By: Jeanette Salley Jan 16, 2019
Celebrating Christmas and New Year in Nicaragua begins about a week before Advent with the sound of firecrackers and the display of fireworks all day and through the night until the day after New Years.Read more...
By: Paul Turner Jan 14, 2019
Lectionary Selection: John 2:1-11
Prayers for Democratic Republic of Congo:
We thank you for answering so many prayers on December 30, 2018, Election Day in DR Congo. A day spared from widespread violence and upheaval. We thank you for protecting all of the volunteer election observers serving under the Churches of Christ in Congo (known by its French acronym, ECC), one of three Global Ministries’ partners in DR Congo. We are grateful that most ECC election observers were mostly...Read more...
By: Douglas Smith Jan 08, 2019
Although I ate many and varied dishes during my stay, my hosts in Japan had never heard of kotsudan. According to Dave Barry it’s a dish made with dates although I suspect he got the name wrong. One of my favorite Japanese dishes was lamb grilled in the style of the Hokkaido Islanders. I watched my friends cook the lamb with cabbage and shallots on a small square grill on their...Read more...
By: Kearstin Bailey Jan 07, 2019
Lectionary Selection: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
Prayers for Greece:
Loving God, Creator of the heavens and earth, we come before you today with hearts filled with hope for the New Year – one more just and loving than the last. Despite the chaos in our lives and our world, we know you are with us as we work to embody your radical love.
Things are constantly evolving in our world: people seeking refuge...Read more...
By: Cara McKinney Dec 31, 2018
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 2:1-12
Prayers for Mexico:
Mother and Father God,
Today, we thank you for the gift of the wise men, who showed such courage not only in taking the steps to begin their journey but also in deciding to not return to Herod. Let these wise men be our guiding star this holiday season as we attempt to continue to discern what is good and right in the world.
Dearest God, help us to continue to do what...Read more...
By: Elena Huegel Dec 28, 2018
Eph. 3:7-12, Mt. 2:1-18
Thoughts for Epiphany
Sermon by the Rev. Beverly Prestwood-Taylor, Athol Congregational Church
Poem by Elena Huegel, Global Ministries
Change is so hard. Everyone has trouble with it.Read more...
By: Phyllis Byrd Dec 24, 2018
Lectionary Selection: Luke 2:41-52
Prayers for Kenya:
The restoration work of the Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC) in the restoring the earth in a massive tree planting throughout Africa and giving communities alternative cooking sources so that trees are not cut for charcoal.
The restoration work of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) as the reach out to Anglophone Cameroon and offer Church leadership a room in their guesthouse...Read more...