By: Loletta Barrett Jan 15, 2014
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 4:12–23
Prayers for Namibia:
God of fish and sea, snake and desert, God who meets us where we are, come close to your people in Namibia with rain for the drought in the land and your Spirit to nourish the people. Open their hearts and minds to the Good News of your boundless Love and your ever-present Companionship. Embrace them with joy and peace. Amen.
By: Nicole Betteridge Jan 09, 2014
Lectionary Selection: Isaiah 49:1–7
Prayers for Laos:
Loving God, as we reflect on the year past and the new one ahead, we are reminded of your presence and abundant blessings in our lives. Thank you God, for peace and strength in times of stress, uncertainty, and sadness. Thank you for rejoicing gladness and laughter in the moments we share with those we love. Gracious God, be with the beautiful...Read more...
By: Matthew Fehse Jan 08, 2014
The United Church of Christ in the Philippines exemplifies what we are called to do in Deuteronomy 15:7-8 “If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it...Read more...
By: Benjamin Ewert Jan 03, 2014
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 3:13–17
Prayers for Thailand:
Dear God, just as your spirit washed over Jesus’ baptism, we pray that your spirit washes over the Church of Christ in Thailand. Renew her community and refresh her with open hearts and minds each day to do your will and to be a blessing to others. Inspire and sustain the generous spirit in the church as she continues to bring HIV/AIDS education...Read more...
By: Lindsey Mercer Dec 12, 2013
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 2:1–12
Prayers for Mexico:
God, just like the magi, please give us the wisdom to seek you, the light to guide us to you, the generosity to lay our gifts before you, the love to open our hearts to you, the faith to live in your word, and the graciousness to worship you forever. God, may we be like the magi who traveled afar to...Read more...
By: Elena Huegel Dec 09, 2013
Lectionary Selection: Psalm 148
Prayers for Chile:
Praise God from the ends of the earth, from the beautiful land of Chile: You great sea lions sunning on the rocks off the port of Valparaíso and the ocean depths that bathe this country along its thousands of coastal miles! Storms and rainbows, melting winter snows and billowing clouds, howling winds that spread the seeds of new growth and hope!...Read more...
By: Susan Valiquette Dec 09, 2013
Lectionary Selection: Matt 1: 18-25
Prayers for South Africa:
Gracious God, in a world in which so many feel rejected and ashamed, intercede and bring solace. Continue to inspire us to reach out to those who are different to explore a variety of cultural experiences and to discern all that we share in common. Bind us together with a faith that cannot be shaken. May...Read more...
By: Tim Fonderlin Dec 05, 2013
Lectionary Selection: Luke 1: 47-55
Prayers for Haiti:
“Like Mary our spirits rejoice in You O God, our Savior, for we know we belong to the One who is merciful, who fills the hungry, who exalts the humble and who keeps every promise. Such knowledge encourages us to live as people of hope.
We pray this same hope for Haiti and her people...Read more...
By: Lindsey Mercer Dec 03, 2013
In Mexico I do not get the pleasure to see children every day. I do not get to see the smiles, receive the hugs, and know that they are being taken care of. When I was in Guatemala, the number one thing that brought joy to my life was the children. As I walked to the school, I knew that I was going to receive many, many hugs, smiles, and laughter from the students. And they...Read more...