evening Psalm 29

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