By: Jeffrey Mensendiek Sep 22, 2020
You are invited to share love and hope by participating in the Christmas Card Project with partner churches in Japan this year. This project was started in 2013 in response to the terrible devastation that our partners experienced after the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster of 2011. Each year, 35 to 40 UCC and Disciples of Christ churches have reached out globally through prayer by sending a Christmas card to one or two churches in northeastern Japan. This year, given...Read more...
By: Larry Colvin Sep 21, 2020
Lectionary Selection: Exodus 17:1-7
Prayers for Ghana:
As we offer our gifts to you, O God, remind us that they are but gifts you have provided to us for our daily needs. Often we grumble, particularly in this time of Covid-19 that has brought us to a wilderness full of questions and concerns. Yet, you remain among us, faithful and plentiful.
We remember those who heard your call to leave homes...Read more...
By: Elena Huegel Sep 14, 2020
Lectionary Selection: Exodus 16:2-15
Prayers for Mexico:
Our God, heart of the sky - heart of the earth,
we who live in the birthplace of corn, who eat thin wafers called tortillas that fall not from the heavens but are a rich gift from mother earth, we ask your Spirit to transform our complaints into a joyous passion for abundant life.
As we complain about conflicts: shape our collective strength, resistance in...Read more...
By: Robert Howard Sep 08, 2020
Lectionary Selection: Exodus: 14:19-31
Prayers for Fiji:
In the darkest of times, the Lord is there with us. While the Egyptian army pursued the Israelites on their trek to a better life, God was ever-present and assisted the refugees all along the way. In the final desperate hour, intervening through the natural world, God played a pivotal role by acting as both a protector and ultimate defender of the Israelites. This intervention can...Read more...
By: Judy Chan Aug 24, 2020
Lectionary Selection: Romans 12:9-21
Prayers for Hong Kong:
O Lord, in the face of so much evil in our world, guide us on the noble path in obedience to Your holy commands. When facing overwhelming odds, we remember that You only call us to be faithful. “Success” in the world’s eyes is not guaranteed. We leave the final judgment to You, our just and merciful God. May the Church and the people...Read more...
By: Larry Colvin Aug 20, 2020
The gathering may have been smaller and the celebration more subdued but the joy of God’s presence and the excitement of accomplishment and new beginnings still permeated the air as the Evangelical Presbyterian Theological Seminary gathered for its annual service of consecration on August 15th.Read more...
By: Mark Knowles Aug 17, 2020
Lectionary Selection: Exodus 1:8-2,10
Prayers for Lesotho:
God, in troubling times you raise up talented leaders, those set apart and trained to do your work, to confront oppression, to care for the hurting, to respond to crises. As a new group of pastors and lay leaders graduate from Morija Theological Seminary this August, we pray for them. We pray that, though they will not have a graduation ceremony, they still feel...Read more...