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“Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last.” Matt. 27:50

Sunday, September 29

The Lord’s Day

Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence

Minute for Mission: Evangelism

 

Volunteer barbers and hair stylists gave more than 50 free haircuts in two hours.

 

They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, . . . so that they may take hold of the life that really is life. (1 Tim. 6:18–19)

When leaders at C. N. Jenkins Memorial Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, began using Engage, a Presbyterian Mission Agency resource, they started praying and reading Scripture together. In the process, their faith stories came alive, touching 94 people who made professions of faith, 63 becoming new members.

The congregation also became engaged in new service opportunities in its community, partnering with Covenant Presbyterian Church in “Impact Charlotte.” More than 800 volunteers worked together on 50 service projects. C. N. Jenkins hosted a one-stop shop offering clothing and free haircuts and shaves. “One of the homeless men thanked us for allowing him to go home with dignity,” says Pastor Jerry Cannon. “There was another guy looking for a coat,” project head Michelle Stewart adds, “but we were out, because coats were the first thing to go. One of our volunteers gave him the coat off his back.” According to Stewart, one little girl who lives in the city shelter and came to the shop with damaged hair was “so excited about her new bouncy haircut that she didn’t want to leave.”

Cannon says seeing this little girl and hearing the homeless has caused his congregation to shift its focus from attendance and programming: “Engage has given us new language to describe why we do what we do. We are connecting people to God and each other.”

Rev. Paul Seebeck, Mission Communications, Evangelism and Church Growth

Let us pray

God, thank you for the ripple effect on lives when we engage Scripture. Continue to encourage us “to take hold of life that really is life.” As we learn to share our faith and serve our communities, teach us how to be the church—“rich in good works, generous, and ready to share.” Amen.

Sunday Lectionary and Hymns

Jer. 32:1–3a, 6–15
O God, What You Ordain Is Right
PH 284, HB 366
Ps. 91:1–6, 14–16
Within Your Shelter, Loving God
PH 212
1 Tim. 6:6–19
Fight the Good Fight
PH 307, HB 359
Luke 16:19–31
Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service
PH 427

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 108; 150
First Reading 2 Kings 17:1-18
Second Reading Acts 9:36-43
Gospel Reading Luke 5:1-11
Evening Psalms 66; 23

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