Sunday, September 28
The Lord’s Day
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Global Week of Action against Gun Violence/Season of Peace
Minute for Mission: Evangelism Sunday
The story of how Tamara John ended up starting a new worshiping community is ultimately about the redeeming and healing power of Jesus Christ.
Fifteen years ago, John had other priorities. “The more [money] my husband and I made, the darker it got,” she says. “We’d party—do drugs and alcohol—then recuperate and do it all over again.”
One day a woman at the Bible study she was attending pulled her aside, saying, “I love you, but you are going down a bad road.” Shaken, John began to pray. Over time she felt God saying, “I have a life for you; this is not the life I have created for you.”
She began to step out of the party scene, hoping her husband would follow her example. Instead, he told her, “Go back to being the woman I married, or leave.”
After going through the trauma of divorce, John felt a call to minister and care for people who had been wounded by life. This desire deepened at seminary. Nearing graduation, she got a feeling that she would have a base to
do this kind of ministry but that it would be mobile.
Two years ago John began living in an RV park in Huntington Beach, California. She ministers to people in a chapel in the back of her RV. “I’ve talked with people who have walked away from God, who are struggling to trust God again,” she says.
John was ordained as an evangelist to the RV park by the Presbytery of Los Ranchos in May 2013. “I get to baptize people now, to bring them down into the water and raise them up into new life in Jesus Christ. That is my hope for everyone I meet—for Jesus to make them new, with all the old gone.”
Let us pray
Thank you, Lord Jesus, that in you the old has passed away and all things become new. Amen.
Sunday Lectionary and Hymns
“Come, Sing with Joy to God”
Ps. 78:1–4, 12–16
“When Morning Gilds the Skies”
HB 41, PH 487
“All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!”
HB 132, PH 142, 143
“O Love, How Deep, How Broad,