By: Joshua J. Busick Feb 12, 2018
Lectionary Selection: Mark 1: 9-15
Prayers for the Dominican Republic:
Gracious and loving God,
We thank you for the hope and guidance you show us every day. Your forgiving love was shown through Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit appearing in purity as a dove. We pray that you continue to guide us with this purity and love, where we can spread this blessing to every person that...Read more...
By: Lauren Robinson Feb 05, 2018
Lectionary Selection: Mark 9: 2-9
Prayers for the Philippines:
Lord, thank you for the beautiful image of friends bringing the paralyzed man to Jesus in Mark 2. Like the paralyzed man, we often need help in attaining spiritual and physical wholeness. God, you have made the whole world interdependent and in need of each other's support. Right now, we give praise for the Republic of the Philippines. A beautiful country filled...Read more...
By: Scott Couper Jan 30, 2018
Lectionary Selection: Mark 1:29-39
Prayers for South Africa:
Gracious God, by your power, make the Gospel message universal. Teach us through the ministry of Jesus Christ, the Word, that the Gospel is ‘good news’ and not ‘law and order.’ Through the Holy Spirit, provide us an epiphany that alerts us to the fact that the Gospel is not determined by national borders made by humans. May you, our God, the Son...Read more...
By: Eric Wilcox Jan 29, 2018
Jonah 3:10; Mark 1:14-20
“If you become a fish in a trout stream, said his mother,
I will become a fisherman and I will fish for you.”
This is my call story plain and simple. It is also one of the stories in Margaret Wise Brown’s children’s book, The Runaway Bunny which I read to my daughter Colette, religiously alternating with Brown’s other book, Good Night Moon. Both books allow for imaginative add-ons like “Good night dust under my bed”,...Read more...
By: Cara McKinney Jan 22, 2018
Lectionary Selection: Mark 1:21-28
Prayers for Mexico:
Father and mother God,
We ask for your guidance in listening to the voices of those who, like Jesus in the temple, speak from their own authority, those who carry the authority of their people, those who may see parts of the world differently than the way we see them. We ask you to open our eyes to the achievements of those who surround...Read more...
By: Loren McGrail Jan 19, 2018
Sermon preached Jan. 7, 2018 at St Andrew’s Scots Memorial Church, Jerusalem
First Sunday after the Epiphany
Genesis 1.1-5; Psalm 29.1-11; Acts 19.1-7; Mark 1.4-11
Rev Loren McGrail, United Church of Christ / YWCA of Palestine
Don’t mind the mud.
A certain drowning is required as Breath
From above is delivered on the wings of a dove.
The Baptizer’s bargain is this:
There’s no getting right with God.
There’s only getting soaked.
From Ken Sehested, The Baptizer’s BargainRead more...
By: Rosalind Gnatt Jan 10, 2018
Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or well-born when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose the low-born, the things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast...Read more...
By: Andy Jepson Jan 08, 2018
Lectionary Selection: John 1:43-51
Prayers for Sri Lanka:
God of all people and of all hope, we give thanks that you created us to be love, hope and peace for and with each other.
You trust us all with mighty work in a world of mighty needs.
Were we to trust only ourselves, we would fail. We would invite the future we fear most – war and injustice, destruction...Read more...
By: Bethany Waggoner Jan 01, 2018
Lectionary Selection: Mark 1:4-11
Prayers for Lebanon:
Gracious and loving God,
In this holy season of renewal and rebirth, may we be made new through reflection and repentance.
In this holy season of hope for a better tomorrow, may we be charged with the fire of the Holy Spirit and resolved to be active participants in building a peaceful world.
In this holy season of your love made real...Read more...