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Minute for Mission: Universal Day of Prayer for Students

Stories of Faith

February 19, 2017

Around the world, the stories of students are as diverse as the cultures and lands from which they come. Individuals furthering their education may do so out of a sense of hope for the future, that they might improve their lives and be exposed to ideas that challenge and change them. This period of transformation and growth comes at a time when many students are physically separated from their support networks and communities of faith.

The Student Christian Movement provides space where these students can share their stories and walk their faith journeys together.

Local Student Christian Movements comprise the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF), headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The WSCF has six regions, each with its own particularity. The WSCF organizes the annual Universal Day of Prayer for Students. The Day of Prayer provides an opportunity to remember students in prayer and to raise up the concerns of students around the world.

Please write about your reason to pray for students in 2017. These stories will appear on the Student Sunday webpage and be shared through social media and email newsletters. The organizers hope to circulate them to partner movements and regions elsewhere too. Please also remember those who aspire to be students but are unable to fulfill the dream of furthering their education.

Melissa G. Davis, coordinator, Ecumenical Education         

Today’s Focus:  Universal Day of Prayer for Students

Let us join in prayer for:

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Marsha Stearley, PMA                                                                   
Terri Stephenson, OGA   

Let us pray:

God alongside us, you know what it is to live a student life: always seeking, asking questions; always adapting, reassessing; always learning, but never sure ourselves. Be with us as we gather to listen to your words, and help us to share our stories in peace and confidence. Amen.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, February 19, 2017, the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

First Reading Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
Psalm 119:33-40
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23
Gospel Matthew 5:38-48



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