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“Stretch out your hand over the sea.” Exod. 14:26

Tuesday, January 21

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Trinity Presbytery

South Carolina

Downtown Church is a new community of faith in the center of Columbia. This new church development of Trinity Presbytery is not looking to own a traditional church building; rather, it meets in a renovated community center that served the people of a mill area in this university city more than a century ago.

Pastor Amos Disasa emigrated from Ethiopia to Columbia over 30 years ago and now leads this community filled with folks from across the city and the globe. During worship, you may sit beside a native Columbian or a student from Ghana or China.

While Downtown Church explores unique and creative ways of doing church, it has no intention of dismissing the ancient and timeless practices of faith, which it believes are still around for a reason. It has merged the old and new to create a beautiful, blended way to experience God.

Similarly, it has married a love for good coffee with a desire to understand other cultures through trips to Ethiopia and its own brand of coffee called Pound for Pound. Why would a group of Columbians trek halfway across the world for two weeks? Amos explains: “We didn’t go to build schools, or pass out food, or even preach the gospel. We went to understand and appreciate a culture that is different and foreign to us, and along the way we were transformed as well.” Pound for Pound was born out of this experience as a way to fund scholarships to the Bethel Evangelical Secondary School (BESS) for promising students from poor families in the coffee-growing area of Dembi Dolo.

The 61 congregations of Trinity Presbytery have had a long relationship with BESS. Downtown Church anticipates continuing that support into the future with a new group of pilgrims following the way of Jesus.

Suzanne Mueller, director of faith formation, Downtown Church

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff
Rev. Dr. Danny C. Murphy, transitional presbyter
Jim Rowell, interim stated clerk
Rev. Kevin M. Cartee, executive director, outdoor ministries
Elder Zeb V. Smith, associate for finance and administration, treasurer
Elder Margaret M. Harris, administrative assistant
Elder Louise S. Carter, financial administrator
Elder Lisa S. Mallory, secretary/receptionist

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Shawn Berry, FDN
Barbara Betts, PMA
Herbert Beverly, OGA

Let us pray

God, in the quiet we wait for you to speak up. We are not sure whether we are ready to hear what you will say. And we can’t promise that we will respond the way you desire. So speak up and make it so clear that we can’t help but say amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 123; 146
First Reading Genesis 9:1-17
Second Reading Hebrews 5:7-14
Gospel Reading John 3:16-21
Evening Psalms 30; 86

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