11 On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. - Matthew 2:11 NRSVRead more
Rev. Dr. Patrick Villier
June 24, 1963 - December 15, 2016
Patrick Villier, 53, was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. June 24th, 1963. He was married to Francoise Stvil Villier. He raised a family of 6 children and 5 grandchildren.Read more
In the October 2016 newsletter from the Interchurch Center for Social and Theological Studies (CIEETS), they shared the following article about a workshop that was supported by Global Ministries through a grant from Week of Compassion. This article has been translated into English from the original newsletter. To access the full newsletter (Spanish), click here.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 1:18-25
Prayers for the Dominican Republic:
You have given us many ways to receive your messages and love your creation better. Open our minds so that we receive dreams the way Joseph did. Soften our hearts so that we act with empathy in our relationships the way Joseph did. Strengthen our courage so that we accept the challenges you present to us in this life.
We lift up the developing partnerships of Caminante. Bless them as they journey into new projects and communities. Keep us ready to learn of new and challenging ways to honor them as our partner in mission.
May their deepest need be met by your unending love. May they continue to choose us as a companion in this work of making things on Earth as they are in Heaven.
“Y dio a luz a su hijo primogénito, y lo envolvió en pañales, y lo acostó en un pesebre, porque no había lugar para ellos en el mesón. Y dio a luz a su hijo primogénito, y lo envolvió en pañales, y lo acostó en un pesebre, porque no había lugar para ellos en el mesón.” Lucas 2:7
María estaba montada en un asno y José estaba caminando a su lado mientras viajaban por el muro fronterizo de Nogales en busca de refugio durante la Posada del Inmigrante. La posadas recreaba el viaje de hace 2000 años cuando a María y a José les fuera negado alojamiento en varias estaciones a lo largo del camino y son finalmente bienvenidos en un lugar al final de la procesión. Una lluvia fría estaba cayendo este día, pero por un breve momento, el sol salió y apareció un arco iris.
The Inter-Ecclesial Dialogue for Peace -DiPaz- intervened in the plenary of the Senate of the Republic on the 29th of November, 2016, on the occasion of the debates that are carried out in the Congress and that seek the endorsement of the agreements of Havana between the National Government and the FARC- EP. The intervention of DiPaz in the framework of the debate of endorsement is represented in Jenny Neme, director of Justapaz.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 3:1-12
Prayers for Mexico:
Spirit of God, thank you for your love that includes the people in Mexico. Thank you for churches like the Christian Church Disciples of Christ and Iglesia Discipulos de Cristo de Mexico who work together to spread the news of your radical inclusive love. Spirit of God you move in us and through us and we are grateful. Your love changes things; it continues to change hearts and lives. Thank you for people, who are home and yet believe supporting the work of accompaniment is important. Thank you for love that is inclusive.Read more
On 29 December 1996, a peace agreement was signed by the government of Guatemala and the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity officially ending the 36-year civil war. This historical event happened thanks to the spiritual, pastoral, economic, and political accompaniment of the Ecumenical Council, which included the World Council of Churches, the National Council of Christian Churches in the USA, the Latin American Council of Churches, the Lutheran World Federation, the United Church of Canada, and Global Ministries as well as the blessing of Pope John Paul II.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Luke 23:33-43
Prayers for Colombia:
Today we come before you to lift up the country of Colombia and our partners in mission there. This is an exciting time in Colombia. After 52 years of war, the Colombian government and FARC rebels have recently signed a peace accord. We pray for peace in Colombia and we pray for violence to end all over the world.
Our Global Ministries partners, Justapaz - the Colombian Mennonite Center for Justice, Peace and Nonviolent Action and the Peace Commission of the Evangelical Council of Colombia have actively engaged with the peace process through the Interchurch Dialogue for Peace – DiPaz. We pray for Colombia's peacemakers, may you guide their work.
Christ, you were crucified with criminals at a place called Golgotha, the place of the skull, outside Jerusalem's walls. In death, as in life, you drew close to the outcasts of society, showing them transforming love and inviting them to join you in God’s kingdom. We thank you for the transformational, kingdom-building, peace-giving work of our partners in Colombia.
Help us to walk with them, the paths of peace. Amen.