By: Nishan Bakalian Sep 26, 2019
Today (Sept. 21), at one of the events celebrating the 28th Independence Day of Armenia, the announcer posed this question to the audience in Gyumri, the second-largest city: “Each of us must ask this: ‘What am I doing today to ensure that Armenia has a future?’” That’s a good question to ask about any endeavor in which you are involved. But it should be on the lips of Christians everywhere regarding the church and its calling in this world.Read more...
By: Ignacio Salinas Sep 23, 2019
Lectionary Selection: Luke 16:1-13
Prayers for Nicaragua:
Dear God, help us to be faithful to you and our siblings in times of need. May your grace give us strength and commitment to serve your cause and to do it with honesty, transparency, and a sense of justice. Deliver us from intentions that move away from your will and teach us your path of peace, love, and hope. In the name of...Read more...
By: Judy Chan Sep 16, 2019
Lectionary Selection: Luke 16:1-13
Prayers for Hong Kong:
O God, we know one day each of us must stand before you to give an accounting of our lives. How did we manage the responsibilities you entrusted to us? How did we handle the resources you placed in our hands? What did we give back to you in return for all you have given us? Whether we have little or much, may...Read more...
By: Fiona Kendall Sep 09, 2019
Lectionary Selection: Luke 16:1-10
Prayers for Italy:
We live in confusing times when we often crave simplicity and black and white thinking can seem attractive. We can be slow to get informed, slow to think for ourselves and slow to express an alternative view.
Yet we are called to live by kingdom values and not to take the easy way...Read more...
By: Anne Gregory Sep 02, 2019
Lectionary Selection: Luke 14:25-35
Prayers for Thailand:
You ask us, Gracious God, through the words of Jesus, to “count the cost” of the holy journey. Help us to appreciate the freedom that comes from placing our life and our hopes in your hands, God of mercy. Let us, like the Christians in Thailand, be brave enough to appreciate “sacrifice,” and to trust that the Way of Jesus brings new life and...Read more...
By: Danielle Murry-Knowles Aug 26, 2019
Lectionary Selection: Luke 14:1, 7-14
Prayers for Lesotho:
O God, we pray for Lesotho, a country that holds both spectacular beauty and stark challenges within its borders.
We are grateful for the magnificence of the mountains and the alluring austerity of the lowlands in mid-winter. We thank you for the richness and goodness of life lived, from the chaotic hustle and bustle of marketplaces to the isolation and solitude of expansive grazing...Read more...
By: Danielle Murry-Knowles Aug 20, 2019
One of the most intimate settings in which we’ve been able to connect with our Basotho neighbors has been at our weekly Prayer Circle meetings, Thapelong. Thapelong gatherings are encouraged denomination-wide in the Lesotho Evangelical Church of Southern Africa (LECSA) and are seen by many involved in church-life as a vital expression of their faith. The LECSA church that we attend in the capital city of Maseru is very large and has many Thapelong groups organized by neighborhood.Read more...
By: Aura (Violeta) Rocha-Areas Aug 19, 2019
Lectionary Selection: Luke 13:10-17
Prayers for El Salvador:
We thank God for this woman hunched over from the Gospel of Luke, who impresses us with her strength to remain visible in spite of the bend in her back in religious and social spaces and at the same time invisible because of the reality of exclusion in her society and religion for 18 years.
We thank God for the Salvadoran women who...Read more...
By: Eleazar Fernandez Aug 12, 2019
Lectionary Selection: Luke 12:49-56
Prayers for the Philippines:
Our land is bleeding, O God, as well as your people. We raise to you our pains and laments!
Extractive industries continue to expose the veins of the earth, mine its wealth, plunder its resources, destroy its ecosystem, and displace the indigenous peoples. Those who resist are often silenced. The Philippines has now topped others countries in the numbers of people killed in...Read more...