By: Andy Jepson Nov 20, 2017
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 25:31-46
Prayers for Sri Lanka:
Gracious God, we thank and praise you for the many ways you offer us to be your people – hands and feet, listening hearts and inventive minds - to bring your love and creative spirit of help and healing to your people. In a world that seems increasingly to find reasons to solve problems with threats and anger and violence, we cherish your gift...Read more...
By: Judy Chan Nov 17, 2017
On August 17, three young Hong Kong student protest leaders were sent to jail with terms ranging fromsix to eight months. Nathan Law, Joshua Wong, and Alex Chow had been given community service or a suspended sentence last year for their part in the 2014 pro-democracy demonstrations known as the “Occupy/Umbrella Movement”. However, the Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen asked the Hong Kong Court of Appeal to review the earlier sentences, stating...Read more...
By: Karen Campbell-Nelson Nov 14, 2017
In her seminal work, Texts of Terror (Fortress Press, 1984), Phyllis Trible gives us stories, a methodology, and a perspective for engaging with the Bible in ways that challenge us to admit: “Sad stories do not have happy endings” (p. 2). For example, Hagar is a woman of many “firsts”.
Hagar is a pivotal figure in biblical theology. She is the first person in scripture whom a divine messenger visits and the only person who dares to name...Read more...
By: Loren McGrail Nov 14, 2017
On the afternoon of September 19th, the eve of Rosh Hashanah, St. Stephens Church was vandalized. Father Martinelli said they must have come in through the small side gate during a visit of a Russian pilgrim group . They entered past the beautiful 4th century mosaics and went straight to the altar and side chapels and knocked over and broke statues and crosses.Read more...
By: Judy Chan Nov 13, 2017
The 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation was not forgotten in Hong Kong. Asian Christians may seem far removed from the events of Europe in 1517, yet churches of every background marked the anniversary year with worship services, theological discussions, seminars, publications, and even an overseas trip for unity. Let me highlight three events of the Hong Kong Christian Council that took place in 2017.Read more...
By: Anne Gregory Nov 13, 2017
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 25:14-30
Prayers for Thailand:
We give thanks, O God, for the late king of Thailand, who practiced mercy and inspired the love and respect of millions, of every religion. In a day when so many use their power for abuse and corruption, we thank you for a true human example of kindness and compassion. And now, we pray for the gifts of wisdom and stability in a nation thrown...Read more...
By: Nishan Bakalian Nov 06, 2017
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 25:1-13
Prayers for Lebanon:
O God who calls us to be ready at all times to meet you, help us to be good stewards of the lives, resources and institutions you entrust to us, so that we would not be counted among the thoughtless, the haphazard, or the foolish.
Yet we indeed fool ourselves into thinking that we have everything under control, that we are clever enough to handle...Read more...
By: Joanines Adorno-Diaz Oct 31, 2017
This story was written for the October 2017 newsletter of the Diocese of Durgapur, Church of North India.
Arriving in India I did not know what to expect. Everything is so different–different sights, smells, sounds and textures; needless to say that all my senses were working and running at the same time. Coming from the “outside” I did see a lot of garbage in the streets, cows, pigs, goats, dogs and a lot...Read more...
By: Phyllis Byrd Oct 30, 2017
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 23:1-12
Prayers for Kenya:
Dear God, we lift up our sisters and brothers in Kenya this day. We pray that Kenya's scheduled elections for October 26 bring peace and reconciliation to the country. Be with the people of Liberia, as they, too, hold runoff elections. We pray for children in Kenya facing severe malnutrition, especially in West and East Pokot, Samburu, and Mandera. God, be with the ministry...Read more...