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“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit.” —Acts 2:4

Thursday, October 29

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Presbytery of West Jersey

 

Packing meals for Stop Hunger Now Photo by Kathryn M. Repici

 

Packing meals for Stop Hunger Now

 

Photo by Kathryn M. Repici

 

Discipleship means more than just following Jesus. It means living and breathing faith into everything we do as we follow Jesus. The prophetic voice tells us we must confront difficult issues, not only locally but globally. One of the ways the youth of the Presbytery of West Jersey took up this challenge was by participating in World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine.

In 2014, a dozen congregations participated in this two-day event. More than 75 junior high and high school students and 16 adults fasted while listening for God’s direction about how they could make a difference. They willingly entered into the experience of hunger so familiar to the malnourished and starving children for whom they were raising money—all the while serving the community at multiple service sites. They fed 350 homeless people, turned soil for community gardens, visited with residents at a nursing home, painted a community center—and had a blast doing it. The largest service project they completed was packing 10,000 meals for Stop Hunger Now, a program some had experienced through Presbyterian Youth Triennium.

The event exemplified a holistic approach to faith focused on making a tangible difference in the world. It raised $8,700, enough to feed 20 children for an entire year. These students changed lives one child and one relationship at a time. With support from the mission committee and adults who prayed and “fasted from afar,” they proclaimed in witness the love of God.

The Presbytery of West Jersey is home to 63 congregations.

Kathryn M. Repici, communications manager, Presbytery of West Jersey

Let us join in prayer for

Presbytery Staff

Rev. Dr. Deborah Brincivalli, executive presbyter
Donna Cook, administrative associate
Kathryn M. Repici, communications manager
Rev. Wendy Boer, stated clerk
Rev. Ellie Cowherd, consultant for congregational life
Rev. Carlos Rivera, Tres Iglesias

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Rev. Allison Seed, BOP
Ganesh Seemungal, PMA
Geeta Seemungal, PMA

Let us pray

Lord Jesus, thank you for calling us and giving us the strength to respond, not only with words, which fade, but with our lives. We are grateful that you allow us to be your hands and witness in our communities and throughout the world. Help us to hear your voice for the changes you want us to make. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 116; 147:12-20
First Reading Nehemiah 1:1-11
Or alternate First Reading Lamentations 2:16-22
Second Reading Revelation 5:11-6:11
Gospel Reading Matthew 13:18-23
Evening Psalms 26; 130

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