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“The one who calls you is faithful.” —1 Thess. 5:24

Friday, January 16

Flint River Presbytery

Georgia

Encompassing the southwest corner of Georgia, Flint River Presbytery is made up of 47 congregations, three campus ministries, a presbytery-wide youth group, the presbytery staff at its Albany headquarters, and one coffee shop: 53 worshiping communities of one sort or another.

In order that we all might better serve as compassionate and prophetic disciples in the region, our presbytery has established the Reformation Project. Participating congregations covenant with one another for three years, in which they gather together regularly to pray, worship, study, reflect, and serve—enhancing their ability to discern and follow the Spirit of God.

Pastors of participating congregations meet together in monthly retreats for prayer, Bible study, support, encouragement, and discernment. The covenanting congregations form small groups of dedicated disciples (“think tanks”) that engage in research, brainstorming, and reflection. The think tanks meet and share with their pastors, who in turn share with them the results of their monthly reflections.

As a collective exercise in divine discernment and intentional growth, the Reformation Project equips both pastors and congregations to pray, learn, and serve with deeper faithfulness and fruitfulness as the people of God.

“As a young minister, the Reformation Project has been incredible for me and my ministry,” says Dan Jessop, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Donalsonville. “This is something that needs to be done in every presbytery across the country. Through self-examination, authentic time with colleagues, retreats, and time spent in prayer and Scripture, I have been able to realize who I am as a child of God and how I am supposed to serve and lead the people in the place God has called me. My ministry has blossomed because of the Reformation Project; I have been able to be my truest self.”

—Glenn Gilstrap, pastor, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Warner Robins

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff

Deb Bibler, interim executive presbyter
Jerry Watts, stated clerk
Connie Fritz, children/youth coordinator
June Denney, office manager

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Dwayne Batcho, PMA
Elder Terri Bate, PMA
Cynthia Beach, BOP

Let us pray

Guide us, O Lord, as we seek to follow you wherever you lead. Hear our prayers for our sisters and brothers in Christ. Surround us with peace, hope, and love, and help us to behold and celebrate your hand at work in the world. In the name of Christ. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 51; 148
First Reading Isaiah 42:(1-9) 10-17
Second Reading Ephesians 3:1-13
Gospel Reading Mark 2:13-22
Evening Psalms 142; 65

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