Sunday, June 29
The Lord’s Day
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Minute for Mission: Princeton Theological Seminary
It was in the classrooms and chapel of Princeton Theological Seminary that Mark Elsdon, Erica Lui, Grier Booker Richards, and Peter Hazelrigg experienced confirmation of their calls to ministry. They now minister to other young adults who are exploring vocation: Mark and Erica (a clergy couple) as copastors at Pres House at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and Peter and Grier in North Carolina at UKirk Greensboro.
Mark and Erica are passionate about the impact that ministry on college campuses can make in the church. “College is where young people are making life choices—on issues from vocation to how they approach money, from relationships to habits of their spiritual lives,” says Mark.
Princeton Seminary, through its Institute for Youth Ministry, is committed to providing theological education for people in ministry with youth and young adults. The institute collaborates with congregations and church leaders to promote such ministry and to research programs that nurture young people in thinking about and practicing their faith and in considering vocations in ministry.
Grier Richards came to seminary because she first attended a Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry and was caught by a calling. She went on to earn a certificate in youth and theology, and then an MDiv. Now she helps offer students at Greensboro colleges “a place of hospitality and Christian community.” In fact, both campus ministries have ventured into providing housing for students, to offer an experience of intentional, residential Christian community much like the four pastors experienced at Princeton.
Through their ministries, these Princeton graduates help students experience the grace of Jesus Christ, explore God’s desire for their lives, and ultimately trace the Holy Spirit’s steps out into the world. For some, these may pass through seminary. Either way, Mark, Erica, Peter, and Grier know that as students receive their ministry, they receive the One who sent them.
—Dr. M. Craig Barnes, president, Princeton Theological Seminary
Let us pray
Dear God, we pray for young people seeking to discern your calling in their lives. We pray for the ministers who love them, challenge them, and offer them the living water of life in Jesus Christ. Amen.
Sunday Lectionary and Hymns
“O God, What You Ordain Is Right”
HB 366, PH 284
“Pues Si Vivimos”
(“When We Are Living”)
“I’m Gonna Live So God
Can Use Me”
“Where Cross the Crowded
Ways of Life”
HB 507, PH 408