Thursday, March 12
Presbytery de Cristo
Arizona, New Mexico
Lord, El Roi, “the God who sees us.” You are our awesome and holy God who casts out our fears and allows us to take risks. We thank you for breaking our hearts with what breaks yours. In our city of Tucson, the sixth-poorest city in the United States, you have given our congregation, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian, eyes to see children and adults who are in need; people just like us, with the same desire to be loved. In partnering with First Church of God and Good News Community Church, you have shown us what it’s like to have a conversation instead of turning away; to offer hope by giving a drink of water or providing a hot shower in our mobile shower unit; to offer clothes, tutoring, a warm meal, and hearts that say, “We care. We’re here.”
We see faith growing, with other congregations wanting to join in the Service Worship Sundays in our community that move us beyond church walls. It is freeing simply to love with no expectations. We paint, sew blankets, pull weeds, scrub floors, pack food totes for children, and visit the elderly. And through it all, we shed tears of joy in helping people write a different story for their lives—a story that now includes you, Jesus. We thank you for the elderly couple who, the wife having prayed for years that her husband would attend church, now come to church together because their mobile home was painted. Compassion showed him your love in an unexpected way.
Thank you for encouraging us to support city catalysts such as Community Renewal, Interfaith Community Services, and Tucson Refugee Ministry, which are loving examples of what you can do.
The Presbytery de Cristo serves 29 congregations and a Middle Eastern Presbyterian fellowship. Within the presbytery’s bounds are Frontera de Cristo, Borderlinks, and the Tucson Borderlands Young Adult Volunteer site.
—RuthAnn Smithrud, director of local outreach, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Tucson
Let us join in prayer for:
Elder Glen Snider, member, PMA Board
Young Adult Volunteers
Alice Dover, Allison Gosselin, Martin James, Hanbyeol Nam, and Emily Oshinskie, Tucson Borderlands
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Thank you, Lord, for the privilege of seeing the transformation in our community and in our own hearts as we walk out your love in a different way. We praise you, God, for giving us your second great commandment—to love our neighbors as ourselves. Amen.