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

Tuesday, July 22

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The Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley


Students from Auburn University at the College Conference at Montreat Photo by Rachel Winter


Students from Auburn University at the College Conference at Montreat


Photo by Rachel Winter


Campus ministry is vital and growing in the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley. There is so much joy to be found, so much to learn, and so many ways to walk with 18- to 24-year-olds as they figure out who God is calling them to be. Psalm 105 reminds the faithful to give thanks to God, and that is what college folks do. They could be doing anything else in the world, but they choose to come to churches and campus ministry centers. They sing to God in so many ways—by working with youth groups, playing music in worship, singing in the choir, laughing together, and praying for each other. They come to seek the Lord’s presence continually, because they have so many questions and concerns as they grow and experience new things.

College students also have a passion for connecting with others in mission. In fact, they are so passionate about it that Presbyterian campus ministry groups from the rival schools of Auburn and Alabama go on joint mission trips! Church members support campus ministries by inviting students into their homes for meals, delighting in their preaching, and praying for them daily.

The Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley includes 83 congregations and their 11,819 members. The Presbyterian Home for Children and Stillman College are within its boundaries, as is the Living River Camp and Conference Center, which is currently being developed.

—Rev. Rachel Winter, First Presbyterian Church, Auburn, and Rev. Dan Stephens, associate executive for missional development, Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley

Let us join in prayer for:

Rev. James R. Ephraim Jr., member, PMA Board
Elder Richard Turpen, at-large member, PMA Board

Presbytery Staff

Rev. Elizabeth Goodrich, stated clerk
Rev. Robert Hay, associate executive for nurture
Rev. Dan Stephens, associate executive for missional development
Linda Burrowes, office manager
Tammy Strickland, bookkeeper and program assistant

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Amy Lurken, PMA
Janeen Lush, PMA
Sue Lutz, BOP

Let us pray

Gracious God, help us to learn from young adults and college students. May their passion and willingness to serve inspire us all to serve you with openness, joy, and dedication. Bless the young adults and college students among us as they continue to grow into your calling for them. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 123; 146
First Reading Joshua 8:1-22
Second Reading Romans 14:1-12
Gospel Reading Matthew 26:47-56
Evening Psalms 30; 86

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