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

Saturday, October 11

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The Presbytery of Newark

New Jersey

Bodies of Worship dance group at Elmwood United Presbyterian Church, East Orange Photo by Patrick Payne

 

 

Bodies of Worship dance group at Elmwood United Presbyterian Church, East Orange

 

Photo by Patrick Payne

 

Following the example set by Jesus in Matthew 19, Newark Presbytery proclaims, “Let the children come!” Caring adults lead initiatives like the Montclair Summer Youth Program at Trinity and Central churches. Music, multimedia academies, and mission trips engage youth and young adults at First Presbyterian (Caldwell); Grace (Montclair); Korean United and Bethany, both in Bloomfield; and the Roseville, First Hispanic, Elizabeth Avenue-Weequahic, and St. Paul’s congregations in Newark.

The youth and young adult ministry at Elmwood United (East Orange, West Orange, and Newark) typifies our story. Elmwood creates opportunities for young people to use their gifts to serve the church and the broader community. Children and youth have unique space to worship in their own alternative to Sunday school. Children initiated “Stack the Shelves,” a food drive to benefit those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Through the liturgical dance group Bodies of Worship, female youth transform worship and touch hearts. And when youth take over worship on Youth Sunday, they not only lead and preach but also plan the service.

Whether it is through service, camp, dancing, or worship, Newark Presbytery and its 38 congregations are proclaiming, “Let the children come!”

—Maria Crompton, pastor to youth and young adults, Elmwood Presbyterian Church, and Rev. Dr. Kevin Yoho, general presbyter

Let us join in prayer for:

Rev. Dr. Kevin Yoho, member, PMA Board

Presbytery Staff

Rev. Dr. Kevin Yoho, general presbyter
Elder Warren McNeill, stated clerk
Nailesh Bhavsar, accountant
Deirdre Malloy, office manager

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Marisol Santiago, BOP
Cheryl Santos, BOP
JoAnn Saunders, PMA

Let us pray

God, today we follow the example set by Jesus as we say,
Let the children come.
With their singing, dancing, and acting, we say,
Let the children come.
With their gifts, talents, and all that God has created them to be, we say,
Let the children come.
Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 104; 149
First Reading Hosea 10:1-15
Second Reading Acts 25:13-27
Gospel Reading Luke 8:16-25
Evening Psalms 138; 98

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