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“Create in me a clean heart, O God.” —Ps. 51:10

Thursday, July 10

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The Presbytery of Whitewater Valley


Base of Mars Hill/Temple of Hephaestus in the ancient Agora Photo by Brian Shivers


Base of Mars Hill/Temple of Hephaestus in the ancient Agora


Photo by Brian Shivers



The Footsteps of Faith program at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis was begun in 2001 as a way to encourage young adults to explore their faith deeply. Participants have the opportunity to engage in earnest conversations about theology and faith, the Christian tradition and its intersection with personal faith, and vocation as a response to what one understands God to be asking of his or her life. During the program they are invited to investigate other expressions of faith in the Judeo-Christian heritage and to begin to develop their own spiritual-growth style. After completing an intentional process of spiritual formation, participants meet with the session for a time of blessing and benediction, during which they receive a Bible and are prayed over individually by the gathered ruling and teaching elders.

A highlight of the program is the trip to locations connected with the New Testament’s account of the early Church’s growth and development—Ephesus, Corinth, Patmos, Athens, and Rome.

Since its inception, approximately 260 high school seniors have been through Footsteps of Faith, which has been a catalyst inspiring many to consider ordained ministry or work in the nonprofit sector.

Second Presbyterian Church is one of the 62 congregations, with a total of 16,988 members, in the Presbytery of Whitewater Valley.

—T. Alan Thames, executive presbyter

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff

T. Alan Thames, executive presbyter
Kristy Quinn, stated clerk and executive administrator
Felipe Martinez, associate executive presbyter
Craig Shaw, information technology services
Mike Srbljan, finance manager
Eric Herzog, financial consultant
Leonel Pech, organizing pastor, Amistad Cristiana NCD, Fort Wayne
Fernando Rodriguez, organizing pastor, Nueva Creación NCD, Indianapolis
Harriet O’Connor, executive director, Westminster Neighborhood Ministries
Rich Swartwood, executive director, PYOCA Camp and Conference Center
Roger McDaniel, evangelist, the Circle, Indianapolis

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Mary Lewis, PMA
Shelly Lewis, PMA
Tony Lewis, PPC

Let us pray

Gracious and loving God, we pray for young adults as they strive to live out their faith in a world that is often unkind, unsympathetic, and uncooperative. May gifts of energy, intelligence, imagination, and love fill those coming to adulthood in this time, so that they have all they need to serve both you and your creation. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 116; 147:12-20
First Reading Deuteronomy 3:18-28
Second Reading Romans 9:19-33
Gospel Reading Matthew 24:1-14
Evening Psalms 26; 130

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