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“Beloved, we are God’s children now.” —1 John 3:2

Sunday, July 5

The Lord’s Day

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Minute for Mission: Immigration Sunday

 

Keith and Jennifer Neill Courtesy of Keith Neill

 

Keith and Jennifer Neill

 

Courtesy of Keith Neill

 

Keith Neill began his ministry in Portadown, Northern Ireland, playing in a Christian rock band and volunteering with the youth at his church. There, he felt the call to youth ministry, first part-time and then full-time. All told, he guided the youth of Portadown and Lisburn for 23 years.

In 2013 Keith and his wife, Jennifer, began to wonder if God was preparing them, again, for a new challenge. He interviewed at other churches but did not sense that they were the answer to the restlessness he felt. Upon returning from one such interview in London, he read an online ad for a youth worker position in Hutchinson, Kansas. It was uncanny, as Keith had been visiting Hutchinson for years, bringing youth from Ireland to participate in a Christian peacemaking project. In fact, on one such trip he brought his daughter, who met and eventually married a man from Hutchinson! Could this be the answer to the restlessness he had been feeling?

Many calls, prayers, and a successful immigration petition later, it became clear that Keith was being sent out again, this time across the world to serve God as the director of youth, Christian education, and mission at First Presbyterian Church in Hutchinson.

In today’s Gospel reading from Mark, Jesus sends out his disciples to travel from village to village to teach and heal. How excited and anxious they must have felt to receive such a call. And how many lives were no doubt changed by their answering it.

Our church is blessed that people still answer this call today.

Teresa Waggener, coordinator, immigration issues, Office of the General Assembly

Let us pray

Loving God, thank you for continuing to move in our lives: for sending us and for sending others to us. Bless all whom you call to serve, whether down the street or across the world. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Sunday Lectionary and Hymns

2 Sam. 5:1–5, 9–10
“All Hail to God’s Anointed”
GTG 149, HB 146, PH 205

Ps. 48
“Glorious Things of
Thee Are Spoken”
GTG 81, HB 434, PH 446

2 Cor. 12:2–10
“Amazing Grace, How Sweet
the Sound”
GTG 649, HB 275, PH 280

Mark 6:1–13
“The Lord Now Sends Us Forth” /
“Enviado soy de Dios”
GTG 747

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 108; 150
First Reading 1 Samuel 14:36-45
Second Reading Romans 5:1-11
Gospel Reading Matthew 22:1-14
Evening Psalms 66; 23

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