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Today in the Mission Yearbook

Minute for Mission: College and Young Adult Sunday

August 12, 2018

As we wind down from the slower pace of the summer, we’re reminded that a seasonal shift is upon us. Our Sunday newspapers are littered with ads that boast the best “back-to-school” sales, as our grocery stores beckon us to stock up for “one last summer BBQ.” With cooler, less humid days are on the horizon, we prepare to say goodbye to summer, as we welcome autumn and all that it brings. 

On this College and Young Adult Sunday, we’re also reminded that there are young people in our congregations who are readily preparing themselves for a semester ahead. With aspirations of a fresh start, they look forward to returning to their educational institutions. Armed with the latest paraphernalia for their dorm rooms and apartments, these young adults ready themselves for this transition and all that it will bring. Praying for these young people during this time is part of our calling as the community of faith, but they are not the only people we should be praying for. 

Right now, there are hundreds of collegiate ministers, campus pastors and college chaplains who are preparing worship spaces, compiling rosters and making plans to launch into another year of collegiate ministry. These faithful saints are the unsung heroes in our children’s formation that we can easily overlook if we’re not attentive. We don’t always see them in our Sunday morning services or when we drop our students off at their institutions, but they are there waiting to journey alongside our youth. 

It is with their ministry and wellbeing in mind that we invite you to pray the prayer below as a reminder of their work and its importance. As we lift them up, may they feel the presence of God’s Spirit upon them.

Jason Santos; Coordinator; Collegiate, Young Adult and Youth Ministries; Theology Formation & Evangelism

Today’s Focus:  College and Young Adult Sunday

Let us join in prayer for: 

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Marsha Stearley, PMA
Terri Stephenson, OGA

Let us pray:

God of Grace, we thank you that our children have the opportunity to learn and grow in institutions of education and training and today we ask that you not only guide them as they prepare for a new school year, but that you might also be with those ministers who come alongside our youth. Give them strength for the year ahead that they will be filled with grace, hope and peace. Give them discernment as they help our young people make important decisions for the future. And give them hope that their tireless work might help form faithful followers of Christ. Thank you for them and all the ministry that happens in and through them. We offer these prayers in the name of Christ Jesus. Amen. 

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, August 12, 2018, the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

First Reading 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33
Psalm 130:1-8
Second Reading Ephesians 4:25-5:2
Gospel John 6:35, 41-51