Sunday, September 22
The Lord’s Day
Minute for Mission: Native American Day
It was late, but it was the beginning; there were whispers, but then the voices became stronger and louder; there were soft chuckles, but then came the gut-busting laughter.
Such were the transitions for 10 Native American youth when they first met as the leadership team for the American Indian Youth Council of the PC(USA) over a weekend in April 2012. These young people, ranging from 14 to 16 years of age, came from Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Idaho, and Alaska to begin a three-year commitment to providing leadership for Native American youth in the church.
They are gaining knowledge and experience that will help them plan the national conference for Native American youth scheduled for summer 2014. In addition to planning for the conference, they will be developing leadership skills. With the help of four adult advisors, the youth will participate in team-building activities, undertake communication and public-speaking exercises, learn to moderate meetings, and facilitate small groups.
The Extra Commitment Opportunities contributions designated for Native American Youth cover some of the costs for this ministry. The future of our Native churches looks very promising because of the leadership skills being developed in these youth. This initial group may be small, but we trust that God, in increasing both their faith and their understanding of the church, will multiply the ministry benefits for Native churches.
—Krista Langley, adult advisor to the American Indian Youth Council, Indian Presbyterian Church, Livingston, Texas
Let us pray
Creator God, who sends the Spirit so that our youth will run and not get weary, we thank you for the young people who want to be part of Christ’s church. May the Spirit lift up our Native youth into your caring hands, so that they may become the leaders you have called them to be. Amen.
Sunday Lectionary and Hymns
There Is a Balm in Gilead
All Hail to God’s Anointed
PH 205, HB 146
1 Tim. 2:1–7
All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
PH 142 and 143, HB 132
We Give Thee but Thine Own
PH 428, HB 312