Friday, June 27
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The Presbytery of South Dakota
Heartfelt prayers expressed week after week in worship at small Tuthill Community Presbyterian Church in rural Bennett County were an early register of concern. As the summer lengthened, growing concern could be detected in conversations on the church’s front steps as worshipers made their way out into the world. The dryness of the summer of 2012 was unrelenting. By the beginning of October, the US Drought Monitor had changed the county’s drought status from extreme to exceptional. This was one case in which being exceptional was not welcome news. Dryness like this had not been seen since the days of the Dust Bowl.
The concern among those at Tuthill Church was not for themselves. They are largely retired and well-seasoned ranchers who have learned through experience to prepare for lean years. Their concern was rather for the young ranchers just starting out. “How can the church respond?” was the question one ruling elder put to her pastor, Rev. Lisa Danielson.
Such questions stirred the presbytery into conversation and action. It requested and received funds from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. These funds will not “save the farm” or “save the ranch,” but they have allowed congregations in the presbytery to answer the question “How can the church respond?” With respect to those hardest hit by the drought, the church can respond by providing the means for food and fuel.
We give thanks for the generosity of our brothers and sisters in Christ who contribute to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Please join in prayer for young farmers and ranchers and others whose lives have been affected by conditions of drought in rural South Dakota and many other places.
And may God send rain upon these dry and barren plains.
The Presbytery of South Dakota’s 65 congregations have 7,201 total members.
—Rev. Lisa Danielson, pastor, Tuthill Community Presbyterian Church
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Stacie Kizer, PILP
Patricia Kleynowski, BOP
Let us pray
Creator God, you gave us water as a blessing. When the earth drinks, things grow. We thirst, and the Holy Spirit becomes living water within us, flowing out as a river of life to bless the lives around us. Thank you for this blessing. Amen.