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“Create in me a clean heart, O God.” —Ps. 51:10

Thursday, October 23

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The Presbytery of Western New York

Young adult ministry, First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo Courtesy of Christina Banas


Young adult ministry, First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo


Courtesy of Christina Banas


On a rainy autumn evening, a group of young adults from First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo gathered at a cozy home for a meal and discussion. It was a planned event for the congregation’s annual stewardship campaign, yet—as often happens when any from this group get together—the Spirit was present, transforming the gathering into much more.

They are a diverse group of people, varied in many ways, including ethnicity, socioeconomics, theology, family background, and marital status. Where differences often divide, the Spirit unites. A conversation about stewardship led to deep discussions about faith, discipleship, and responsibilities in the present and the future.

Blueprints evolved. Ideas came to life for fellowship activities, group studies, local mission projects, and ways to care for those in need. The realization that they are the future of the church emerged.

Since that rainy autumn evening, several of these young adults have been elected to the session and the board of deacons. They teach Sunday school; they gather for Bible study in each other’s homes; they plan and lead occasional worship services. For fellowship, they go out for brunch after worship the first Sunday of each month. They are a reliable and faithful presence in the life of the congregation.

As the present becomes the future, the young adults of First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo are playing an active role—and having fun while doing so.

First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo is one of 61 congregations in the Presbytery of Western New York.

Christina Banas, business manager, First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff

Bronwen W. Boswell, presbyter of discipleship, communications, and transformation
Laura Norris Buisch, stated clerk
Dale Harten, business manager
Janice L. Tyson, administrative assistant
Mary Mohlke, resource center

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Effie Shipp, PILP
Cecelia Siebert, PILP
Rev. Peter Sime, BOP

Let us pray

Lord, open our hearts and minds to the Spirit at all times. Help us to look and listen for opportunities to serve you. Ground us in the present; instill faith in us to face the future with hope and joy. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 143; 147:12-20
First Reading Micah 5:1-4, 10-15
Second Reading Revelation 9:1-12
Gospel Reading Luke 10:25-37
Evening Psalms 81; 116

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