Thursday, January 23
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
The Synod of Southern California and Hawaii
The 289 congregations of the Synod of Southern California and Hawaii are taking seriously the denomination’s emphasis on forming 1,001 new worshiping communities. They are reaching out to the unchurched and to those wounded by prior church experiences, a large group of people who are sometimes called “spiritually hungry but institutionally suspicious.”
The Bridge at Union Church (Presbytery of the Pacific) is a partnership of downtown Union Church and the Bel Air Presbyterian Church designed to reach people in changing, growing, and diverse downtown Los Angeles. The new multicultural and multigenerational group has been meeting for worship and study at downtown locations for over 12 months.
Pasadena Presbyterian Church (Presbytery of San Gabriel) began a Sunday evening worship service to attract the students and young professionals moving into the city's central district. The service is more informal than its traditional Sunday morning service and includes a coffeehouse time afterward.
The Moorpark Presbyterian Church (Presbytery of Santa Barbara) is starting a community of house churches that targets young adults in the western part of the Simi Valley. Participants meet in homes for study and worship, and then come together at the church campus once a quarter for a celebration.
—Elder Fried Wilson, office manager, Synod of Southern California and Hawaii
Let us join in prayer for:
Let us pray
We pray that these and other efforts throughout our denomination and our synod will raise up new disciples of Jesus Christ. May they help to spread the good news of the gospel both near and far. In his holy name we pray. Amen.