Thursday, March 26
Palo Duro Presbytery
“Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” (John 12:24)
Losing something precious is always difficult. But this passage from John’s Gospel reminds us that something glorious can come from painful loss. For Palo Duro Presbytery, the dissolution of some churches and the dismissal of others has led to new life, as promising new ministries have emerged through a presbytery program called This Little Light of Mine. Congregations applied for grants made possible by the sale of property and monetary gifts from departing churches. The new programs are bearing fruit across Palo Duro’s 50 congregations, helping the presbytery to fulfill its goal “to strengthen congregations for the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ.”
First Presbyterian in Baird sits in the middle of town. By demolishing a decaying and uninhabitable manse, the church increased its visibility and testified to its vitality. Worship attendance has doubled. Union Presbyterian in Brownwood opens its library for four hours on Friday and Saturday to students at Howard Payne University, whose library is closed those days. First Central in Abilene has begun a LOGOS program in order to reach out to Dyess Air Force Base children and the surrounding community. More than 30 children responded. First Plainview, First Lubbock, and Covenant Presbyterian Lubbock are engaging in target advertising. First Lubbock has employed a youth and children’s ministry director. The pastor and five others from Fain Presbyterian in Wichita Falls attended the National Evangelism and Church Growth Conference. New enthusiasm and hope were the result.
—Randy Branson, pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Graham
Let us join in prayer for:
Elder Susan Osoinach, member, PMA Board
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
“You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). May it be so! Amen.