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

Tuesday, September 30

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Season of Peace

The Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse

New York

Three of the more than 90 volunteers who came out for MLK Service Day at Westminster Presbyterian, Syracuse



Three of the more than 90 volunteers who came out for MLK Service Day at Westminster Presbyterian in Syracuse


Under the banner “Presbyterians 4 U,” more than 90 people, children to older adults, from 11 congregations in the Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse gathered for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Westminster is one of the oldest congregations in Syracuse and has fought to maintain its presence as a witness to Jesus Christ in a changing neighborhood despite decreasing membership. Under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Patricia Simmons, it is reaching out to the community with renewed hope and commitment.

The day began with inspiring worship and table fellowship followed by hands-on mission: putting together health and hygiene kits, donating food for an ecumenical food pantry, making bag lunches for the city’s Rescue Mission, cleaning out and painting rooms, and organizing Christian education resources. A follow-up work day was held in March to finish some of the projects. As a result of this effort, new friendships and partnerships have been forged and new possibilities are being imagined.

This outreach began when pastors and a few others met to discern how the presbytery might come together around congregations that are struggling to maintain their witness. The presbytery has transitioned from a more traditional structure to a virtual one without a presbytery executive or physical office. The new structure calls for creative approaches from the presbytery’s 38 congregations as they together seek to fulfill the Great Commission.

Rev. Peter Shidemantle, chair, presbytery leadership team

Let us join in prayer for:

Rev. Marianne Rhebergen, member, PMA Board

Presbytery Staff

Rev. Steven W. Plank, stated clerk/communicator

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Kay Riley, PMA
Elder James Rissler, PILP

Let us pray

We thank you, Lord, for the new thing you are doing among us. We pray for the mission and ministry of the presbytery’s congregations, who are envisioning and acting on a new way to be your people in a changed and changing world. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 12; 146
First Reading Hosea 2:16-23
Second Reading Acts 21:1-14
Gospel Reading Luke 5:12-26
Evening Psalms 36; 7

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