Wednesday, March 12
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Several years ago, the presbytery youth ministry committee decided to do something different, which provided another opportunity for presbytery youth to serve—under a bridge.
On the second Sunday of the month, a different youth group from the presbytery travels to Waco to be among a congregation that meets under a bridge on Interstate 35. For some the journey can take two or three hours. They come in order to serve a meal they have prepared for congregation members, nearly all of whom are homeless.
The meal is served before the worship service, which starts around 11 o’clock. Depending on the time of year, up to 200 people are served. After the meal, youth and sponsors stay and worship with the Church under the Bridge.
“It makes me feel good helping people,” says Sarah Ellis, a 12th grader from First Presbyterian Church in Bonham. “Seeing the look on their faces says it all. It makes me feel like a better Christian to go out and do what God has called me to do and help others, not just myself.”
Eighth grader Josh Easley adds, “It felt good to see other people have a chance to go to church, for them to hear the Word of God, and for them to feel relaxed for a few hours on a Sunday, even if they have no home.
Austin College in Sherman and Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services in several cities are within Grace Presbytery. These ministries, along with several other Presbyterian-related organizations, are supported by 40,495 members of Grace’s 162 congregations and several new church developments and fellowships.
— Rob Allen, director of communications, Grace Presbytery
Let us join in prayer for:
Rev. Nancy Ramsay, member, PMA Board
Rev. Janet DeVries, general presbyter
Rev. Gerry Tyer, stated clerk
Rev. Michael Thompson, associate general presbyter
Rev. Ronnie Holloman, senior director, ministry and church transitions
Elder Rob Allen, director, communication
Elder Leah Wyckoff, director, resource center
Elder Gary Holloman, director, youth and young adults
Joanna Kim, director, cross cultural mission and ministry
Vicki Roberts, financial coordinator
Jim Hawthorne, COM consultant
Gloria Beard, executive assistant
Deacon Amy Bemis, executive assistant
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
John Delaney, BOP
Corina Delman, OGA
Let us pray
God, you are constantly welcoming and providing for us. Help us to remember to do the same for the people we encounter. Give us opportunities to see people around us who often seem to be invisible. Amen.