By: John Campbell-Nelson May 15, 2017
Lectionary Selection: John 14:15-21
Prayers for Indonesia
O Holy One of Truth and Love, we long for the Advocate that embodies a Spirit of Truth. We are so often confused by claims about truth and falsehoods, facts and fake news, that we forget our mission to love and care for all. May Your acts of love and compassion inspire us to nurture our local communities as well as national and international ones....Read more...
By: Elena Huegel May 09, 2017
jTatic Samuel, as he was lovingly known to all in this region of Mexico, was the visionary Bishop of the Catholic Church in San Cristobal de las Casas from 1959 to 1999. jTatic was the title the Mayan descendants, the Original Peoples of Chiapas, gave him and means "our dear father", a sign of respect and appreciation for his tireless work on behalf of the marginalized and the poor. There are many ways...Read more...
By: Loren McGrail May 08, 2017
I am not interested in picking up the crumbs of compassion from the table
from someone who considers himself my master.
I want the full menu of rights.
I love this Gospel story plain and simple because it features both a bold and persistent woman and a Jesus who sometimes doesn’t get it right away but is able to change. I have come to love this difficult story of protest...Read more...
By: Kearstin Bailey May 08, 2017
Lectionary Selection: John 14:1-14
Prayers for Hungary:
Loving God, Creator of the heavens and earth, we come before you today in awe and thanksgiving knowing that you are always present with us. Despite the hardships that our world faces, we know you are with us as we strive to embody your radical love. As we struggle at times to discern our path in life, may we always turn to you for guidance....Read more...
By: Amelia Casillas May 01, 2017
Lectionary Selection: John 10:1-10
Prayers for Paraguay:
We give glory and praise to the God of open doors and abundant life for the Paraguayan people. Thank you, God, because we have witnessed your intervention with the indigenous communities, where you have been refuge, safety, and salvation. Thank you for the believing people who hold this Ministry where we can reach a town that needs medical care, support, and food security. Give us...Read more...
By: Mark Behle Apr 24, 2017
Lectionary Selection: Luke 24:13-35
Prayers for Lesotho:
Today we lift up in prayer the Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa (LECSA). We give thanks for their efforts in working for peace and reconciliation to bridge the political divisions within the country. We give thanks for the success of their annual Synod meeting and pray that your blessing will be upon the newly-elected...Read more...
By: Magyolene Rodriguez Apr 17, 2017
Lectionary Selection: John 20:19-31
Prayers for Nicaragua:
During the time of reflection that brings Holy Week, we remember the many paths that Jesus walked in his journey; trails and stories that maybe many of us will never know or imagine. On this day of prayer for Nicaragua, I would like you to reflect on a moment when you have felt alone, a moment where you saw no way out of their problems,...Read more...
By: Paul Turner Apr 12, 2017
16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that...Read more...
By: Jeffrey Mensendiek Apr 12, 2017
“Life is never about being correct, but only and always about being connected. Just stay connected. At all costs stay connected.” Richard Rohr
These words give me a framework for God’s mission and how I want to live out God’s love for this world. If only we would stop building walls and dividing people. If only we could discover ways to cherish our common humanity, or to appreciate the inter-connectedness of all living...Read more...
By: Scott Nicholson Apr 12, 2017
Our current president who just moved into government-subsidized housing in Washington, D.C. said during the campaign that Mexico was sending rapists and criminals to the U.S. I’ve met with many people here in Nogales that have just been deported from the U.S. They’ve told me, often with tears in their eyes, that they made the risky journey to the U.S. in search of work so that they could provide for their families back...Read more...