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New Testament readings

Click on the links below to read mission stories from PC(USA) mission workers that illustrate special days and seasons from lectionary New Testament readings for 2019. Mission workers were asked to reflect on these scripture readings as they relate to their ministries and those of the global partners with whom they serve. Check back frequently for updated stories for special Sundays.




First Sunday of Advent, December 1
A reflection from Paula Cooper, mission co-worker serving in Malawi, Kenya, Rwanda and Zambia

Second Sunday of Advent, December 8
A reflection by Noah Park, mission co-worker serving in Egypt

Third Sunday of Advent, December 15
A reflection by Ellen Smith, mission co-worker based in Germany, serving also in Russia and Belarus

Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 22
A reflection from Maribel Pérez, a mission co-worker, serving in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Nativity of the Lord/Christmas Eve, December 24
A reflection from Elmarie Parker, mission co-worker serving in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq

Nativity of the Lord/Christmas Day, December 25
A reflection from a mission co-worker* serving in Egypt
*Name withheld for security reasons.


World Communion Sunday, October 6
A reflection by John McCall, serving in Taiwan

Mission Worker Sunday (Sixth Sunday of Easter), May 26
A reflection from Stephanie Caudill, associate, Equipping for Mission Involvement, Presbyterian World Mission


First Sunday in Lent, March 10
A reflection from Al and Ellen Smith, mission co-workers serving in Germany

Second Sunday in Lent, March 17
A reflection by the Rev. Victor E. Makari, PhD, regional liaison for Israel, Palestine and Jordan

Third Sunday in Lent, March 24
A reflection from Dan Turk, mission co-worker serving in Madagascar

Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 31
A reflection from Sarah Henken, mission co-worker serving in Colombia

Fifth Sunday in Lent, April 7
A reflection from John McCall, mission co-worker serving in Taiwan

Holy Week: Palm (Passion) Sunday, April 14
A reflection from Michael Parker, associate for ecumenical partnerships serving as professor of church history at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo

Holy Week: Monday, April 15
A reflection from Emily Hicks, a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) serving in Washington, D.C.

Holy Week: Tuesday, April 16
A reflection from Leslie Vogel, regional liaison for Mexico and Guatemala

Holy Week: Wednesday, April 17
A reflection from Nancy Smith-Mather, mission co-worker serving in South Sudan

Holy Week: Maundy Thursday, April 18
A reflection from Cobbie and Dessa Palm, mission co-workers serving in the Philippines

Holy Week: Good Friday, April 19
A reflection from David Cortes, a mission co-worker serving in Cuba

Holy Week: The Great Vigil of Easter, Saturday, April 20
A reflection from Erin Tolar, a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) serving in Ashville, NC

Holy Week: Easter Sunday, April 21
A reflection from the Rev. Jose Luis Casal, director of World Mission