By: Nishan Bakalian Jul 29, 2019
Wending our way through the narrow streets of Bourj Hammoud (just outside Beirut) this week, my son and I stopped at the shop of a childhood friend of Maria’s. Usually when I pass by this fellow’s tiny workplace he’s busy at one of his sewing machines, assembling parts for shoes that are manufactured there.Read more...
By: Jeffrey Mensendiek Jul 29, 2019
Lectionary Selection: Luke 12:13-21
Prayers for Japan:
God, who speaks to us through parables,
Jesus told a parable about a rich fool who looked upon his blessings and then went about building himself a new barn where he could store his crops. Life had been good to him so he told himself, “Relax, eat, drink, and be merry,” for he was pleased with what he had. But the fool didn’t know...Read more...
By: Marilyn Cooper Jul 22, 2019
Lectionary Selection: Luke 11:1-13
Prayers for Ecuador:
Thanks God, that you have shown us how to pray. Thanks that we may ask of You and it will be given; that we may seek and we will find; that we may knock and the door will be opened. Your Holy Spirit comes to us in many ways including in our work on your behalf.
Oh Lord, we ask that the Holy Spirit...Read more...
By: Judy Chan Jul 19, 2019
New conflicts are happening daily in Hong Kong in mass protests against the Hong Kong government. What triggered the last four weeks of mind-boggling events was the government’s unwise proposal to allow Hong Kong residents charged with certain crimes to be extradited to other jurisdictions, even where there was no formal agreement between the two places.Read more...
By: Victoria Peagler Jul 15, 2019
Lectionary Selection: Luke 10:38-42
Prayers for Botswana:
You who are the Good Shepherd of your people, I pray for your people around the globe that they may experience your love and come to appreciate your abundance of peace and true justice. Oh Lord our Redeemer, this day I specifically pray for the people of Botswana and for our partners with Global Ministries.
I further pray, Oh Lord, that you will heal...Read more...
By: Danielle Murry-Knowles Jul 09, 2019
In mid-May I had the pleasure of traveling to Soweto, South Africa with members of Planning Commission of the Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa (LECSA) to assist with a Strategic Planning Workshop for church leaders and lay people in Gauteng Presbytery.Read more...
By: Fiona Kendall Jul 08, 2019
In a city of many significant staircases, the Spanish Steps represent one of the best known. Sweeping grandly down from the church of Santissima Trinità dei Monti to Bernini’s Barcaccia fountain, this has been a place of transit and meeting since the eighteenth century.Read more...
By: Fritz-Gerald Joseph Jul 08, 2019
Lectionary Selection: Luke 10:25-37
Prayers for Morocco:
Precious God, creator of heaven and earth, giver and sustainer of life, in You we live and move and have our beings. There is nothing we can do without you. And all that we are able to do is because of You. We are crying out to you for this beautiful land of Morocco and for all of us who dwell in it.