Saturday, June 21
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221st General Assembly (2014)
The Presbytery of Missouri River Valley
Why does someone choose to start letting God work through him or her? Where do people go to get enthused about mission? The first answer that comes to mind—the Bible—is correct, but one’s home church is another good answer. Every day, every place, every person—they all go into helping the church become and remain a mission-oriented family.
Being a mission-centered congregation is what keeps youth and young adults involved. The living Spirit thrives in the members of Presbyterian Church of the Master in Omaha through the citywide mission days that Pastor Sara Tonje has implemented. Being involved in the life of the city and serving as God’s hands and feet powerfully forms members of all ages. Whether it’s filling bags with frozen green beans at the Omaha Food Bank, sorting clothes at the Sienna Francis House, or washing walls at the Stephen Center, members learn how to live for others rather than themselves.
Congregations and communities know God by his working through them. Our church family has traveled to South Dakota several times, where we have tossed water balloons with children and painted the KILI radio station on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. We also accomplished the main goal of mission—to worship God—while we volunteered at the Hills Alive Christian Music Festival. Everywhere one looks, there are opportunities to participate in mission; all we need to do is offer ourselves for God’s use.
The Presbytery of Missouri River Valley serves 9,231 members of 52 congregations.
—Erin Mommsen, member, Presbyterian Church of the Master, Omaha
Let us join in prayer for:
Joan Royer, administrative assistant
Rev. Steve Plank, stated clerk
Rev. Jody L. Filipi, mission chair
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Father, we thank you for calling us to be your hands and feet. We ask you to open our hearts and minds to do your work every day, everywhere, and through everyone that we meet. You have placed us here to do your work,
and with your help we will gladly obey. Amen.