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“You shall love the Lord your God.” Matt. 22:37

Sunday, March 30

The Lord’s Day

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Minute for Mission:

Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Global students at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Photo by Ashley P. Schaffner

 

Global students at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

 

Photo by Ashley P. Schaffner

 

Global students: their stories are captivating. Told by young adults who have served God in India, sub-Saharan Africa, and mountain villages in South America—and amid the crushing poverty of a North American city—they captivate, move, and inspire, not because of the exotic locations but because of the love, life, and light of God in which they’ve participated.

Many of the students at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary today bring with them the rich experience of active service in global mission, which transforms the life of our seminary. Whether in a New Testament class or worship in Caldwell Chapel, whether in table fellowship in the Winn Center, in late-night conversations in student housing, or at a field-education site, the experiences of these students are igniting new fires of imagination here and beyond. Confirming the line from the old campfire song, “It only takes a spark to get a fire going,” we see these fires spreading.

Two aspects of Louisville Seminary’s strategic plan, Covenant for the Future, relate directly to the global mission experience of these students: our Doors to Dialogue and Black Church Studies programs. Both programs provide students vital knowledge and deep understanding to assist them in ministry in our diverse and pluralistic society. Professor Amy Plantinga Pauw has said: “Presbyterians have a big vision of God’s grace, beauty, and sovereignty. God is bigger than any one of us can grasp. That means Presbyterians need a big vision of the church.” Many of the students coming through our doors these days, together with the professors who teach them, are expanding the vision of our church to match what God is up to in God’s world.

Michael Jinkins, president, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Let us pray

Gracious and great God, grow our hearts big enough to embrace your mission for your world. Amen.

Sunday Lectionary and Hymns

1 Sam. 16:1–13
“Our God, to Whom We Turn”
HB 128, PH 278

Ps. 23
“The Lord’s My Shepherd,
I’ll Not Want”
HB 104, PH 170

Eph. 5:8–14
“O for a Closer Walk with God”
HB 319, PH 396, 397

John 9:1–41
“Amazing Grace,
How Sweet the Sound”
HB 275, PH 280

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 84; 150
First Reading Genesis 48:8-22
Second Reading Romans 8:11-25
Gospel Reading John 6:27-40
Evening Psalms 42; 32

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