By: Eleazar Fernandez Dec 17, 2018
Lectionary Selection: Luke 1:39-45, (46-55)
Prayers for the Philippines:
God of mercy and steadfast love, incline your ears to the cry and anguish of your suffering people. They have suffered so much from the hands of the haughty and the mighty, and many of them are dying before their time. Many are without bread and hungry even as they labor day and night in the fields and factories, while others are wallowing...Read more...
By: Tom Liddle Dec 13, 2018
Reflection for Advent III, Sunday December 16, 2018
Isaiah 12:1-6; Luke 3:7-18
On Thursday of this week we’ll have 40 – 60 youth arriving at Immanuel Church Lospalos for a Christmas youth event. They’ll be coming from the eastern part of Timor-Leste for three days of fellowship, faith development and fun! This generation of Timorese youth is particularly vulnerable. They are, mostly, born after the independence struggle and are therefore somewhat estranged from the identity-shaping power of that time. They...Read more...
By: Emmanuela Loccident Dec 11, 2018
My first Christmas in Morocco, last year, was quite emotional.
Here’s what I mean by that: I am ministering in a beautiful country, rich in history and culture, which is also a Muslim country which is not celebrating the birth of our Lord, yet acknowledges His ministry as a prophet.Read more...
By: Bruce Van Voorhis Dec 10, 2018
Sermon preached at Kowloon Union Church, Second Sunday of Advent and Human Rights Sunday
Old Testament: Micah 6:6–8
Epistle: James 1:22–25
Gospel: Matthew 22:34–40
Today, Lord, may the meditations of my heart, of my mind and of my spirit be acceptable and pleasing to you, the God of life that offers peace to all people, and may they express the wisdom you have given to each one of us....Read more...
By: Tom Liddle Dec 05, 2018
Reflection for Advent 2, December 9, 2018
Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6
Walking into the Lospalos hospital, we followed a trail of dried blood drops up the stairs, through a hall and across a dirty tile floor to the emergency room. We don’t do x-rays or casts at Clinic Immanuel so a few of us were taking a kid with a broken arm to the government hospital. My colleague put the child on a dingy examination bed. I stepped over some...Read more...
By: Anne Gregory Dec 05, 2018
During Elizabeth’s sixth month of pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to a virgin girl who lived in Nazareth, a town in Galilee. She was engaged to marry a man named Joseph from the family of David. Her name was Mary.The angel came to her and said, “Greetings! The Lord is with you; you are very special to him.”Read more...
By: Global Ministries Dec 03, 2018
Lectionary Selection: Luke 3:7-18
Prayers for Israel/Palestine:
God Who Hears the Cries of the Oppressed, bring relief to all in the world who suffer the political ruthlessness of a Tiberius, Pilate or Herod, to all who suffer the self-serving religious indifference of an Annas or Caiaphas.
Move the faithful in churches, synagogues and mosques, along with people of good will, to prepare your way, to fill every valley with justice, to...Read more...
By: Elena Huegel Nov 30, 2018
At the grocery store yesterday, the smells from a newly arranged corner of the fruit and vegetable area transported me back to my early childhood at the Theological Community in Mexico City. There were "tejocotes" (the internet translates this fruit as the Mexican hawthorne), cinnamon sticks, "piloncillo" (blocks of distilled and hardened sugar cane), tangerines, raw sugar cane, raisins and tamarind fruit, the ingredients for the Mexican Christmas hot punch, neatly arranged in preparation for the coming of advent. I...Read more...