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

Sunday, October 26

The Lord’s Day

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Minute for Mission: Reformation Sunday


Students explore culture and encourage church leaders in Southeast Asia. Courtesy of Jennifer Haddox


Students explore culture and encourage church leaders in Southeast Asia.


Courtesy of Jennifer Haddox


World Mission Initiative at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary offers opportunities for students and congregations in our region to witness God’s mission through the global church and discover how they can be involved. A hallmark of our ministry is providing opportunities for students to participate with the church in Africa, Asia, and Latin America on short-term mission trips. We see how this transforms a student’s view of the church, the world, and how God is calling us as “sent people.” As one student has said, “You cannot fully understand the local church without understanding the global church.”

One of our key global partnerships is with a church in Southeast Asia. This partnership began 10 years ago with an exploratory trip and a weekly prayer meeting on campus, which continues to this day. Our involvement has included supporting efforts of evangelism and leadership development by sponsoring conferences and providing for leadership-development retreats. We have witnessed the start of a church-planting movement among a minority ethnic group, and we are now focusing on how to give this small movement a strong start by facilitating opportunities for house-church leaders from various villages to connect and share. It has been a dynamic relationship, where we learn and gain from the church just as much as we contribute or share. Students have remarked, “Seeing a young church struggling to find what it means to change your life to become a follower of Jesus has really driven me to ask that question more carefully in my life and to encourage my congregation to do the same.”

Rev. Jennifer Haddox, associate director, World Mission Initiative, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Let us pray

Gracious Lord, open our eyes and hearts to see your mission in the world, and give us discernment and courage to participate in ways that bring glory to your name. Amen.

Sunday Lectionary and Hymns

Deut. 34:1–12
“Lord of Light, Your
Name Outshining”
PH 425

Ps. 90:1–6, 13–17
“Our God, Our Help in Ages Past”
HB 111, PH 210

1 Thess. 2:1–8
“Lord, Speak to Me,
That I May Speak”
HB 298, PH 426

Matt. 22:34–46
“Christian Women, Christian Men”
PH 348

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 108; 150
First Reading Jonah 1:1-17a
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 10:15-24
Gospel Reading Matthew 18:15-20
Evening Psalms 66; 23

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