Monday, October 26
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Presbytery of Southern New England
Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island
God plants in the soul of disciples a passion for mission. Yet the daily and unrelenting busyness of our lives buries that passion. Even our church duties can be so overwhelming that we lose contact with our call from God to be in mission.
Our presbytery has “deconstructed” much of its structure so that people are free from old work and able to live out new creative and innovative ideas for mission. This change has opened up our gatherings to participant-generated conversations about passions. The results have been miraculous! Innovative ideas about how to be the body of Christ have burst from hidden places, and we’ve discovered that others share our passions. As the momentum of new ideas continues to build, our God-given passions for mission are released.
Tap Rap with the Rocking Rev. is one of our emerging missions. The family of Rev. Dick Dannenfelser owns a bar where he works occasionally. He had so many conversations with patrons about deep personal and faith issues that he was moved to start a regular “tap rap” where these issues could be talked about in a compassionate, nonjudgmental way. Dozens of people show up every time, many of them veterans without any church home.
Presbyterian Immigrant Ministries is an emerging new worshiping community in the detention centers for immigrants. Rev. Gerson Annunciacao’s passion for imprisoned immigrants was released when he left his congregation to pursue prayer, Bible studies, fellowship, and pastoral care in prisons.
A dinner church for people wounded by previous church experiences, a spiritual fellowship gathered around a passion for art, a pay-as-you-go cafe—these are just some of the emerging missions coming from compassionate and prophetic disciples. Please pray for all of our newborn missions!
The Presbytery of Southern New England serves 33 congregations.
—Rev. Dana F. Lindsley, presbyter to the spiritual community
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
God, thank you for planting in us passions for mission and for giving us the opportunities to pursue them. Amen