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

Tuesday, October 28

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Kourtney McMurray, the Glen Kin Experience, March 2013 Courtesy of Martin Johnstone


Kourtney McMurray, the Glen Kin Experience, March 2013


Courtesy of Martin Johnstone


For the last decade, the Church of Scotland has deliberately—and consistently—sought to prioritize resources and money for its work in the country’s very poorest communities. That has meant a commitment to double our resources in our priority areas. If the church is not present in these places, then it ceases to be the church of Jesus Christ.

Over that time we have come to realize that young people are often among the most marginalized and that it is easy to write many of them off as current failures and future no-hopers. But that is not our experience. Instead, we see enormous talent, creativity, generosity, and wisdom. We are committed to supporting this generation of young people growing up in our poorest neighborhoods and to helping them become transformational leaders.

We work with young people and their youth workers to inspire young people where they live and enable them to experience all sorts of new challenges and opportunities in other settings. We see young people like Kourtney coming alive to their potential. One young man wrote to us recently to thank us for helping him to reimagine his life.

And so we begin to understand the nature of God’s community of love that is constantly breaking out among us.

Martin Johnstone, priority areas secretary, Church of Scotland

Let us join in prayer for:


Church of Scotland: Rev. John Chalmers, principal clerk • Churches Together in Britain and Ireland: Rev. Robert Fyffe, general secretary • Iona Community: Rev. Peter McDonald, leader

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Eva Slayton, PMA
Elder Valerie Small, OGA
Rev. Alexa Smith, PMA

Let us pray

I pray that someday there will be no poor people in the church because there will be no poverty. And I pray to you, the God of miracles, the God of the rich, the God of the poor, the God of the young, the God of the old. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 12; 146
First Reading Jonah 3:1-4:11
Second Reading Revelation 11:14-19
Gospel Reading Luke 11:27-36
Evening Psalms 36; 7

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