By: Mark Behle Mar 06, 2018
When you read the story of the Israelites’ forty years of wandering in the desert, you find plenty of examples where they rebelled and wanted to return to Egypt. Given that they were in bondage there, it might be hard to understand why they would want to go back. But the uncertainty of the future can seem quite daunting, even when compared to a bad and familiar situation. Once out in the desert, the Israelites remembered the delicious...Read more...
By: Ricardo Mayol Mar 05, 2018
Lectionary Selection: John 3:14-21
Prayers for Guatemala:
Together, we will join our ideas and dreams, we will make visible the other world that is possible; a world of peace with justice, where "good living" is for everyone, without exception. We know that a world of peace requires many hands, hearts, and voices. Aware that the violence that strikes each country is on the every continent, we are joining together...Read more...
By: Judy Chan Mar 02, 2018
In early March, hundreds of women (and some men) will gather at the Chinese Rhenish Church Hong Kong for the 2018 World Day of Prayer Service. This global ecumenical movement is celebrated in over 170 countries, and Hong Kong is an active member of this international Christian women’s prayer initiative.Read more...
By: Joanines Adorno-Diaz Feb 19, 2018
Lectionary Selection: Mark 8:31-38 or Mark 9:2-9
Prayers for India:
Gracious God, we want to take this time and simply thank you. Thank you for the life you have given us and the wonderful opportunities you give us to serve others. It can be a scary thing when we think of denying and putting aside our own desires, stepping out of comfort zones to go serve someone else. It is...Read more...
By: Joshua J. Busick Feb 12, 2018
Lectionary Selection: Mark 1: 9-15
Prayers for the Dominican Republic:
Gracious and loving God,
We thank you for the hope and guidance you show us every day. Your forgiving love was shown through Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit appearing in purity as a dove. We pray that you continue to guide us with this purity and love, where we can spread this blessing to every person that...Read more...
By: Lauren Robinson Feb 05, 2018
Lectionary Selection: Mark 9: 2-9
Prayers for the Philippines:
Lord, thank you for the beautiful image of friends bringing the paralyzed man to Jesus in Mark 2. Like the paralyzed man, we often need help in attaining spiritual and physical wholeness. God, you have made the whole world interdependent and in need of each other's support. Right now, we give praise for the Republic of the Philippines. A beautiful country filled...Read more...
By: Scott Couper Jan 30, 2018
Lectionary Selection: Mark 1:29-39
Prayers for South Africa:
Gracious God, by your power, make the Gospel message universal. Teach us through the ministry of Jesus Christ, the Word, that the Gospel is ‘good news’ and not ‘law and order.’ Through the Holy Spirit, provide us an epiphany that alerts us to the fact that the Gospel is not determined by national borders made by humans. May you, our God, the Son...Read more...
By: Loren McGrail Jan 29, 2018
Jonah 3:10; Mark 1:14-20
“If you become a fish in a trout stream, said his mother,
I will become a fisherman and I will fish for you.”
This is my call story plain and simple. It is also one of the stories in Margaret Wise Brown’s children’s book, The Runaway Bunny which I read to my daughter Colette, religiously alternating with Brown’s other book, Good Night Moon. Both books allow for imaginative add-ons like “Good night dust under my bed”,...Read more...