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...
By: Maria Bakalian Dec 25, 2017
Lectionary Selection: Luke 2:22-40
Prayers for Lebanon:
Praise the Lord (Hallelujah!).
We come before you, joining all of creation, and praise your name. Praise to you, the Creator of all in the universe, the Giver of life, the Provider and Sustainer of us all.
We at times are not aware of your unending love for us, and yet you continue to love us with unconditional love. At times we are impatient in our...Read more...
By: Elena Huegel Dec 18, 2017
Lectionary Selection: Luke 1:26-38
Prayers for Mexico:
There I was: small, defenseless, alone
without any understanding of the magnitude of the damage.
There You were: powerful, loving, and in a strange, incomprehensible way,
full of compassion.
You saw me, You loved me, years went by... and, today, You keep loving me.
There I was: growing in pain, in sadness, in anger;
clinging to You, to...Read more...
By: Elena Huegel Dec 13, 2017
“And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.
And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:
For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she...Read more...
By: Global Ministries Dec 12, 2017
Arriving in Jerusalem took me back to the origins of the people of the three Abrahamic faiths: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. To see and experience the living presence of the three faiths, and how they are interconnected through this historical, Middle-Eastern town named Jerusalem, opens my mind and heart to listen and hear more fully. I heard the voice of the Islamic conquest of 632 of the city known as al-Qudsash-Sharif (“the noble and sacred”) in the call for prayer...Read more...
By: Michael Joseph Dec 11, 2017
Lectionary Selection: Luke 23:33-43
Prayers for Colombia:
Today we pray for the country of Colombia and our partners in mission there. Over the past year they have been actively engaged with the implementation of the peace accords between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas that brought an end to fifty years of war. We pray that their calls for peace and justice may be heard.
We also...Read more...
By: Loren McGrail Dec 04, 2017
According to tradition, Burbara (Barbara in English) was the daughter of the pagan Dioscurus. On discovering that she became a Christian, her father tried to kill her, but she was miraculously transported out of his reach. Dioscurus denounced her to the authorities. Despite being tortured, she refused to denounce her faith. Her father killed her and was immediately struck by lightning and reduced to ashes. As a result of her father's...Read more...
By: Allison Trezona Dec 04, 2017
After living in England for about 2 months, I have adjusted very well to my work schedule, made new friends, and know exactly the latest time I can leave the house to catch the train in time!
This is my work schedule so you can get a sense of my daily life.
By: Loren McGrail Nov 30, 2017
Love. Love God, love neighbor. This is the message this Reformation Sunday; the day we celebrate the founding of our
Protestant faith; the day we remember when religious dogma was challenged and changed.
Love, God. Love your neighbor. All the law and prophets depend on these two intertwined and entangled commandments.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and...Read more...
By: Bruce Van Voorhis Nov 27, 2017
Lectionary Selection: Mark 13: 24-37
Prayers for Hong Kong:
On this first day of Advent, Lord, we are watching and waiting to celebrate your birth and your life among us. We are in much need for your presence and your teachings in our world today. We already feel like the days of tribulation in Mark 13:24 have arrived, that the sun and moon are already dark and lifeless, that the stars...Read more...