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“Truly this man was God’s Son!” —Mark 1:39

Sunday, July 20

The Lord’s Day

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Minute for Mission:

Smaller Membership Church

Mission trip to Haiti Photo by Lawrence Peebles



Mission trip to Haiti


Photo by Lawrence Peebles


In the fall of 2012, Debbie Johnson announced that she had accepted the position as stated supply at 16-member Duncan Creek Presbyterian Church in Clinton, South Carolina. When asked if they bothered to tell her that Duncan Creek was hosting synod in the spring, she shook her head in disbelief. On March 14, 2013, the congregation welcomed the Synod of South Atlantic and the General Assembly moderator to Duncan Creek. The congregation’s confidence rested in 25 years of the 14 congregations of the Laurens County Cluster working together to accomplish what they cannot do alone.

When Presbyterian College wanted to provide an international mission experience for its students, they turned to the Laurens Cluster and its 15 years of experience in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Because some of its congregations are located in communities of extreme poverty, the cluster opened a food bank at its Lydia congregation and today partners with a regional food distribution agency to provide food for hungry neighbors.

Emerging out of a sense that God calls the church do to more than survive, the Laurens Cluster seeks to provide opportunities for mission, fellowship, and support that are difficult or impossible for its congregations to accomplish on their own. Claiming Paul’s affirmation that we are not slaves to fear but God’s children who possess God’s blessings, the cluster’s 14 congregations seek to model effective ministry and live into the hope that Christ provides.

Lawrence Peebles, executive director, Laurens County Cluster

Let us pray

God of hope, you have granted us salvation. Teach us to rely not on ourselves but on you. Free us from all fears, so that we may be your children who go forth into the world proclaiming your good news in word and deed. Through us grant hope to the hopeless, that your name may be glorified. Amen.

Sunday Lectionary and Hymns

Gen. 28:10–19a
“Near to the Heart of God”
PH 527

Ps. 139:1–12, 23–24
“You Are Before Me, Lord”
PH 248

Rom. 8:12–25
“Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”
HB 399, PH 376

Matt. 13:24–30, 36–43
“Come, Ye Thankful People, Come”
HB 525, PH 551

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 19; 150
First Reading Joshua 6:15-27
Second Reading Acts 22:30-23:11
Gospel Reading Mark 2:1-12
Evening Psalms 81; 113

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