Sunday, July 7
The Lord’s Day
Minute for Mission: San Francisco Theological Seminary
The relationship between San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS) and Korean Presbyterians has been growing for nearly a century. And thanks to pastor-scholars such as Rev. Dr. Yong-Kyu Kang, the tradition continues. Kang, senior pastor of Hanshin Presbyterian Church in Seoul, South Korea, believes that all Korean Presbyterian ministers deserve access to the solid theological training he received while earning his D.Min. at SFTS.
Committed to this belief, Kang coordinates the annual Hanshin-SFTS Symposium for Korean pastors. Held 70 miles north of Seoul, the event draws 500 pastors and lay leaders from throughout the country for four days of lectures, worship, and communion.
The symposium teaches Korean ministers how to improve ministry skills and strengthen congregational ties while also emphasizing academic theological training. SFTS supports this mission by sending faculty members to Korea to lead workshops, give lectures, and provide the keynote address.
The June 2012 Hanshin-SFTS Symposium featured SFTS President Jim McDonald, who delivered a lecture and preached on the closing day. McDonald is also professor of faith and public life at SFTS.
“I know how vital it is for the church to engage with the world,” McDonald says. “Jesus’ ministry was a public ministry. He himself was an itinerant preacher, who moved among the people with his ministries of teaching, healing, and feeding hungry people. When we break bread together and participate in the Lord’s Supper, we become part of Christ’s body in the world. As we share bread and cup, we are strengthened for a life of service to others.”
—Kay Carney, vice president of communications, and Holly Wollard, communications manager, San Francisco Theological Seminary
Let us pray
O God, whose love stretches around the world, bless your disciples who serve your people. Enliven their ministries and show them compassion, that they may better reflect your presence in our changing world, which craves knowledge and truth only you can illuminate. Amen.
Sunday Lectionary and Hymns
2 Kings 5:1–14
O God, in a Mysterious Way
PH 270, HB 112
Come Sing to God
Gal. 6:(1–6) 7–16
Called as Partners in Christ’s Service
Luke 10:1–11, 16–20
Lord, You Give the Great Commission