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Saturday, July 25

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Presbytery of the Mid-South

Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri

Sheridan Sinclair, Lindsey Driver, Elizabeth Owen, and Sarah DeLozier with new friends Photo by Irene Bailey


Sheridan Sinclair, Lindsey Driver, Elizabeth Owen, and Sarah DeLozier with new friends


Photo by Irene Bailey


UKirk Memphis is a new manifestation of campus ministry at the University of Memphis. Energy, passion, and joy are palpable as our college students gather for weekly Bible study and prayer. Through that study and prayer, the students became interested in giving back to churches that had supported them. So they began leading worship at nearby Buntyn Presbyterian Church, which encouraged them to create a new worship service on campus.

Still motivated to give back—and open to see how God’s Spirit moves in other parts of the world—the students enthusiastically raised money to build two water cisterns in Xpujil, Mexico. Four students helped build two 10,000-gallon cisterns in May 2014.

“Going to Xpujil was life altering,” says Elizabeth Owen. “It forced me out of my comfort zone in a million ways. It was so humbling and a huge wake-up call to see how people of a different culture and socioeconomic level live. I saw God work through our daily interactions with the families with whom we were building cisterns. We did not share a common language but were still able to interact. That was the most amazing part of the trip.”

Another student, Sheridan Sinclair, says: “It’s easy to overlook ways we experience God in everyday life, due to the constant distractions of our busy lives. I realized my life is full of noise, and I have failed to make my heart receptive to God’s voice. God’s voice isn’t a loud, booming scream but often a whisper. During the trip, I heard God’s whispers.”

The Presbytery of the Mid-South is made up of 44 congregations and their 5,607 members.

Rev. Julie Bailey, campus minister, University of Memphis

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff

Rev. Bo Scarborough, interim executive presbyter
Lucy Cummings, associate executive presbyter for camp and recreation
Audrey Toombs, financial administrator
Rev. Julie Bailey, campus minister

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Lisa Longo, FDN
Margarita Lopez, PMA
Michelle Lori, PMA

Let us pray

Holy God, thank you! Thank you for community built around your Word; for the energy, passion, and joy of college students; for clean water; for your living water. Let your abundant gifts flow freely through us, we pray. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 56; 149
First Reading 2 Samuel 1:1-16
Second Reading Acts 15:22-35
Gospel Reading Mark 6:1-13
Evening Psalms 118; 111


  • God Bless UKIRK Memphis. So glad you made the trip to Mexico. God's Whispers come even in the noise of our todays. by Pastor JIm Shotwell Sr, retired on 07/25/2015 at 4:45 p.m.

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