Lectionary Selection: Matthew 4:12-23
Prayers for Egypt:
Loving and Peaceful God!
We thank you today for those who heard your call to join Jesus in his mission and answered willingly. Will you continue to bless those, who like Simon Peter, Andrew, James, and John, continue to serve in your mission? May this blessing extend to those who saw suffering in their communities around the globe and through you decided to bring relief to those who suffered.
We ask you to guide us to become a part of your mission for this world. Help us to hear how we might be called to serve others, and lead our hands to answer Jesus’ call.
In your son’s name we pray,
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! Psalm 133:1
I had the misfortune of misplacing my phone on a microbus. This is by no means an unheard of situation in the chaotic world of Cairo public transportation. After a few days of mourning my pocket-sized computer, the silver linings surpassed the size of the storm cloud quickly.Read more
“Terrorism has no religion; it has no homeland.”
-Rev. Dr. Andrea Zaki, CEOSS General Director
I had the pleasure of visiting St. Mark’s Cathedral a few months ago with members of a delegation from Global Ministries, Week of Compassion, and One Great Hour of Sharing. The grounds of St. Mark’s house the offices of BLESS (the Coptic Orthodox Church Bishopric of Public, Ecumenical and Social Services), the Coptic Orthodox counterpart to CEOSS.
Cairo is full of relics. From the bones and possessions of saints and miracle workers to a cave that is believed to have housed the holy family as they fled to Egypt to avoid the wrath of king Herod. In my time here, I have had the opportunity to drink from a source that is thought to have nourished Jesus in his infancy, and held the chains and shackles of martyrs. However, these are not the relics that motivate or inform my daily work.Read more
Three weeks ago, I had the misfortune of misplacing my phone on a micro bus. While not common, this is by no means an unheard of situation in the chaotic world of Cairo public transportation. After a few days of mourning my pocket sized computer that organized my life, the silver linings surpassed the size of the storm cloud quickly.Read more
Written by the World Council of Churches
How can the early founding fathers of the church inform us as Christians in the 21st century, what stands at the centre of their theology, and how can we continue to envision a future of unity in the church? The questions were numerous as scholars, students and theologians met at the Anaphora Institute near Cairo, Egypt, to explore the theme of “Saint Irenaeus and Enlightened Humanity” on 14-16 December.Read more
It was with horror and sadness that we witnessed bomb attacks in Cairo and Istanbul this weekend. We extend our deepest condolences and prayers to the families of those killed, and we fervently pray for the health and healing of the injured. We offer our support and solidarity for communities in Egypt and Turkey, for the populations of Syria and Iraq, and for all people who live in the face of violence and fear everyday throughout the Middle East and beyond.Read more
The story shared by Fr Yukoub Babawe of the Oum-El-Nour Relief Committee of the Syrian Orthodox Church in Iraq’s city of Erbil moved and challenged participants at a recent meeting in Beirut.Read more
"Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His mercy endures forever" (Psalm 136:1)
Final Statement of the 11th General Assembly of the Middle East Council of Churches, issued in Amman, Jordan, on 8 September 2016.Read more
The role of religions in promoting peace and countering violence was discussed during a two-day dialogue between the Muslim Council of Elders and the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva, Switzerland from 30 September to 1 October. Two sessions of talks, hosted by the WCC, involved presentations and discussions on key aspects of peacebuilding and interreligious dialogue, paying special attention to combating religious extremism leading to violence in many parts of the world.Read more