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“Truly this man was God’s Son!” —Mark 1:39

Wednesday, October 1

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Season of Peace

Eastern Korean Presbytery

Read in Korean


The New Mercy Community Church in Hackensack, New Jersey, is a community of ordinary people who have found hope in an extraordinary God. In fact, they report that their community is filled with broken people.

But this is as it should be, for Jesus came not for the righteous but for the sick. They believe this is precisely what the church is supposed to be—broken people finding hope and healing in Jesus and his life-changing gospel. This is why they call New Mercy “a church for the broken.”

New Mercy is a family that journeys through life’s difficulties and joys together, striving to grow and to serve God’s kingdom and his people with all that they have and in all that they do. Just as they have experienced God’s radical mercy, they long to be vessels through which God pours out his mercy into this world at the dawn of each new day.

The congregation is organized around four pillars of ministry: restoration and renewal, spiritual formation, education and formation, and compassion and service.

Its pastoral leadership team model is unique. No matter how well-balanced a person may seem, upon closer examination, even the most well-rounded typically have one or two strengths that stand out above the others. In a model of shared leadership, the gifts and talents and discernment of several serve the congregation.

New Mercy’s pastoral team consists of Pastor Won Jae Hudson Yu, the Big Picture guy; Pastor Kee Won Huh, the scholar; John Huh, the counselor; and Hannah Huh, the trainer. The pastors are excited to serve as a team. People often don’t voluntarily request pay cuts, but that is exactly what they did to work in this type of ministry model. And it’s something the congregation is excited to see in action—to be exposed to God’s teaching through each pastor’s unique and varying perspectives and to serve with them in planting this church.

New Mercy Community Church is one of 32 congregations in Eastern Korean Presbytery.

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff

Moongil Cho, executive presbyter
Hyung D. Kwon, stated clerk
Esther S. Kim, office manager

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Robin Roach, BOP
Lisa Robbins, PMA

Let us pray

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lam. 3:22–23). Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 96; 147:1-11
First Reading Hosea 3:1-5
Second Reading Acts 21:15-26
Gospel Reading Luke 5:27-39
Evening Psalms 132; 134

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