Friday, July 3
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Presbytery of the Northern Plains
North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana
First Presbyterian Church of Moorhead, Minnesota, gathers 80 for worship at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays, and Fargo Korean Presbyterian welcomes another 40 into the same beautiful sanctuary at 1:00 p.m.
For 14 years this comfortable pattern held. But last year, on World Communion Sunday, the two congregations worshiped together for the first time! Rev. JaeJun Lim preached in Korean. Each sentence was translated aloud in English. He inspired us with a homily on Romans 8:28: “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”
Music from the new Glory to God hymnal allowed singing in both languages. For Communion, Rev. Lim and I stood together, one raising the bread and the other the cup. We had been polite neighbors, but the Spirit led us to be more. Since then the church has featured a permanent Korean banner, and we’ve served a massive cherry pie supper jointly. We are excited for future unity ahead.
All 62 congregations of the Presbytery of the Northern Plains seek to widen our Lord’s Table: working together for good and building relationships. Some support our Presbyterian college, the University of Jamestown. Others support our Native American church, Bdecean, and its new youth pastor and food pantry. Some grow our relationship with Chogoria Presbytery in Kenya by sewing dresses and participating in medical camps. Others cross denominational lines through strong federated churches, some even reaching over the Canadian border. What dividing distance is God calling you to shrink?
—Rev. Elaine Sveet, First Presbyterian Church of Moorhead, Minnesota
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Lisa Kirkonis, BOP
Rev. Shannon Kiser, PMA
Let us pray
Lord God, remind us that the tables we gather around are not ours but yours. Give us your eyes to see beyond borders, languages, and denominations, until all are shoulder to shoulder, worshiping and serving to your glory. Amen.