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“Do not doubt, but believe.” John 20:27

Sunday, July 14

The Lord’s Day

Minute for Mission: Union Presbyterian Seminary


Recently, I was a guest on a radio show. A caller inquired, “Is there such a thing as a call, and have you experienced one?” I answered yes to both. In different ways, to different people, God issues calls to serve the world with the good news of God’s love expressed in Jesus of Nazareth. To the Colossians, the apostle writes of the “hope laid up for you in heaven,” which they had heard “in the word of the truth, the gospel” (1:5). God calls some to share this good news.

The apostle goes on to say he is praying for the church to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all wisdom and understanding (1:9). God calls some to the teaching ministry for this very purpose, to fill minds and spirits with the knowledge of God’s movement and work in the world.

All of us who serve at Union Presbyterian Seminary feel called to this teaching ministry. Staff, faculty, and trustees have committed themselves to the crucial mission of equipping and nurturing students who will teach and lead communities of faith. We feel a particular responsiveness to the apostle’s words about filling others with the knowledge of God’s will. We have dedicated our lives to that effort and rejoice as applicants become students who become alumni/ae following God’s call to be agents of God’s reign throughout the world.

Union Presbyterian Seminary, and all of us who serve it, have been called. Our task, and our joy, is to respond to that call in the manifold ways in which this seminary can be of service to the church. For more than 200 years, our resources and our people have been our gifts to share in the wonderful work of filling all whom we encounter “with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.” Seek us out.

Brian K. Blount, president, Union Presbyterian Seminary

Let us pray

Guide, nurture, and sustain, O God, all those whom you call into your ministry and service. May they, in whatever calling of yours they follow, find in you the direction to lead your people faithfully in and to your will and purpose for their individual and communal lives. Amen.

Sunday Lectionary and Hymns

Amos 7:7–17
What Does the Lord Require
PH 405
Ps. 82
Judge Eternal, Throned in Splendor
HB 517
Col. 1:1–14
Celebrate with Joy and Singing
PH 107
Luke 10:25–37
Help Us Accept Each Other
PH 358

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 103; 150
First Reading 1 Samuel 17:50-18:4
Second Reading Romans 10:4-17
Gospel Reading Matthew 23:29-39
Evening Psalms 117; 139

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