By: Fritz-Gerald Joseph Jun 10, 2018
Lectionary Selection: Mark 4:26-34
Prayers for Morocco:
You who give seed to the sower, harvest and fruit to humankind. We are thankful for every seed of love, joy, peace and justice that has been sown into the rich soil of this country. We surely know that in due time, they will bring forth abundant fruit.
May you strengthen the work of the Evangelical Protestant Church of Morocco that we...Read more...
By: Jeffrey Mensendiek Jun 03, 2018
Lectionary Selection: Mark 3:20-35
Prayers for Japan:
God, your Spirit opens us to new patterns of relationship,
Just as Jesus sat with like-minded people and called them his family, allow us to embrace people who have a common heart for peace and dialogue, and to see them as family. At this time we are particularly mindful of the people of East Asia,...Read more...
By: Linda James May 29, 2018
Lectionary Selection: Mark 2:23-3:6
Prayers for Democratic Republic of Congo:
Our faith teaches us love and joyful service. Each day, may our deeds and our words reflect your teachings and guidance. Just as Jesus responded with love and kindness by healing the man’s shriveled hand in the synagogue, so shall we respond in kindness and faith to needs as they present themselves. (Mark 2:23-3:6)
Christ’s commitment to us...Read more...
By: Carlos Sediles-Real May 21, 2018
Lectionary Selection: John 3:1-17
Prayers for Mexico:
God of the Past, the Present and the Future,
We thank you for the new life you give us in your Son Jesus, through whom we can participate in your kingdom. Thank you for Jesus, our light and bearer of a new creation.
We affirm our faith in the missionary God, who so loved the world that he gave his Son to save us....Read more...
By: Jeffrey Mensendiek May 14, 2018
Teruko’s funeral was like no other. She called it a “Celebration of Life” Her dream was to build a “blended community.” She wanted to bring people together from all walks of life, and to witness the birthing of something new. She had choreographed her own farewell party. She wanted us to wear bright dazzling colors, instead of the customary black mourning clothes. The rainbow was to be the symbol...Read more...
By: Sara Makari May 14, 2018
Lectionary Selection: John 15:26-27:16:4b-15
Prayers for Israel/Palestine:
Come Comforter, Holy Spirit, Love Divine: descend upon your people – Israelis and Palestinians – in this land. Reveal to them a new vision of reconciliation amid conflict, and open before them new paths for peace. Uphold their pursuits of justice and righteousness in the face of violations against their humanity. Fortify their courage and tenacity for hope when despair assaults them and frustrates their quest...Read more...
By: Jeanette Salley May 11, 2018
This is an action producing statement because it expresses how the church, the body of Christ, should do ministry—and that is, to follow Jesus as He leaves the church building to “be” in the streets where, according to scripture, His message of love, forgiveness, life, mercy, and grace can be revealed. It’s a wonderful and enriching experience to attend worship service on Sunday and to continue to worship by following Jesus. It’s a wonderful and enriching experience to attend prayer...Read more...
By: Tom Liddle May 11, 2018
Seven youth from Lospalos recently spent two days traveling to a spring youth event that was attended by 70 youth of our partner church here, the Protestant Church in Timor-Leste. During the two nights spent in the village of Beasu, evil spirits struck all five of the Lospalos girls who went. Some had stomach pains, minor tremors, and brief moments of dissociation. Two girls had hysterical outbursts and had to be physically restrained...Read more...