Presbyterian Church (USA) recently announced that it will be holding devotional services on Capitol Hill with the intention of building relationships with members of Congress and staff.
The Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, director of the PC(USA) Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Office of Public Witness, told The Christian Post in an interview on Thursday that the inspiration for the services came from The Episcopal Church.
“About a year ago, when the seed was planted by the knowledge that the Episcopalians were doing a quarterly service,” explained Hawkins. “It is an opportunity for members of Congress to begin the month in worship and prayer in a nonpartisan worship setting.”
The format for the service, according to Hawkins, will be a 30-minute service of worship with prayers and a brief sermon, followed by a time of socializing among attendees. All are welcomed regardless of religious affiliation.
The PC(USA) agency will begin holding the services in September.
There are 26 members of Congress who belong to the PC(USA), equally split between 13 in the House of Representatives and 13 in the Senate, explained Hawkins in an interview with Presbyterian News Service.
“It’s really relationship building,” Hawkins told PNS. “We want people in Congress to get to know us and see us as a trusted entity.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski